MissGoddess wrote:Thank you very much for your reply! I hope you do get to hear Linda's recording, I'm very curious about it and hope it can somehow be made available to more people. I've no idea what these "oral histories" are...if they are the histories of the subject or something broader, but they sound fascinating.
FILM HISTORIAN AND BIOGRAPHER RONALD DAVIS RECORDED MANY INTERVIEWS WITH HOLLYWOOD STARS. THEY ARE DEPOSITING AT SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, BUT THERE ARE ALSO COPIES AT THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES.
I've listened to the Ryan/Andrews' daughters interview, that's where I learned about the friendship. I believe Mr. Ryan's daughter has participated here at the SSO from time to time. (I see Moira has posted the relevant links. Thanks, Moira!)
The movie of his I most want to see is Swamp Water. Did Dana enjoy working with Renoir?
ALONG WITH LEWIS MILESTONE AND JACQUER TOURNEUR, RENOIR WAS A DIRECTOR DANA GOT TO KNOW WELL AND CONSIDERED A FRIEND. HIS DAUGHTER KATHY REMEMBERED HER FATHER TAKING HER FOR A VISIT TO RENOIR. RENOIR WAS VERY HAPPY ABOUT USING DANA AND ANNE BAXTER AND CONSIDERED THEM TWO OF HIS "FINDS"
I'd love to see his Perry Como appearance.
THE PERRY COMO SHOW APPEARANCE IS FUN TO WATCH. DANA SINGS THE TITLE SONG FROM "SPRING REUNION" THE FILM HE DID WITH BETTY HUTTON. HE ALSO SINGS IN ONE OTHER SKIT WITH PERRY.
I respect anyone who "pays their dues" the way Dana did. His hard work in and out of his own field informs every role, makes them more believable, real men. You can't get that by just playing parts or in a class, you have to live. Thanks again for sharing some of his life with us.