Meditations on Actor and Directors

Gregory Peck and Edward Guthmann, 1989

Gregory Peck and Edward Guthmann, 1989


Gregory Peck remembered: Just as the actor surrendered and breathed life into his signature role as Atticus Finch, so the character also illuminated, and perhaps expanded, the actor's warmth and humanity.

August 1, 2003, San Francisco Chronicle:

Meryl Streep: An artist at his or her best is a life force put on earth so the rest of us can see the articulation of our own complexity and humanity.

July 22, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle.

Richard Farnsworth remembered: There was no division between the lovable codgers he played onscreen and Farnsworth himself. No layer of cynicism, no showoff sophistication.

October 14, 2000, San Francisco Chronicle:

Roundtable: Three Hollywood daughters recall growing up during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

June 15, 2003, San Francisco Chronicle:

Julie Christie: Luminous and instinctive, Christie was a screen goddess of the 1960s and ‘70s, but perfectly content to abandon the hype and ephemera of moviemaking. 

Feb. 1, 1998, San Francisco Chronicle:

French filmmaker Agnes Varda didn’t just mourn her late husband, “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” director Jacques Demy. She made three films about him.

April 24, 1996, San Francisco Chronicle:

Hedy Lamarr: Few knew that the glamorous Hollywood star was an inventor. Her spread-spectrum technology is used today in cell phones, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and military guided missiles.

July 24, 2017

Gus Van Sant: The “Good Will Hunting” and “Milk” filmmaker grants his characters an empathy and forgiveness that cinema and literature, at their best, can accommodate.

Dec. 17, 2000, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine: