Excerpts from a November 1993 PREMIERE piece on POLLY PLATT: She’s Done Everything (except direct) by RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ
- “Tonight she seems quite ebullient, charged up by her recent discovery of two young filmmakers from Texas… Bottle Rocket makes her giddy….”If I were young, I’d give up everything -boyfriend, home- and go to Texas and beg these guys to let me work on their movie.”“
- Still, when her ex-husband picks up, all her expansiveness vanishes. She seems to contract into an almost fetal position. Her voice becomes tight, careful. The conversation has a ritualistic quality: all the habits of intimacy, but no longer the trust. She treats him as if he were fragile, thanking him for the flowers he sent her, babying him with the good buzz she’s heard about his latest venture. She tells him about Bottle Rocket. “It’s in Texas and there’s no Larry McMurtry, but it has a bit of the feel of The Last Picture Show,” she says. She asks him to talk to PREMIERE about her. He refuses. “I’ve been talking all these fucking years about you!” she erupts.
- One year later, they packed their meager belongings into a car, along with Platt’s one-eyed dog, Puppy, and set out for L.A., where they soon befriended the auteurs they worshiped. One night, Howard Hawks took the pair out for dinner, along with a beautiful young starlet from Rio Lobo named Sherry Lansing. Toward the end of the meal, Lansing decided to visit the ladies’ room. “She stood up, and she was gorgeous. And I was not,” says Platt “Peter and Howard watched her. She walked to the bathroom, and I remember having Howard on my right and Peter on my left, and their eyes were following her.” As Lansing disappeared from view, Platt recalls, Hawks leaned across her and said, ‘Peter, now that is the kind of girl that you should be with.’ I remember thinking, It’s like I don’t exist.”
- One summer while the children were with Bogdanovich, Platt drank seventeen cases of beer and wrote Pretty Baby
- After sending other emissaries, Brooks asked her personally to produce Broadcast News, which she did. Her all-around dedication to the project renewed her legend for telling detail. Brooks had wanted Broadcast News’ key color to be red; now he was shooting the schoolyard scene where the young Aaron is getting beaten up. He looked up and saw the woman who fifteen years ago had removed the E from a TEXACO sign; she was down on her knees, painting a red accent line on a staircase. “If you were putting together a basball team, this is the person you’d kill for,” says Albert Brooks, who played the adult Aaron. “She can play any position. She can hit; she can pitch.”
- “There are times when I hear Jim talk that I experience something that is so much worse than the jealousy that I felt toward Cybill. I am so envious of his ability to think and express himself that I think I’m going to die. I totally identify with Salieri [in Amadeus], because when he picks up Mozart’s music and starts talking about how brilliant it is, I feel like that’s me. But I don’t have any desire to destroy Jim or Peter or anybody.”
EDIT: I HAVE ALREADY BEEN IM’D THAT THE RECEIPT IS FOR GLENLIVET, I KNOW THIS, I KNOW HOW TO READ, BUT I LIKE USING GREY GOOSE AS AN EXAMPLE BECAUSE I REALLY HATE GREY GOOSE. FOR THE RECORD, GLENLIVET IS LESS EXPENSIVE PER BOTTLE THAN GREY GOOSE. THEMOREYOUKNOW.JPG
Peter Frumkin and Joann Jastrzab, Serving Country & Community
I was going to just write “brb, dying of laughter/sadness,” but I was afraid someone might misinterpret this emotional reaction to misapplied funding as implicit support for the slashes in funding that have been threatened and in some cases enacted since 2009. So DISCLAIMER: OBVIOUSLY I DON’T MEAN THAT.