- "No Greater Glory" gave Lora a meaty role that she could really sink her teeth into and shushed the critics who'd dismissed her as clotheshorse.
Also, it severed that creepy Svengali/Trilby relationship she had with that despicable Allen Loomis, leaving her more time to bond with Suzy.
- The flea powder commercial.
- Plugging Monty.
- Acting like she cared about Suzy!
- OP, how could you leave out "No Man of My Own" and the holiday classic "Christmas in Cancun"?
- Well, I think I more than held my own against the St. Bernard dog, WOOF!
- Summer Madness: with performances like that, we'd have to be CRAZY!
- 1965's Love Has Many Facelifts
- My laptop hissed at me when I opened this thread.
- Weekend At The Wyndham (starring me and every man I ever worked with, including the stagehands!)
- Peyton Place. And if you disagree, you're just a Harper Valley Hypocrite!
- Fellucci agreed to her TERMS!
- The play where she gave the lines to Amy - and became a STAR!!!!!
- R4 nailed it. Bet she never knew about Stave and Suzy and all that " horseback riding " they did. Steve was a real nice ride, too. Taught me everything I needed to know.
- (R15)Oh SaraJANE! Is he a coloured boy?
- Oh Momma, stop ACTING! Stop trying to shift people around as if they were pawns on a stage!
- Steve: Your bones...
Lora Meredith: What about my bones?
- Now, just a moment, young lady! It's only because of my ambition that you've had the best of everything. And that's a solid achievement that any mother can be proud of!
- (R19) But what about a mothers LOVE???
- LOVE? But you've always had that!
- Yes, by telephone, by postcard, by magazine interviews... you've given me everything... everything but Steve's huge, meaty cock!
- I thought she was amazing in the Polident commercial. She made me run right out and get it at the Piggly Wiggly.
- Despite the "coloured angle", I had no problem working with Harry Belafonte in "No Greater Glory"...after all, he was practically white!
- Have I ever denied you anything? Anything money could buy I've given you! Wait, you're not Veda...where the hell am I? Why is everything in color?
- Sarah Jane: "I don't want the black one!"
Annie: "I do, I do!"
- What a stupid question, OP - are you not aware that Rena in No More Laughter is only the best part since Scarlett O'Hara??
- That lesbo stag loop she did with Bea Pullman, hunties!
- Annie: "Oh Miss Lora, you need showbiz as much as it needs you!"
Lora: "Um...that house in Connecticut isn't dusting itself, Annie."
- Convincing us that Lana Turner had the stuff to make it on the stage.
- (10)My laptop hissed at me when I opened this thread.
I'll make your laptop hiss, Signor Fellucci!\t
- Did she ever get to play Raina in that Fellucci pic-chah?
- Ah dun fixeded y'all a mess o' crawdaddies Miz Lora, fo' you an' yo' friends!
- (33) That's quite a TRICK, Sarah Jane, wherever did you learn it?
- Bitch,you can always put that award where your heart ought to be. Regards, Margo Channing
- Lora was très jolie in "White Widow", OP darling!
- Bitch wasn't even believable taking her bows at the premiere of Summer Madness!
- Who the fuck is this ho?
- [quote] What was Lora Meredith's greatest triumph as an actress?
Staying almost completely anonymous and unknown to the public at large?
- Once when she really ran low on dough, she did a porno quickie called "Mama And Her Cubs", a sort of threesome with some college boys. We were able to buy up all the copies and destroy them.
Ambassador John Gavin
- (38&39) Lora Meredith was the First Lady of the American Theater from 1948 onward. She recently came out of retirement to play Carlotta in a revival of Follies.
It's called "google". I'd advise you to acquaint yourselves with it.
- "'First Lady of the American Stage', my ass! I'M the First Lady of the American Stage!"
- Lora: "Why Annie, it never occurred to me that you had any friends..."
Annie: "Miss Lora, you never asked."
Lora: "Um...you CAN talk and still rub my feet, you know."
- "Sarah Jane is--YOUR CHILD???
- The audio commentary on Imitation of Life is hilarious. Basically Lana Turner was tricked, or maybe just encouraged, to be her regular Lana Turner-y self, which the director knew would make the audience dislike the character in a way that Turner herself would never anticipate.
Turner thought she was giving a sympathetic performance with a sympathetic character. Sirk knew otherwise, and that's exactly what he wanted.
- That Lora Meredith is a fake, just like me!
- "Marjorie? Oh, Marjorie!"
"Colonel, what are YOU doing in there?"
