Sidney Poitier, one of America's finest actors, has died at age 94. Two of my personal favorites among his many films are THE DEFIANT ONES and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. To read about his remarkable career and passing, click on the link below:
To continue with reflecting on the passing of Sidney Poitier, I thought folks might enjoy the following recollection by Ray Bradbury himself, which appeared in Sam Weller's excellent LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS:
"I was standing on the corner one day in Beverly Hills and Sidney Poitier, the actor, drove by and stood up out of his car and yelled over at me, he said, 'Mr. Bradbury, I'm Sidney Poitier and I love you!' And he drove off. Those moments, they last forever."
Sad news, indeed, fjp451. Yvette Mimieux was one of Hollywood's most lovely and talented actresses. Of course, her connection to Ray Bradbury is that she co-starred, with Albert Finney, in the 1969 film THE PICASSO SUMMER, which was based on Ray's short story, "In A Season of Calm Weather". And I am the proud owner of Ms. Mimieux's personal copy of the script from that film. (I will add that Ray did not care for that film at all, as his original script was completely re-written by someone else.)
Anyone wanting to know more about the sad history of the film THE PICASSO SUMMER can read the article "LIGHTS! CAMERA! PICASSO! ...and Me" by artist Sandra Sallin, whose husband was involved in the making of the film. Just click on the link below. Incidentally, the film was not released to theaters but was sold directly to television. It is, however, available on DVD and for on-line purchase. Just lower your expectations. There is a reason the film did not receive a theatrical release...it's not very good.