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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Katie Holmes on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Tom Cruise, Suri and her role as Jackie K. in 'The Kennedys,' which I like

ABC-TV video: Katie Holmes on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Part I

I watched this LIVE the other night/morning and thought that Katie Holmes acquitted herself quite well and came across -as usual- as very likable and thoughtful, just as she always has in the past, starting when I first came to know her character of Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek.

Watching this interview and Jimmy Kimmel's emphasis on her husband Tom Cruise and her daughter Suri, I actually thought back to the Rolling Stone interview I first read back in 1998, where in reading about her sweet, earnest Midwestern ethos, she seemed, well, almost too-bright and too-good for Hollywood.

Almost too good to be true.

It could hardly be clearer that she has put in a tremendous amount of hard work, deep thinking and research into her acting for this mini-series as well as carefully considered the answers she'd give after playing such an iconic American for whom so many people of a certain age still have such very strong feelings about.

In the hands of someone else, this is a role that could easily have been a caricature, and simply played itself out as a fashion show with a gorgeous Katie acting as a mannequin.

But to her credit, and that of the writers and producers and other actors, having watched this program every night from the beginning on The Reelz Channel, once you get used to her in the outfits, rather than her being played cute, coy or insufferable, she comes across as someone who was neither naive or a push-over.

From my point of view, it's really been quite good, and I say that as someone who had already read all the classic JFK books by the time I was out of NMB High School, including the William Manchester and Jim Bishop books.
I've had the Seymour Hersh book, The Dark Side of Camelot, since it came out as a paperback, and re-read parts of it last week in preparing to watch the series before it started a few days ago.

As I've mentioned here previously, my parents saw President & Mrs. Kennedy the day before Dallas, when they flew into San Antonio's Kelly AFB, where my parents both worked, when my father was in the Air Force and my mother was the Base Commander's secretary.
(I was born next-door at the Lackland AFB hospital.)

Like so many others on the base, they watched them nearby on the tarmac as the two of them went thru the receiving line after getting off of Air Force One.

And that wonderful photo of them, taken by the base photographer, more than any great iconic photo that you can probably think of, is
THE photo that my two sisters and I grew-up with of the Kennedy's.
It's the one that, quite literally, has been in my head since I could remember anything.

Personally, I'd love to share that 'family' photo with you all, but the moment I do that, I know that it will soon be "lifted," probably within an hour, and immediately used for some purpose for which it was NOT intended -and the photographer would never get the proper credit.

There's a LOT of that going on in the blogosphere and on the Internet, some of it much closer to home in South Florida than you may think.

ABC-TV video: Katie Holmes on Jimmy Kimmel Live, PART 2


ABC-TV video: Katie Holmes on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Part 3


Reelz Channel will be airing the first six episodes on both Saturday and Sunday - Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The final two episodes airing on Sunday at 8 p.m., with an encore at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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