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Inside the Actors Studio. Alan Alda

Author: James LiptonAlan AldaMike KostelJohn ServidioJeff WurtzAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Actors Studio, ©2000.
Series: Inside the Actors Studio.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James Lipton hosts an evening of discussion with stage, television and film actor, director and screenwriter Alan Alda. Alda speaks about his upbringing as the son of Broadway and film star, Robert Alda, whose earlier burlesque performances Alda watched as a child; contracting Polio at the age of 7, from which he recovered due to the efforts of his mother and a treatment method developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Alan Alda; Alan Alda; Alan Alda
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James Lipton; Alan Alda; Mike Kostel; John Servidio; Jeff Wurtz; Angelo Badalamenti; Actors Studio (New York, N.Y.); Bravo Cable Network.; Betelgeuse Productions.; In the Moment Productions Limited.
OCLC Number: 196927763
Notes: Originally broadcast on the Bravo Network.
Credits and title from video.
Episode no. 609.
"Betelgeuse Productions" and "In the Moment Productions, Ltd."--Credits at end of video.
The video contains blackouts at commercial breaks and editor's titles.
Credits: Original music by Angelo Badalamenti.
Performer(s): Host: James Lipton.
Event notes: Videotaped at the John L. Tishman Theater of The New School for Social Research, New York, N.Y. on Jan. 31, 2000. First broadcast on Aug. 6, 2000.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (54 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: Inside the Actors Studio.
Other Titles: Inside the Actors Studio :
Responsibility: a co-production of the Actors Studio and Bravo, the Film and Arts Network ; executive producer, James Lipton ; produced by Mike Kostel and John Servidio ; directed by Jeff Wurtz ; written by James Lipton.

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James Lipton hosts an evening of discussion with stage, television and film actor, director and screenwriter Alan Alda. Alda speaks about his upbringing as the son of Broadway and film star, Robert Alda, whose earlier burlesque performances Alda watched as a child; contracting Polio at the age of 7, from which he recovered due to the efforts of his mother and a treatment method developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny; attending Fordham University in New York, N.Y., and spending his junior year abroad, during which he acted in plays; enlisting in the Army; dating his soon-to-be wife Arlene Weiss; developing his acting skills as a member of the improvisational comedy troupe Second City; his work on the Broadway stage in such plays as Purlie Victorious and The owl and the pussycat; and his roles in such motion pictures as Paper lion and The glass house. Alda discusses his role as Hawkeye Pierce in popular, long-running television series M*A*S*H, elaborating on its production, his favorite episodes, his character, and the decision to end the series. Alda speaks also about his writing and directing of the motion picture The four seasons, and working with director Woody Allen on the motion picture Crimes and misdemeanors, in which Alda played a pompous television producer. The discussion is illustrated with clips from these two films, and from M*A*S*H. A brief question and answer session with Alda and the Actors Studio master's degree students concludes the program.

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