A star is reborn as Judy Garland returns to the big screen in Hollywood
Thursday's world premiere of the newly restored print of 1954's "A Star Is Born" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre brought out an unusually eclectic cross-section of stars, from Cher to Eli Wallach and Tippi Hedren to "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Jeff Garlin, as well as Lorna and Joey Luft, the offspring of Garland and the film's producer, Sid Luft.
Mingling at Vanity Fair's after-party at Kress were Eva Marie Saint, "Psych's" Dule Hill, Anne Jeffreys, director Curtis Hanson, Ann Rutherford, Buck Henry, Hugh Hefner and "The Office's" Kate Flannery. Off in a corner booth, Alec Baldwin huddled with Jacqueline Bisset, Danny Huston and jewelry designer Nicky Butler.
For the suddenly ubiquitous Baldwin, this was home territory. One of the actor's many ...
"I saw Peter Bogdanovich, I said, 'What do I say about 'A Star Is Born'?' He said, 'Good use of the wide-screen format.' "
Indeed, seeing Garland 40 feet tall singing "The Man That Got Away" was actually "a powerhouse thing that can never be translated onto a TV set," as Osborne put it, and a rare opportunity. We say, let's drink to that.
At the Kress, classic film buff Hef -- introducing his blond du jour, Crystal Harris, as "my real deal" -- said he was "truly impressed by the restoration" of Garland's famous movie with James Mason, "probably the definitive film in terms of her career. What you see in retrospect is the end of her film career and the beginning of the iconic legend."
For Eva Marie Saint, who met Garland once and knew her babysitter, the screening was a revelation.
"I think this performance was one of the finest of any actor I've ever seen," she said. "It was so complicated and she gave her all to it, and she not only acted well she sang beautiful, she danced gorgeously. I'm so glad I saw it, my God."
-- Irene Lacher
Top photo (left): Jaqueline Bisset arrives at the gala opening for TCM's Classic Film Festival at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images
Top photo (right): Ernest Borgnine arrives at the event. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images
Middle photo: Alec Baldwin arrives at the world premiere of the newly restored film "A Star Is Born" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images
Bottom photo: "Real deal" Crystal Harris plants one on Hugh Hefner's cheek on the TCM red carpet. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images