Movies teach us things. Whether we are aware of it or not, we learned how to interact with the world around us partially by watching and imitating movies. But what about the people who make movies? According to author David Thomson, the Hollywood power set has learned life lessons from the movies as well. In the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he offers ten examples.
In 1987, Michael Douglas was having a very good year. He had the biggest hit of his career to date (adjusted for inflation, Fatal Attraction remains the highest-grossing movie in Douglas’ filmography) and he would go on to win Best Actor (not Best Supporting Actor) for a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Douglas’ one-two punch of 1987 pushed him into the A-list and fueled his career as a leading man into the next decade.
Glenn Close has had a remarkable career in film, television and theater. Let this sink in. She made her movie debut at the relatively late age of 35 and was nominated for an Oscar for her first three performances! In 1996, Martha Frankel visited Close at her home in New York. They talked about the highs and lows of her career to date, her upcoming starring role in Disney’s live action 101 Dalmations, and her engagement to a carpenter from “Sunset Boulevard”.
(News of Close’s engagement surprised Frankel because after two failed marriage, the actress had said she would not remarry. While Close did eventually have a third husband, it was not her then-current fiance.)