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"Riding Lessons" with Bo Derek - CinemaDave

Jan. 26th, 2006 08:09 pm "Riding Lessons" with Bo Derek

The name "Bo Derek" conjures up many "B" words;
"Riding Lessons Everything that matters in life I learned from horses" is Bo Derek's autobiography.
Born Cathy Collins in California, Bo was a child that used to hang out with her Mom's showbiz friend, Ann-Margret. As a teenager she met actor John Derek and eventually married this man, 30 years her senior.

Bo discusses her friendships with John Derek's ex wives;
Ursula Andrews and Linda Evans. She describes her adventures in film making and her iconic 1979 film, "10." Bo honestly admits that she knew that she was not a good actress, but she knew how to pose in front of the lens. He most passionate writing concerns her love of horses and horseback writing.

Bo is smart enough not to bad mouth people, but she has some choice comments about certain individuals. One wishes that she discussed her last financially successful movie,
"Tommy Boy" with the late Chris Farley and David Spade.

A woman with a definite independent streak,
Bo Derek bucked the Hollywood elite by being
a spokesperson for the Republicans during the 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns.
A fun read. http://www.boderek.com/

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Date:January 28th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)

John Derek

A John Derek performance I enjoyed watching was his role as John Wilkes Booth in "The Prince of Players" released in 1955, starring Richard Burton as Edwin Booth. I think John Derek really captured what Wilkes Booth was said to be like.

In the early 1890's Edwin Booth made a recording of Othello, Act I Scene 3.

At http://www.josephhawarth.com/edwin_booth.htm you can click on a gramaphone icon to hear it. You need to scroll down to near the bottom of the page to find the gramaphone icon. The recording is very rough but this site also has the text you can read as the recording plays which makes it easier to hear and follow.

Getting online recordings to play can be iffy at times, so if it does not work just type Edwin Booth Othello recording at Google and it should lead to other choices that might play. A second choice I found for the Edwin Booth recording is at http://www.britannica.com/shakespeare/browse?browseId=248018 and you need to scroll down about one third of the way to see Edwin Booth's name, but it is a bit difficult to pick out unless you look carefully.

Edwin Booth displays beautiful technique in this brief recording. He could easily find stage work as as Shakespearean actor today. Brothers sometimes have similar voices, so perhaps it also suggests what John Wilkes sounded like.

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