Hello and welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4.
Hollywood magic is well named. In Druidism the holly and it's wood were used in magic. Magic wands were often made of holly wood. Lightning will not strike holly so it is often planted next to homes to protect it. The word holly comes from the word holy and the holly tree was sacred in times past. Today Hollywood still churns out 'magic' and 'spellbinding' displays as well as 'stars in the firmament' who entertain, mesmerize and influence us.
Let's talk about it....
1. Do you have a few favorite holiday movies you enjoy watching year after year? Do you make some popcorn to eat while you watch movies at home?
Yes, I love watching Miracle on 34th Street with a very young, Natalie Wood. I also love watching It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. More modern Christmas movies I enjoy are the Home Alone movies, the Grinch movies and The Holiday.
I didn't always make popcorn to eat while watching movies at home but now I do. My late sister used to do this with her children every weekend and I got into the same habit whenever her children were visiting. I continue the tradition even when watching movies alone.
2. Have you had a celebrity crush? Can we ask who it was?
I've never really had a celebrity crush though when I was younger I thought Rock Hudson was handsome. Later I thought Robert Redford to be very good looking, especially in the movie, The Way We Were. But I can't say I had a crush on either of these actors.
3. Do you have favorite actors/actresses whose movies you don't want to miss and what movie would you say is your all time favorite from those stars?
I watch for movies by a few actors and actresses such as Daniel Craig in James Bond movies, Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible movies & many different actresses such as Julia Roberts (Nottinghill), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada and The Girl on the Train), Kirsten Dunst (The Two Faces of January, Marie Antoinette & Spider Man), & Catherine Zeta Jones (Zorro). There are probably more but there is no standout favourite of mine in acting.
4. Have you met any famous Hollywood people in person or would you like to? Why or why not?
I've never met any famous Hollywood people in person although once I was walking on Denman Street in downtown Vancouver when the actress Audrey Landers passed by me. She was acting in the very popular television show, Dallas, at the time. I think she'd been a guest on what was then the Alan Hamel talk show which was filmed in a nearby studio. The talk show and the studio are both long gone. What struck me was how much makeup she had on. I guess when you're on television you need to wear a lot of makeup to look 'normal' but in natural light you look clownish. I don't have any desire to meet any famous people since I don't follow any of them.