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<i>Annie Hall</I>: Or, How I Coped When My Brother Inadvertently Stole My Dream

Annie Hall: Or, How I Coped When My Brother Inadvertently Stole My Dream

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In 1973, my two younger brothers and I became professional actors. Though I was only nine, I regarded the arrival of my Screen Actor’s Guild card as the logical first step toward the realization of my then three-year-old “life-long dream”: to be a famous actor. My brothers were typical suburban kids who liked sports and bugs and utterly indifferent to the opportunity presented to us. To me it was everything: a bromide for relentless bullying and, potentially, a method to curtail a thorny childhood and fast track to the big time. Though only nine, I did, in fact, think in mid-century theater parlance, so the concept of the “big time” was very much on my mind. As I discovered in…
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The <i>Stargayzing</i> Collection of Things I Collect

The Stargayzing Collection of Things I Collect

Munk's Junk (Everything Else)

One of my oldest collections began before I was ten years old, when I bought my first two Pyramid books about film—about Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.  Published in the 1970s, the layout these books was perfect for a kid, as they simply presented a survey of the actor’s film work chronologically eschewing almost everything personal.  Some of them were written by future film experts like Leonard Maltin. They are a great example of a collection that has little monetary value but means the world to me, as it represents the seeds of passion for my future film studies.

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