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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Birthday Mr. Widmark

Today is the Birthday of one of my all time favorite actors: Richard Widmark. He's 92 years young today!!! (poor baby always having a birthday the day after Christmas!)

Long ago when I lived in California I cleaned DeForest Kelley's star on the Walk of Fame.. I also took the time to clean Richard Widmarks, since it was only a block away.

I guess this is where I tell you that I wrote to Mr. Widmark for several years. And I knew before I began writing him, that he DID NOT do autographs. But I wrote to him about once a month for a number of years anyway.

One year near his birthday I took this photo with the balloons and another of me polishing his star and sent them to him with a Birthday card. Since I had never heard from him over the years I never expected a response... I was wrong.

Not long after I received this letter below!! As you can see it was way back in 1993.

(can we say EXCITED!!!?)

Well, once again it's his birthday.. I am happy he is still with us! I love his movies and taped most all of them at one time or another!

I'm sure, even if you aren't a Widmark fan, but are a movie fan, that somewhere along the line you've seen him in a movie or two. The below shot is from The Alamo, with John Wayne.

I do remember that the first movie I really loved of his (which wasn't his First movie, his first movie was Kiss of Death) was called Pick Up On South Street. It's an old black and white movie and I still enjoy watching it. I also loved that it had another favorite of mine, Thelma Ritter, in the movie.

Though he will never see this blog of mine.. I still want to wish him a Very Happy Birthday Mr. W.!!


Blogger Kiyotoe said...

Once again, i've learned something/someone new. Mr. Widmark was a bit before my time.

I know Richard Gere.....Richard Pryor.....Richard Dreyfus.

No points for those?

7:18 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Awww my dear, dear Kiyotoe.. I do adore you, but... though Mr Widmark began his career long before you were a twinkle in your mother's eye, he didn't stop when you were born.. in fact here's what he's done SINCE you were born:

Lincoln (1992) (voice) .... Ward Hill Lamon
True Colors (1991) .... Sen. James Stiles
Cold Sassy Tree (1989)... Enid Rucker Blakeslee
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988).... Captain Oren Hayes
A Gathering of Old Men (1987).... Sheriff Mapes
Blackout (1985).... Joe Steiner
Against All Odds (1984) .... Ben Caxton
The Final Option (1982) .... Secretary of State Arthur Currie
Hanky Panky (1982) .... Ransom
National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (1982) .... Stan Nagurski
A Whale for the Killing (1981).. Tom Goodenough
All God's Children (1980) Judge Parke Denison
Bear Island (1979) .... Otto Gerran
Mr. Horn (1979).... Al Sieber
The Swarm (1978) .... Major General Thalius Slater
Coma (1978/I) .... Dr. George A. Harris
Rollercoaster (1977) .... Agent Hoyt
The Domino Principle (1977) .... Tagge
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) .... Gen. Martin MacKenzie
The Sell-Out (1976) .... Sam Lucas
To the Devil a Daughter (1976) .... John Verney

7:30 PM  
Blogger Crunchy Carpets said...

That is so are a great and loyal fan.

I like him too.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I liked Richard Widmarks movies. It's nice that you remember him like this.

10:27 PM  
Blogger ian said...

I love reading your tales about your brushes with the greats of yesteryear and days gone by. As someone who loves history, I thrive on them. Cleaning his star was such a sweet thing to do! It's something I probably never would have thought of, but I'm sure you really made his birthday special for him when you did.

I added you to my blogroll tonight; other people should read what you write too. :)


12:51 AM  
Anonymous deslily said...

Thanks Crunchy..dunno if it's loyality.. I just enjoy watching good actors and good movies, no matter how old they are.

Mike, I guess some people you never forget. This is one of them.

Thank you Ian.. cleaning his and De's stars was fun.. you'd be surprised at how many strangers begin to talk to you while you are on your knees on Hollywood Blvd!.. not to mention the picture taking!! I guess you're just not a threat if you are down low with a rag and cleaning stuff all around you lol...

