Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday Evening Post for March 28th, 2020: "A Broad, a Dame, and a Gal" - Some Thoughts On and Pics Of Angie Dickinson ... Plus ... O.K., OK


This entry is meant to be a badly needed break from all terrible and traumatic things COVID-19 pandemic, novel coronavirus, and SARS-CoV-2 (formal name of 2019-nCoV). In that spirit, I offer this posting on a most remarkable American actress of the 20th Century, Miss Angie Dickinson.

By way of contextual explanation, on Thursday night ...

... while doing my more-or-less weekly laundry tonight in the downstairs laundry room, I thought of a funny line from The Golden Girls to text Gary. (As background, we text GG lines to each other at least once a day.) The line that popped into my head (for whatever reason) was from the episode "Mr. Terrific" in which actor Bob Dishy (still alive at 86) plays a children's television show host, Mr. Terrific, who is dating Rose.

At one point, he is showing cards featuring pictures of objects that are supposed to be hot -- but that he apparently doesn't know what they are of ahead of time:

[Stove picture] "A stove is hot ..." [Cup of coffee picture] "Coffee is hot ..." [Random Angie Dickinson picture] "Angie Dickinson is hot ... Oh, very funny, Mr. Producer ..."


That line got me to looking up about Angie Dickinson, and I was happy to discover that she is still alive at age 88 and seems to be doing well, living alone but seemingly happy in her Beverly Hills hilltop mansion. I mention the happy part because she lost her daughter to suicide back in 2007. That was her only child -- by her ex-husband, Burt Bacharach, who is also still going at 91.


Anyway, I found a wonderful interview of Dickinson by Mo Rocca from Feb 2019 on CBS Sunday Morning. The interview originally on Feb 24, 2019. There is an article that accompanies it that is here (link embedded): Frank talk with Angie Dickinson.


The article contains an embedded video of the interview. While I can't embed that one, I was able to find a YouTube version of it. The video is a bit over 9 minutes long. There is some extra bit featured in another video embedded in the article -- namely, where she talks about why she views having been in Police Woman as a mistake, but why she did it.



Wow, what a life. Sinatra. John Wayne. Bitch-slapped in a movie by Ronald Reagan (!). Police Woman.


As the YouTube page summary states:

Angie Dickinson's film and TV career has been a half-century-long master class in the art of seduction. Mo Rocca talked with the star of the '70s hit Police Woman, and such films as Rio Bravo and Dressed to Kill about becoming an inspiration for aspiring policewomen, her relationships with such stars as Frank Sinatra and Burt Bacharach, and the #MeToo movement.

About the #MeToo movement, she said flatly, "I hate it." And she explains why.


I love when Mo Rocca asks her -- "Do you consider yourself more of a broad, a dame, or a gal??" She replies: "Oh, all of the above."

This follows a clip from the 1967 movie Point Blank in which she physically beats on Lee Marvin.


Interestingly, Dishy in real life is married to Judy Graubart, an actress and comedian best known for being on the 1970s PBS children's show The Electric Company.


Of note, are two additional reference to Angie Dickinson on The Golden Girls. The first is in the hysterically funny episode "Grab That Dough" when they go onto a TV game show in Hollywood (having flown to L.A. from Miami).

Everything going wrong, their luggage lost, flight hopelessly delayed, they check into their hotel at 3:30 a.m., only to find out from the prim hotel reception, Nancy (played by actress Lucy Lee Flippin, pictured left) that because they're so late, their rooms were given away.

What's more, because of some event, there are no other hotel rooms.

Blanche: "Nancy, honey, now I generally don't like to THROW my name around, but you really leave me no choice. It so happens that I'm Miss Angie Dickinson. And now, if you don't mind, I'd like a two rooms."

Nancy: "You don't look like Angie Dickinson to me."

Blanche: "I know. I have altered my appearance for a very important movie role."

At which point Dorothy sarcastically deadpans: "Yes, it's a movie about a woman who EATS her way out from behind the Iron Curtain ..."

On the Iron Curtain reference, keep in mind that this episode is from 1988. Anyway, Nancy then offers to let them sleep in the lobby for $75 -- given to her -- and she won't call the police and have them arrested for loitering.

Blanche declares: "$75?? That's a lot of money!"

Nancy retorts: "I know, ma'am. That's why I want it!"

The second episode reference is "Dorothy's New Friend," which, incidentally, immediately precedes "Grab That Dough."

In it, Blanche and Rose take an understandable disliking to Dorothy's haughty, obnoxious author friend with the very author-like name of Barbara Thorndyke -- played by actress Bonnie Bartlett, now 90, and approaching her 69th anniversary with her husband and fellow St. Elsewhere co-star, William Daniels, now 92.

Dorothy: Look, why don't you just admit that this is all because you don't like Barbara Thorndyke.

Blanche: Alright, I don't like Barbara Thorndyke. I think she's a phony.

Dorothy: OH! This from a woman who tells her dates that she was Angie Dickinson's body double in Dressed To Kill.

Blanche: That's just a little white lie.

Dorothy: Oh, yeah? Then why is it on your job resume?!

Angie Dickinson and Mo Rocca looking at the view from Dickinson's Beverly Hills hilltop mansion at sunset.

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OK, let me just say that I'm home in my little apartment watching the Saturday night MeTV lineup -- although I skipped the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie Village of the Damned since it was just too disturbing given everything going on now, and instead tuned into a few episodes of the Murphy Brown marathon on Antenna TV.

The Star Trek: TOS episode was "Spectre of the Gun" and features the Enterprise meeting the unwelcoming Melkotians -- specifically, the silly looking one shown at left -- who send Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Mr. Chekov into a not-really-real (do ya think??) recreation of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Of note, "O.K." here stands for Old Kindersley, and it was a feed and livery stables, i..e., corral, place in Tombstone, Ariz., at the time of the legendary shootout event in October 1881.

OK -- as in okay, not Old Kindersley -- I'm also  going to try to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition as well (probably a few hours after midnight, but with a timestamp of Saturday).

--Regulus

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