Sunday, June 7, 2009

Last Night on TV

Did anyone watch The Graham Norton Show last night on BBC America? One of his guests was Kurt Russell. As a kid I adored Kurt Russell on TV and all those Walt Disney movies (where he first met Goldie Hawn on The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band – what a mouthful!).

Kurt’s career in films began with the Elvis movie It Happened at the World’s Fair. Kurt recalls Elvis was 27 at the time to his 10, and was a very nice man. The conversation then got around to choices in film work. A lot of Kurt’s movies may not have raked in money at the time and indeed may have tanked on release but over time have developed a cult following like Big Trouble in Little China or The Thing or even Overboard. But Kurt has also received great reviews for his portrayal as Elvis (in which he met his future wife Season Hubley), Miracle (about the 1980 Olympic hockey team), and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in Silkwood.

While on Graham's show, Kurt revealed that Walt Disney had taken him under his wing and that when Disney passed away in 1966 he had just written Kurt’s name on a piece of paper. No one is able to say why so it remains a mystery to this day.

With Kurt on the Graham Norton Show was British comedienne Jenny Éclair who was most amusing but for me it was all about the boy, and I’m not talking about Graham Norton!

Here's Kurt talking about Elvis.

Kurt singing at Disneyland in the 60s


  1. Hi Bonnie! I have been busy in the yard and not doing enough visiting, so I have been checking out your posts! I love Kurt Russell! I remember him from "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" on TV! Of course, "Overboard" is one of my well as "The Thing"...yikes! I'm sorry I missed that show! I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  2. Oh you have transported me back to the good old days of childhood!! How are you dear one? Any more writing opportunities? I AM DONE WITH MY SCHOOL! I will be off all summer. I have been working on your book. I will send you the details...Anita

  3. Hi Debbie, my gosh, I thought I was the only one who watched The Travels of Jamie McPheters. I had a BIG crush on him!

    Hi Anita, summertime-yey! do you have to teach summer school? I have signed up with a staffing agency and am still doing my book reports...I mean book reviews! I'll do a post on it.

  4. Gosh, he was a cutie. No wonder all us girls fell in love with him!

    The Texas Woman

  5. Hey gal! Let me know immediately about how your book reviews are going! Keep me posted always! You are super for visiting me...ain't that a hoot, my photo? To be young, a queen, honey--those WERE the days!Anita