Saturday, April 08, 2017

What Is a Poem?

In honor of April, the Poetry Month, below is my little poem about poetry.

Rhythm and rhyme,
words keeping time
out of their cage
onto the page,
buzzing like bees
in lines like these.

Finding spaces,
scents and places,
longings and fears,
laughter and tears,
a poem must say,
“I live today!”

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Cake: A Love Story Update

My husband and I are very excited the short film Cake: A Love Story, based on our romantic memoir It Had To Be Us, is almost completed. Co-director/writer (with V. Ulea) Misha Zubarev is finishing up with postproduction now and should have a rough cut for us to view soon. 

He has also posted about the film on the Ariella Media site. This is so exciting! Take a look at Debra Lord Cooke and Richard Vernon as Elizabeth and Harry (we wrote the memoir under the pen names of Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence) by clicking on the link below. 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

A Birthday Poem

Thanks to William V. Madison, author of my all-time favorite biography, Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life,  for posting the following birthday poem on my Facebook page last Sunday.  I love a good rhyme, so this was a special treat for me.

I hope your birthday's truly groovy,

Jam-packed with friends and fun and movie.
From cold New York I hope you hear
My wish for you: a Magic Year.

Thanks also to 108 other wonderful Facebook friends for their warm birthday wishes.  They all helped make this year’s birthday truly groovy!

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Maureen O'Hara On Demand

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by listening to a MAUREEN O’HARA TRIBUTE show on Movie Addict Headquarters. This popular episode airs ON DEMAND from March 10 through March 18 on BlogTalkRadio. Listen any time by clicking the link at the end of this post.

Brought to Hollywood from Ireland by Charles Laughton during the late 1930s, O’Hara achieved immediate acclaim for her fiery performances in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Jamaica Inn. She remained a popular box-office draw throughout her long acting career (seven decades!) and played opposite a host of A-list actors, including John Wayne, Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. O’Hara, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 95, appeared in such classic movies as The Quiet Man, Miracle on 34th Street, How Green Was My Valley, The Spanish Main and McClintock.

Because of her beautiful red hair, O’Hara has been called the Queen of Technicolor, and her work in so many Western movies earned her a Golden Boot Award in 1991. She also received an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. O’Hara displayed a talent for acting as a child and was accepted into Ireland’s Abbey Theater at the age of 14. Ironically, her operatic training there seemed wasted in Hollywood. Although she was the number one choice for the lead in The King and I musical, the director didn’t want someone who made “all those pirate movies” playing Anna -- so the role went to Deborah Kerr, whose vocals had to be dubbed. Go figure!

During this encore episode, classic movie experts Diana Saenger and James Colt Harrison discuss their favorite Maureen O’Hara films and performances. Saenger is the founder of Classic Movie Guide and Harrison is a film historian who contributes movie commentary to a variety of outlets including Classic Movie Guide and Review Express.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, movie fans!

HOST:  Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr  

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

A Good Man

Marvin Goodman – good man, for sure.

His friends and neighbors all concur.

He always knew that kindness pays

and tried to help in many ways.

These memories are very strong.

Within our hearts he will live on.

From Larry and Betty Jo Tucker


Friday, February 24, 2017

Susan Granger's Timeless Movies

On February 28, noted film critic Susan Granger visits Movie Addict Headquarters to discuss her book 150 Timeless Movies – a marvelous collection of film reviews -- and to share her reactions to the 89th Academy Award results, which are scheduled to be announced on February 26. Susan is an international film critic who grew up in Hollywood. She was born into a film-business family. Her father was director and producer S. Sylvan Simon, whose credits include Son of Lassie, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood and Born Yesterday. After his death, her mother remarried Armand Deutsch, an MGM producer. As a child actress, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Lassie. For more than 25 years, Susan has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate. Susan is also the film critic for the monthly magazine, Video Librarian. 

In her Introduction for 150 Timeless Movies, Susan writes, “I believe the 150 movies that I’ve chosen for this collection of reviews, many of which made since the turn of the 21st century -- yet still including 25 classics -- will stand the test of time…Timeless movies come in all forms: animated, comedy, drama, horror, romance, war, western, documentary and science-fiction. What they all have in common is that they’re a successful creative collaboration, often revolving around love, family and the indomitable human spirit.”

Among the films included are: 2001: A Space Odyssey, African Queen, Avatar, The Bucket List, City Lights, Saving Private Ryan, The Lives of Others, The Social Network, Slumdog Millionaire , The Wizard of Oz, and 140 more must-see movies.

150 Timeless Movies is published by Hannacroix Creek Books, Inc. and can be purchased wherever books are sold including online retailers like,,, and It is available in paperback, hardcover and e-book.  

150 Timeless Movies with Susan Grangerairs live on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, February 28, 2016. An archived segment will also be available after the live show.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Remember the Day

I am so happy that Misha Zubarev gave me permission to debut “Remember the Day” on our Movie Addict Headquarters Valentine’s Day show!  This original song is from the upcoming film Cake: A Love Story, which is based on It Had To Be Us, the award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I co-wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. 

Misha, co-writer/co-director (with Vera Zubarev) of the film, also wrote the lyrics and composed the music. Actor Richard Vernon performs the song. He portrays a man who reunites with his true love after being estranged from her for almost twenty years. The scene that includes the song showcases a regular guy with a guitar singing his heart out about life and love. It’s a perfect song for this movie!

Pamela Jaye Smith, our special Valentine’s Day guest, who talks about her wonderful book Romantic Comedies during this episode, calls the song and performance “very touching.” And I agree with her.

Listen to “Remember the Day” and to Pamela Jaye Smith anytime by clicking on the link below.

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