This Lana Wood interview was yet another Filmfax subject I personally pursued while I was also researching Lee Marvin: Point Blank. I had met her at a Hollywood Collector’s Show years earlier and asked her about the possibilty of an interview. She eventually agreed (as did the magazine, thankfully) when the TV-movie she co-produced about her her famous older sister, Natalie had aired.
The only thing I could possibly add to what’s written below is that is indeed all true, even the part about her waiting for the birth of her grandson. What wasn’t written, which I can now add here, is the fact that I was also rather impatient, due to the fact that my father was awaiting surgery. Naturally, such a fact has no place in the actual article but this being my blog, I can state it here and now. For the record, after the interview, I rushed to the hospital to be with my family only to find out the surgery had been cancelled and rescheduled. By the way, it never did take place. Geez!
Okay, enough about that. Read my conversation with the Lovely Lana below and enjoy!
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Bobby Darin: A singer’s singer without a doubt but his film career is often neglected for praise. In Part 2 of my 2003 Filmfax article I attempted to recitfy the situation. Being a fan since childhood, it was a fun subject for me to write about.
So much so, that shortly after the article came out, I lucked into free passes to a sneak peek of Kevin Spacey’s biopic, Beyond the Sea, in which Spacey was in attendance for a brief Q&A. Also in attendance was Bobby Darin’s manager, Steve Blauner (John Goodman in the film). I approached Blauner and personally thanked him for Bobby Darin’s career. He gave me a stern look and said, “I’m not responsible for Boby Darin’s career. Bobby Darin’s talent was.”
When it came time for the Q&A, Spacey was friendly and affable to all in attendance. He regaled the audience with how came to love Bobby Darin longer after he had passed on via his aunt’s record collection. I spoke with him briefly and told him I became a fan in a similar vein, ever since my childhood friend Ty Elliott and I raided his mother’s record collection and discovered Darin’s music in the very early 70s. I mentioned that Darin was still very much alive at the time and his variety show was a wonderful venue for his talent. Being the actor that he is, Spacey looked at me in mock anger and said, “You son-of-a-bitch!” The audience roared and I joined them. I had no problem being the brunt of his joke for the sake of Bobby Darin!
Speaking of which, below is Part 2 of my article but Lee Marvin fans fear not. More material supplementing Lee Marvin: Point Blank will return shortly. Thank you for your indulgence thus far. Enjoy!
Bobby Darin! Two of my favorite words in pop culture. Seriously. Been a fan of his for so long, he was actually still alive when I was buying his records. Regular readers of this blog will know that even though I write mostly on Lee Marvin, based on my book Lee Marvin: Point Blank, every now and then I take a side track. Often based on my previous writings or personal favorites, this is one of those times.
How did I get lucky enough to write about a long-forgotten favorite? Well, I had been freelancing for Filmfax Magazine for some time and figured it to be the perfect vehicle for my appreciation of all things Darin. At the time, Kevin Spacey’s Bobby Darin movie was about to come out (more on that next time!) so I thought I’d strike when the iron was hot. But what new angle could I take on writing about Bobby D. that hadn’t been done a zillion times before? It dawned on me that since not as much attention had been paid to his acting career, I’d try that approach. The conversation with the editor — who by the way rarely allowed articles written on spec — went something like this:
Me: I’d like to pitch to you the possibilty of doing an article on Bobby Darin’s acting career.
Editor: Hmm, sounds good. Yeah, go ahead and do it.
Me: Y’know, with the popularity of all things ‘Rat Pack’ and what have you, Bobby Darin is a perfect subject for re-evaluation in a retro pop culture magazine like Filmfax.
Editor: I said go ahead and do it.
Me: I don’t think anybody’s dealt with his underrated acting career, before….
Editor: You can certainly keep talking if you like, but you got the gig. Of course, it’s taking time away from your writing of it…..
And so, without further ado, from 2005, Part 1 of my 2-part article on the acting career of Bobby Darin as it first appeared in Filmfax Magazine: The Magazine of Unusual Film, Television, & Retro Pop Culture. Enjoy.