(flinging open imaginary door)
"And Mr. Obermeyer, why aren't you in Duluth?"
"Oh, Herbert, YOU TOO?"
- "Nothing in it for me, honey but they're casting the new Tennessee Williams play, so put on
your roller skates!"
Clearly Lora Meredith was Tenn's first choice to play Blanche DuBois.
- Annie: "Uh-uh. That money goes into our kitty."
- Steve: Oh, stop acting.
Lora: I'm not acting!
- Is it time for my next wardrobe change yet?
L.M. or mama
- Annie: "How do you explain to your child that she was born to be hurt?"
Lora: "Are we STILL talking about this?"
- Like Tallulah Bankhead and Helen Hayes and Ethel Merman, her talents did not easily travel off the stage. But she was larger than life. Only Amerigo Felluci saw how beautiful that could translate onto the screen if she were given proper direction.
- (53) "But she was larger than life. Only Amerigo Felluci saw how beautiful that could translate onto the screen if she were given proper direction."
Indeed! I recently caught 'No More Laughter' at the local revival house and (I swear this is true)I turned to my companion and said: "Is this film in 3-D? Because I am IN this movie, I AM Reina!"
- Teacher: "But I don't have any little colored girls in my class!"
Annie: "But they said 3-B, this is 3-B, isn't it?"
Teacher: "We didn't know! We didn't know!"
- Lora: "I'm sorry, Mr. Edwards. But I'm an actress, and a good one."
- The only hit that comes out of a Lora Meredith show is Lora Meredith, and that's ME, baby, remember?
- "Well, don't be so calm, they want me for Rena!"
- Annie: "Miss Lora, we been spending an awful lot of money up here. Do you think we can really afford it?"
Lora: "What's this 'we' shit?"
- Susie: "Oh, Mama, look! A falling star!"
Lora: "I can only hope it's Lynn Fontanne..."
- The loneliest word I've heard of is empty. Anything empty is sad.
An empty purse can make a good girl bad...
- Annie: "I've plenty to send Sarah Jane to college, something set aside for her, and enough for my funeral."
Lora: "Oh, Annie, that funeral again!"
- Definately Catwoman in the big screen treatment of the '60s hit. She can always proudly proclaim that she was the first Catwoman on the silver screen.
- 1952's The Bland and the Beautiful.
- "Like Tallulah Bankhead and Helen Hayes and Ethel Merman, her talents did not easily travel off the stage"
re: Hayes, it's quite odd that a woman whose talents didn't travel well off the stage ended up with two oscars.
- Her greatest triumph was being so awful that even Norma Shearer bested her when she got the movie roles.
- Simmer down (65), no one's saying H Hayes didn't deserve her Oscars, we're just saying she wasn't as beautiful or talented as Lora Meredith.
- Oh please (66) Lora Meredith was a stage actress, Shearer was in film; two completely different mediums.
That said, Lora's relatively few excursions in cinema are all well-regarded classics (there's even a course at UCLA devoted to 'No More Laughter').
- (66) You aren't being 'colored'. You're being childish!
- I'm probably in the minority here, but I thought her best performance was in that little play she did off Broadway, WAY off!
- Now Venus, you know, was loaded with charm, and look at what happened to her:
Waitin' around she's minus two arms. Could happen to me? No, sir!
- Sarah Jane: "Oh, 'tain't no trick ta' totin', Miss Lora! I learned it from my mammy, an' she learned it from ol' massa, 'fo' she belonged to you..."
- "She's talented, she's REALLY got it! I knew that when I kicked her outta my show."
- Nothing can destroy Lora's talent...but she'll destroy herself.
- Lora's gone through life on a pass 'cause of her damn classy looks!
- SUMMER MADNESS!
- I have to say, the first time I saw that pivotal scene in "Born to Laugh" I nearly passed out. She was transcendent. Even thinking of it now makes me a little weak. And that cameo in the second hour by Helen Lawson? God.
- Indeed, [r77] I needed a cigarette after that pivotal scene!
- Reading this thread makes me think how much of my life I've wasted entertaining fat housewives from Hoboken.
- Happy 91st birthday to Juanita Moore!
- [quote]Acting like she cared about Suzy!
This remark made me spit coffee over my keyboard.
- I'd like it that way... forever!
- Ya'll remember that made-for-TV version of Summer Madness done in '84 with Kirstie Alley in the main role? For TV it wasn't too bad, but I thought setting it in the Victorian era was a bad call...
- Her greatest triumph was "I'll Cut You, Bitch!" a film she made in the 1970s opposite Helen Lawson.