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On the Set of These Old Broads


First Day

On the Set of These Old Broads
First Day
First day on the set. The first day on any set is always exciting. You are meeting the crew and fellow actors, some you havenít seen in years. Youíre learning the lay of the land and everyoneís timing. There is also an air of anticipation: Do I still have the chops? How will we all interact with each other? How will the audience relate? After a bit those thoughts leave your mind and you begin easing into character and the craft you have chosen as a form of expression.

Makeup Test

On the Set of These Old Broads
Makeup Test
Makeup! Makeup! Makeup! Itís amazing what makeup can do. It can age you or make you appear younger than your years. Theatrical makeup has work for the cameras, so it is always important to test and retest to make certain your are not creating a glare or washing out in the bright lights. My makeup man, Eddie, was a genius. And he was psychic, too. I loved sitting in his chair. We talked about his recent ďintuitive hitsĒ as he transformed my physical being into my character.

Hair Styling

On the Set of These Old Broads
Hair Styling
Must style that hair. Hair, like makeup is intricate when creating a character. Fortunately wigs are so well created these days that it is a simple case of changing hair to change hairstyles. Every now and then your own hair is just what the director wants, but thatís rare.

On the Set

On the Set of These Old Broads
On the Set
On the set! When we gather on a set or sound stage we are feeling into what is to come. Rehearsal and timing are key to good performances but it also a metaphysical experience. We usually begin by talking about the scene, what it entails, what it should portray to the audience, how the characters feel about themselves and the other characters in the scene.

Lighting and Camera Tests

On the Set of These Old Broads
Lighting and Camera Tests
Befiore the director calls action... Lighting and camera tests are behind the scenes necessities in pre-production. Iím sure you have heard that cameras can add a few extra pounds, but they can also pick up shadows and lines that most people donít see. Decades ago I learned this trick: When filming a woman be one half an apple crate above eye line. When filming a man, do the opposite. An apple crate is a term we use for box the camera person stands on. The point of this is to present either the male or female actors in their best looking portrait.

Broadway Interview Part 1

On the Set of These Old Broads
Broadway Interview Part 1
One of the things that happens when you are on set is that you are available for interviews. Here, on the set of These Old Broads, I am being interviewed about my days on Broadway.

Broadway Interview Part 2

On the Set of These Old Broads
Broadway Interview Part 2
Part 2: One of the things that happens when you are on set is that you are available for interviews. Here, on the set of These Old Broads, I am being interviewed about my days on Broadway.

Two Divas

On the Set of These Old Broads
Two Divas
Photo shoots for your movie are always fun. This one, with Debbie Reynolds was also funny.

The Fun Begins! Part 1

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Fun Begins! Part 1
This is something you will probably never see again - Three old broads (Joan Collins, Debbie Reynolds, and me) and a dame (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) What kind of karmic prank is this? Just think - Debbie and Elizabeth have a history with Eddie. Joan had a history with my brother. I knew all of them when...

The Fun Continues! Part 2

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Fun Continues! Part 2
Add a guy to the mix and well... It get hilariuos.

Police Lineup

On the Set of These Old Broads
Police Lineup
The divas find themselves in a police lineup.

Divas in Jail

On the Set of These Old Broads
Divas in Jail
The divas find themselves in jail with some hookers.

Divas at the Night Club

On the Set of These Old Broads
Divas at the Night Club
The divas find themselves in jail with some hookers.

The Dead Body

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Dead Body
The divas find themselves in a hotel with a dead body.

The Big Comeback Part 1

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Big Comeback Part 1
The divas start rehearsing for their big comeback.

The Big Comeback Part 2

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Big Comeback Part 2
The divas continue rehearsing for their big comeback.

The Big Comeback Part 3

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Big Comeback Part 3
The divas continue rehearsing for their big comeback.

Lifetime Achievement Award

On the Set of These Old Broads
Lifetime Achievement Award
Denver Film Festival October 14, 2000.

Dress Rehearsal Begins

On the Set of These Old Broads
Dress Rehearsal Begins
The divas begin dress rehearsal for their network special.

Dress Rehearsal Disaster

On the Set of These Old Broads
Dress Rehearsal Disaster
The divas' dress rehearsal turns into a hysterical disaster.

The Girls are Back, Boys! Part 1

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Girls are Back, Boys! Part 1
We've been on a trip and it's been one hell of a ride.

The Girls are Back, Boys! Part 2

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Girls are Back, Boys! Part 2
The girls are back, boys! So stand aside.

The Girls are Back, Boys! Part 3

On the Set of These Old Broads
The Girls are Back, Boys! Part 3
What a life!

Success!!!

On the Set of These Old Broads
Success!!!
Get off your asses ladies and gentlemen!

Behind the Scenes on These Old Broads

On the Set of These Old Broads
Behind the Scenes on These Old Broads
Here are some of the highlights of These Old Broads. I thought you might enjoy a mix of some of our experienes on set.











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