Tuesday, 9 December 2014

LETTERS OF NOTE: A Jokey Jack Lemmon

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My first Letters of Note-related post in a while concerns one of Hollywood's greatest actors, Jack Lemmon. Famous for his collaborations with Billy Wilder, in the likes of Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, Lemmon had a wicked sense of humour as well as a ton of ability.

Nowhere is this more evident in this 1982 letter from Lemmon to fellow actor Burt Reynolds. Reynolds had made a generous donation of $10,000 to the Jack Lemmon Burn Centre in the Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York. Lemmon responded to this kind donation with a witty and acid letter, which you can read in full here.
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For more on Burt Reynolds, check out my review of Deliverance or listen to the Movie Hour podcast about it here. For more Jack Lemmon, I heartily recommend this clip of Kevin Spacey doing a dead-on impression of Lemmon and others during his time on Inside The Actors' Studio:
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