Monday, June 17, 2024

The Amazing Lee Grant, 95?, Oscar Winner, Steals the New York Film Festival with Double Screening of Films She Directed


Lee Grant is the eighth wonder of the world.

She’s 97 years young and will turn as astounding 98 in November. But the two time Oscar winner and double Emmy Award winner whose life was temporarily wrecked by the blacklist in the 1950s and early 60s, stole the show last night at the New York Film Festival.

The occasion was the screening of two films she directed, a hit feature called “Tell Me a Riddle,” based on Tillie Olsen’s bestseller, and a short called “The Stronger.”

Lee’s Oscars came for acting in Warren Beatty’s “Shampoo” and a decade later for directing the documentary, “Down and Out in America.” She’s published a best selling memoir, has dozens of other acting nominations, and so on. She is a survivor in the truest sense because Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his evil associate, Roy Cohn, upended her life in 1952 when she was accused of being a Communist.
Lee looks and acts much, much younger than whatever her numerical age is. She’s full of energy. Bravo, Lee!

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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