The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Rutanya Alda
The Mommie Dearest Diary
In more than five decades of acting, Rutanya Alda has appeared in a multitude of film, television, and theatre roles before and after Mommie Dearest, including The Deer Hunter (Oscar for Best Picture, 1978) and Amityville II: The Possession (1982). She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and lives primarily in Manhattan.
Ms. Dunaway has famously ended interviews immediately when asked about the film, leaving fans to wonder what happened. Now, in this very private diary, Rutanya (“Carol Ann”) delves into the art, the business, and the wild milieu of American cinema by taking you behind the scenes of Mommie Dearest to tell her story of drama and disarray on and off the infamously troubled set. Framing the diary are selections from her career to better situate the reader in her life: Anecdotes of Robert Altman, Joan Crawford, Brian De Palma, Bob Dylan, Elia Kazan, Sam Peckinpah, Roman Polanski, Lee Strasberg, Barbra Streisand, and John Wayne, among others—a rich cast of her life’s characters, who in turn entertain, illuminate, and ultimately weave Rutanya’s life into Carol Ann’s, setting the stage for you to vicariously live through the making of arguably the cult classic of the 1980s, from her audition in the living room of director Frank Perry to the wrap party on the last day of shooting.”
Her book is The Mommie Dearest Diary – Behind the scenes of filming Mommie Dearest.
Quote from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0017377/bio
Growing up in a displaced persons camps after World War II, I saw my first play, a fairy tale, done in the camps. It showed a better life than I was living in, it was magical and I said to myself then and there, that’s what I want to do … My favorite role is the one I’m currently working on, whatever it may be.
We are creatures of habit. What do your habits say about you? What can a habit express about a character? Does your heroine jog every morning without fail? Does your hero have a drink as soon as he comes home. What kind of drink? The habit can be a tag, it can be an indicator and if the hero misses his drink, what are the consequences?
Decision-making is a constant revolving process that literally happens throughout a
Word of the Week:
From the http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/
THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS, a new web series written and directed by John Koenig. Each episode defines a newly invented word for a strangely powerful emotion. New episodes will be posted every other Sunday, on YouTube and TestTube.com.
- the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.