I know there was a thread on here a few months ago asking if he had health problems, and the verdict was that he was just losing weight.\
That said, he''s talking funny. He''s having trouble enunciating his words. Maybe it''s just a new set of false teeth, but whatever it is he''s been doing it for weeks and it isn''t going away.\
Are we sure there isn''t something wrong?
Love the man, just wondering.
yeah, i noticed he sort of fading away, isn''t he
Is he gay?
R2, yes he is gay. Btw, not that long ago someone posted a clip of him in the pilot for The Beverly Hillbillies (he was an actor way back when). He was very cute when he was young.
The verdict was not that he was just losing weight. Someone claimed they were his friend and he was "just on a diet", but anyone who knows Bob Osborne knows his real friends wouldn''t come here to gossip. Besides, he canceled some events when he was sick, so it''s obvious he wasn''t "just on a diet." But he probably wasn''t seriously ill, either. I suspect bad flu or an equivalent. Those intros and outros are all done in 2-week chunks, so if he wasn''t feeling well during those 2 weeks, it would appear to us watching TCM that he was sick for months and months when he was really only ill for a few weeks.\
And if you''re talking about him stumbling over words, he''s been doing that for years. The slurring (which may indeed be from dentures) has been going on about 2 years. Some people I know who talk to him in real life say it rarely happens in normal conversation, for what that''s worth.
Love him....love TCM.
Thanks, R4. I first noticed it during the interviews at the film festival, and you can really see it when he has a guest host, especially the Alec Baldwin segments. He stumbles and then does a very slight wince so he clearly knows he''s doing it.\
Of course, you''re right, all the Baldwin segments would have been filmed together, so your explanation makes sense.
Ir must have been hard on him not being at his best with Alec Baldwin. I imagine he probably gets to score with all the guest hosts on TCM and he probably realized that he blew his chance.
I have already forgotten the timeline (and of course the thread where I mentioned this before was deleted) but the 2 people I know who worked with him briefly in 2009 said he didn''t seem ill in the least. At some point in 2009, though, he was got thin and looked exhausted. I never could find out what was wrong, but I found this online:\
[italic]"The New York Post reported in April that Robert Osborne had been having kidney problems. As such, TCM built a set in New York City to film his intros, instead of requiring him to travel to Atlanta as he has always done before."[/italic]\
He looks fine now, especially since he''s 78.
Has anybody read his book? How is it?
How old are all of you? %0D\
He''s simply ageing but he''s not unhealthy.%0D\
You would all probably be shocked to see him without the camera makeup and flattering lighting.
Joan Crawford was still seducing her co-stars on the set of ''Trog''. Just because there''s fire on the roof...
"Someone claimed they were his friend and he was "just on a diet", but anyone who knows Bob Osborne knows his real friends wouldn''t come here to gossip."\
And here you are...
I''m not his friend nor have I met him, what I know about him is second hand, as I''ve clearly stated. He''s said in interviews himself that he is a very private person. Anyway, I think I''ll believe the NYT over what someone on DL who claims to be his good friend says.
Robert Osborne is the best. He makes it happen at TCM.
Where is TCM located. LA, NY, Atlanta?
He''s 78? Looks good for 78.
Knew him years ago.\
A nicer guy you will not find.
[quote]A nicer guy you will not find.\
I have always loved Robert Osborne. He has such a graciousness in his demeanor, which is probably why he''s been an insider for so many years.
[quote]Where is TCM located. LA, NY, Atlanta?%0D\
R15- Robert lives in New York City. However the tapings for his introductions are done in Atlanta. He flies down there one week each month and does an entire month''s of pre show and post show intro tapings.
Did anyone make a booking for the TCM prisspot cruise?
I love Osborne but I lust after Ben Mankiewicz. Don''t ask me why but I think he''s so hot.\
I noticed that he''s no longer wearing a wedding band. Did he get a divorce? Does he need a blow job?
Ben will be on that cruise, feets in flip flops.
Yeah -- I noticed him slurring his words last night after Elmer Gantry. I thought maybe it was because I was really sleepy, but I guess not.
Did you know Mr. Osborne actually lives at the Osborne in NYC? True.
I thought the TCM cruise sounded cool but I don''t have the money for a cruise right now
Has anyone here been to the TCM Film Festival? On paper it should be a hotbed of faggotry, but I don''t recall a thread about it.
^ Thanks for the clip. Did any of you older guys tap that back in the day?
