Friday, October 15, 2010

The Way He Were

For a gentleman who doesn't prefer blonds, my lust for Ryan O'Neal and Robert Redford is well-documented. The former apparently appeared on Oprah this week, in a "Love Story" reunion alongside Ali McGraw (gotta get to that on my DVR!), while the later popped up on the wire yesterday, in some photos after receiving the Legion d'Honneur from President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. While O'Neal only made a couple good films, Redford starred in many of my all-time favorites, including "Barefoot in the Park," "The Way We Were," "All the President's Men" and directed the classic "Ordinary People." I'll never forget the day that Bob, as I call him, was sitting in the cafeteria in the old New York Times building on West 43rd Street chatting with Frank Rich. Word spread through the newsroom quickly, and it wasn't long before every woman and gay was suddenly in need of nourishment, strolling by their table like Jack and Janet checking in on Chrissy's date at the Regal Beagle.

Now 74 -- and nipped and tucked a few times over -- Redford doesn't look half bad (the hair is still flawless). But at the risk of sounding shallow, he'll always be Hubbell Gardiner in my dreams. (Has there ever been or will there ever be a man more beautiful?)


chiefbroad said...

While working at a video store in the 90s, I finally took home The Way We Were. I cried myself to sleep that night.

The Hopeful Traveler said...

I love reading your blog at the end of each day. Always something new, something interesting. Keep up the good work.

MyDogBen said...

Gay writer Arthur Laurents wrote the screenplay. In his memoir 'Original Story By" he talks about shooting it. He had written a scene with Redford's and Streisand's characters in bed the next morning. Redford was supposed to say something like, 'Next time will be better.' RR flat out refused to say the line.