Thursday, April 18, 2024

Vanity Fair/60 Minutes Poll: 1 in 5 Americans Know Who Harvey Weinstein Is, Some Think He’s an Imaginary Rabbit


I’m impressed: one in five Americans, 21%, know who Harvey Weinstein is. That’s a lot of people who know the name of a Hollywood mogul. The Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll is a hoot, especially because it’s ridiculous but fun. Some people thought Harvey was the imaginary rabbit from “Harvey” with Jimmy Stewart. Others thought he was Marvin Hamlisch. (Believe me, the right people know who Harvey is, kids.)

Sounds like the people who answered skewed older since many of them picked Cary Grant. Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart as their favorite actors. According to the poll, 46% don’t like foreign films, and most people would like the number of awards on the Oscars cut down. Good news: Denzel Washington and Halle Berry each polled very high. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, they say, are our favorite actors. But the movie they starred in. “The Bridges of Madison County,” wasn’t really a hit or very memorable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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