What a doll
Osborne was one of Lucille Ball''s "kids" in her Desilu Talent School.....he knows where lots of bodies are buried and will take the information with him when he goes.\
As for the slurring - I think it''s a combination of age, trying to say TOO MUCH in too short amount of time - and some really BAD writing....my guess is the idiots who write for him (even if he provides some of the information) never sit down and try to say what they''ve written out loud....looks good on paper, but some of those tongue twisters are impossible.
Mary Margaret McMertz
I hope that''s all it is, but I started this thread because I remembered my father having the same sort of difficulty talking when he was on chemo or radiation (whatever it was that week), and I was afraid that was it.\
Enough time has passed that I suspect it''s just false teeth or something. He''s put a little weight back on, and he looks Aces compared to 120 days ago.
Has anyone worshipped Ben''s feet? Were they fragrant and big toed?
My partner''s 80-year-old mom sports the affection for Robert Osborne. I think she has to know he''s gay, but everytime we all watch TCM, she swoons like a bobby-soxer when he comes on.
Is that Max Baer as Jethro in the Beverly Hillbillies clip? Looks like him but I''m not so sure. Is that the pilot episode?%0D\
Bob Osborne was very handsome if not much of an actor.
I lust for Ben too.
[quote]I lust for Ben too.\
Join the club.
Has Robert had Ben on that leather lounger? Imagine the cries of ecstacy echoing off of those mock brick walls ...
[quote]Joan Crawford was still seducing her co-stars on the set of ''Trog''. Just because there''s fire on the roof...%0D\
R35, that''s adorable. My mom swoons over the guy in the Celexis ad.
Ernest Borgnine, Eva Marie Saint, exciting screen personality ''Tippi''Hedren and director Norman Jewison are joining the TCM cruise
Hope Borgnine forgets his flip flops!
Who''s feet will I worship on the cruise first? I would drink gimlets from between Ben''s toes!
I think Ben is sexier than hell, too!
Agree Ben is hot too R37 and R44- I love his shoes. I have a great shoe fetish. But he is so non-gay. He more sexy because he knows about film and is straight. That makes him even hotter.
He does look like he is fading away. Sad really
[quote]Ernest Borgnine, Eva Marie Saint, exciting screen personality ''Tippi''Hedren and director Norman Jewison are joining the TCM cruise\
If the boat capsizes, it will be one hell of a "Poseidon Adventure" remake.
But what did Bob do between that Beverly Hillbillies pilot and TCM? Alll those years in between?
Ben is not as appealing as Osbourne as a host on TCM.%0D\
I guess he''s sexy enough, but not what I want when I''m waiting to see a grand old film.
Ben''s uncle Joe was a famous Hollywood womanizer bedding Liz, Gene, Linda and so many others. He also wrote and directed All About Eve.
I lust for Ben - and I love his politics.%0D\
And Robert is so darn likeable. Love them both.
No mention of Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin doing the Essentials? They have a nice chemistry with Alec often asking intelligent questions and Robert giving his encyclopedic knowledge of film.
R48 wrote for Hollywood Reporter, contributed to that Oscars book.
[quote] They have a nice chemistry with Alec often asking intelligent questions and Robert giving his encyclopedic knowledge of film.\
Did you catch it the other week when Robert sort of bitch-slapped Baldwin? Baldwin was talking about some movie and he said something to the effect that "maybe you''ll appreciate it more now, and show it more often," and Robert just looked at him and said, "No, that won''t happen."
re R45. Ooooh, that BITCH!
I also like the respect that Alec has for Robert. You can tell that while Alec is secure in his opinions and really knows quite a bit about old movies, he defers to Robert and asks him great questions. I also like the look of delight Alec gets on his face when Robert starts talking about when he met/knew/ran into so-and-so in the old days. I have that same look of delight on my own face at home. \
I record quite a few movies from TCM; I am always disappointed when my movie doesn''t have an RO intro/outro.
Anyone else ever fantasize about Robert and Alec having sex?
"But he is so non-gay. He more sexy because he knows about film and is straight. That makes him even hotter."%0D\
Ugh, the straight guy troll is back%0D
I like the combo, too, R56. And I think Osborne looks better now than he did in the Beverly Hillbillies. Very distinguished.
wonder how well he knows Tim Gunn
Has anyone seen Ben''s feets? Are they clean and hairless, with long, thick toes? I hope they''re hairless. But looking at Ben I think they might be hairy. I hate hairy feet. Couldn''t even watch Lord of the Rings.
i have adored tcm and robert osborned since its inception. i couldnt imagine one without the other
I kinda miss Bob Dorian and George Clooney''s dad from when they used to do the intros on AMC, back when AMC actually showed American Movie Classics. \
Whatever happened to Bob Dorian? He wasn''t in the same league as Robert Osborne, but he was pleasant enough.