7:55 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A really WONDERFUL actor and mostly under-rated, too!
I'll never forget that first stunning scary performance!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous deslily said...

naomi.. oh yeah, in The Kiss of Death when he pushes the old lady in a wheel chair down the stairs and gives out that laugh that sends chills up your back!!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

HOW exciting is that???! WOW! You are something lady... you are really something! You and Naomi -- you BOTH got some stories! Man... what did I do wrong with my life? I got NO stories! None as good as this! LOL!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

the pix of him and the duke couldn't have been a better choice.

those were mens men. sigh.

Earlier this year I noted when Glenn Ford died. Another man who exuded good taste and strength.

(I get so disappointed in these young butt wipes who think they are stars)

ps. Ian sent me

10:45 PM  
Blogger SQT said...

Do I get points if I mention that my dad used to cut John Wayne's hair? Tis true! My dad was a barber many years ago and used to go to Wayne's house and cut his hair. I always thought that was way cool.

Actually my mom has better stories. She knew lots of Hollywood types. We have pictures of the inside of Liberace's house from when she went to parties there. There's a picture of her on Liberace's bed, which was shaped like a piano with a headboard that looked like the keys. She also dated Paul Michael Glaser (Starskey on Starskey and Hutch) when he was a big deal. She also dated Ricky Nelson when he was on the Ozzie and Harriet show. Need I mention she was quite the looker in her day?

4:03 AM  
Anonymous deslily said...

Melli.. Oh I love Naomi's blog! She's a great story telling and fantastic photographer!!
I do believe there's at least one story in everyone Milli.. and it doesn't have to incorporate actors, but it's there just the same.

Hello Pamela: thanks for coming by! You are right about the old stars.. though we have some good ones, I'm not sure any can measure up to the old ones.

Hi well ummm.. yeah you racked up points! hahaha.. How cool is that to have known "the Duke!"
One of Liberace's homes was right around the corner from where DeForest lived in Sherman Oaks.. I passed it often, but never went in lol.
Oh man! I thought Ricky Nelson was really cute.. he died waaaay to young! I used to see his brother David now and then at the pancake house in Sherman Oaks.. actually, he was the one i thought was handsome lol.

11:58 AM  
Blogger SQT said...


I bet you and my mom moved in similar circles. She met all kinds of people when she lived in SoCal. She told me stories about Truman Capote (whom she described as really creepy) and she met O.J. Simpson way before he killed his wife. I remember many years ago her telling me what a creep he was and when his wife was murdered my mom's reaction was "OMG, he finally killed her."

As an aside, when I worked in Hollywood, everyone I knew that had met or worked with O.J. thought he was guilty. The only one's who thought he was innocent were people who never met him.

My mom isn't the sci-fi fan I am though, so I don't think she ever met anyone like Deforest Kelley. (who I think would be terrific to meet)My husband thinks George Takei is a hoot since he's on Howard Stern all the time. Have you had a chance to meet him?

12:58 PM  
Blogger val said...

There is a happy band of Widmark fans in his Yahoo Fan Club.
For his 90th birthday I made a website which had various a tributes and option to send greetings to him. We had hundreds of greetings from over the world. Richard's daughter Ann kindly showed him the site on her computer. I made a hard copy which we sent to him once the website came off line.
We got a handwritten response expressing his pleasure.
For his 91st birthday Doreen organised a collection of his own films in DVD form, because we'd heard that he only had two of them.
This year we sent a hard copy of greetings and favourite photos.
All Widmark fans out there might like to join us - we're a really friendly and enthusiastic club - led by Theresa the organiser.

5:21 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

I just did a search on Widmark and came across your blog. I first fell in love with RW when I was 8 yrs. old and saw him "Take the High Ground" I had the pleasure this summer of traveling to his birthplace in Sunrise, MN.

10:33 PM  

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