I love Robert Osborne. He''s so classy and good-natured, and he inspires such utter confidence. He''s one of the best television hosts working today.
I''m jus a lowly TCM fan and whatever is the problem with Bob Osborne Iwish him a speedy recovery. I would also strongly encourage him to go public with his "alleged time off "a la vacation". I have absolutely NO knowledge but it just makes no sense he would take a sudden unplanned vacation unless something unfortunate happened. Just a guess and i hope a bad one but i think a stroke is a possibility which would explain his sudden absence. Another possibilty is a cancer requiring chemo which is weakening and wld explain why he needs time to get back. Whatever the reason, i along with millions of others miss this great "TCM Chairman" who in simple words a real calss act. Get well soon and get back to work Bob - everyone misses you !!!!!!!!!
I''m hoping the fact that he still intends on attending the TCM Cruise means it truly is just a vacation...
Crossing my fingers
What did we think of Janie Powell and The Tipster? Poor Jane''s lookin'' older, but she did a great job. Tip looked SMASHING, but was so dour and serious, trying a bit to hard to add portent to the subject matter of injustice at the hands of vigilantes.
The old gals are doing a good job, but I hope that 40 second "Robert is taking some time off . . . " intro before ever single movie isn''t part of the plan for the next several months.\
I love Robert Osborne, but I''m already telling the TV, "I know, I know, can we talk about the fucking movie already."
I find it so hard to reconcile Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith as mother and daughter. Tippi radiates such class; then again, how truly classy can a mother be if she lets her 15-year-old move in with a guy like Don Johnson?
We love Robert in Dallas. I believe he had an extra part in Scruples miniseries. He was a guest at a cocktail party. (great miniseries by the way). We have prayers coming your way Robert and best wishes for a speedy recover. Your replacements are adequate, but there will never be another you. You have introduced us to so many movie treasures that would have gone unnoticed. Thank you, and hurry back.%0D\
You million fans in Dallas, TX
I didn''t realize how much I missed Robert Osbourne until Tippy took over. She needs to get a rhythm going or something. I have noticed that RO slurs words and was losing weight, and I would imagine he is having health issues, which no, he shouldn''t share with the public, if he doesn''t want to! I wish him well, and like many here, I hope he has a speedy recovery. As for all the others on here obsessed with sex and with saying mean things, you are never anonymous. Eventually we all have to answer to someone or something somewhere, so try to be kind. Doing so is much easier than you think, and it really will make you happier. It also has the added benefit of making the world a better place.
I also love how Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin spar with each other a bit. It''s all very respectful, but I like that they don''t pretend to agree with each other just to keep things nicey-nice.\
Melanie Griffith seems very trashy and low-rent, but her mother was glorious. Still is.\
I remember Bob Dorian on AMC and liked him a lot. There was also a younger, gray-haired guy who used to host AMC for a while, he was cute, but now he does commercials.
I told you people years ago not to trust that Tess McGill. She stole Jack Trainor right out from under me. Trailer Trash.
r72, do you mean Nick Clooney, George''s dad and Rosemary''s brother?
No R74, it was a much younger guy.
R72, I remember that guy and I thought he was not only bright, charsimatic and appropriate for the channel (then), but also dead sexy!!
Here''s a pic of Ben and his wife Contessa from 2008. I believe they are divorced now.
Look at those feet. he can keep the freakum loafers on, too!
It is clear Robert drags his leg, he slurrs his words and his face is expressionless. I pray his minor surgery is a fact. I would hate to learn he is experiencing symptoms of ALS. Actor David Niven was just like that. ALS i also known as Lou Gehrig''s Disease.
I do enjoy seeing Ben wearing a suit in the evenings, although he has poor taste in neckties--they tend to strobe and not photograph well.
LOVE Ben. And he looks like he has a big dick. I don''t know why he doesn''t return my calls...
On tonights TCM Orsen Wells night - somebody else subsituted in for Robert Osborne.
That ''somebody else'' is Ben Mankiewicz, R82.
Osborne does a good job. I''ve never looked him up on Wiki. Wasn''t he a film critic? I know he hung around the movie sets all the time. Picking up ''inside scoops''. Those stories are what was going on at the time.He does his job all right and has "who was doing who" .
whatever the problem is I think his audience should know the the real issue instead of wondering and hearing everyone's stories as he has been in our living rooms for years, we know of many other actors and host and their problems ,why not him,I've always enjoyed the wway he did the intros,A class act.Whatever it is I hope the best for him tcm lover "D" P.S Still waiting for the movie "The Key " to play again.
TCM ran a promo this morning w/Robert in a sweater, looking fabulous.
He announced he'll be back in December.
17, Oct, 2011
JUST saw Mr. Robert Osborne do a brief 'hello,' on TCM - wearing a sweater, and khakis, looking TERRIFIC.
He says he'll be back to regular hosting duties - and his suit - 1 November.
Is Robert Osborne gay? I do not want to bash him, just want to know. Love his knowledge of movies, seems like a very nice man.
Just that I find it so strange that all the bios have no mention of marriage, or that he never married, no children etc.
It`s not easy to find a bio of a guy from his generation that does not have any mention of his private life, not even just the simple line stating...that he never married.
I think he is gay, but just wondered what the secret was about. If he is gay it`s very clear he is still in the closet
R88 is the epitome of obtuse.
Lorraine Bracco is subbing for him tonight. What is wrong with her? She can barely get a whole sentence out, even though it's obvious that she's trying to read a teleprompter. I don't know whether Osborne had a stroke, but she sure acts as if she did.
Lorraine looked and acted quite heavily drugged, R90.
I wanted to cheer her for getting all those words on the teleprompter out.
But the poor thing had no clue where she was or what she was doing. Perhaps she thinks she's still in 2002, doing press junkets for The Sopranos.
R91, my first thought was that she must be drunk or high, because that's exactly what she seemed like. But she's a professional actress, surely she wouldn't show up for a job stoned? So I wonder if she is or has been sick?
WTF? Bracco is actually pausing at the end of the line on the teleprompter. You can see her eyes shift to the next line and she starts talking again.
I thought you guys were exaggerating, but it's even worse than you described.
Is he gay? This would ruin my last 10+ years of watching TCM. If it's true where is my Beretta 9 Millimeter, I will not go on.
Oh, Jesus, who cares about this nobody who did nothing? Get a grip, girls.
Who was that black man (the one with the dirty ring of hair around his mouth) who subbed for Robert recently? He was so pretentious.
It's like the fill-ins are only capable of two things - dear in the headlights discomfort and zombiedom or overly dramatic, hyper-sincere ham.
What Robert brought (brings!) is a wealth of knowledge and insight, but all presented in a casual, conversational way, with very little pretense. He made this job look so easy and it obviously is anything but!
I wish they had filmed three or four spots instead of just that one with him in the blue sweater. They're beating it to death.
I adore Robert Osborne. When asked who I would liked to be seated with at a dinner party I always answer Robert Osborne. I hope he is in good health and in the event he has any problem, I hope he trusts his fans to stand by him and love him through any issue.
Bracco needs glasses to read..was she wearing her glasses when she had trouble with the TelePrompTer?
(The iPad provider the above spelling.)
She was wearing her glasses. She can't read, but she's very sexy, IMO. She just has this vibe about her that appeals to me. I noticed it on The Sopranos.
No, she was NOT wearing her glasses. I watched The Razor's Edge last night, recorded from days ago when she was hosting, and she looked and acted like a Lorraine Bracco pod that had been taken over by the brain of Melanie Griffith. Childlike, halting speech with inexplicable pauses and presposterous delivery. It was really SAD.
The night I saw her, she was wearing glasses and she looked great in them.
Ran into Robert twice this week. Looks well, if a bit thinner and a bit more frail. He said he did almost nothing during his absence--no traveling, etc.--and loved it.
Was anyone else on the cruise? I couldn't find any event for gay people to meet and that was surprising. Robert Osborne was amazing and it was mesmerizing watching his talks. I just wish he had talked more about being gay and his relationships since that is such an important part of life.
The only real shock was on the first night when Wink Martindale was hosting a trivia event and then introduced that Republican/FoxNews pollster and propagandist Frank Luntz. That guy is a professional hate spin doctor for the right-wing and it really made me almost puke to think he was on the ship.
Robert Osborne is awesome. Nice to know he was doing well enough to participate in the cruise.
Too bad they invited a hatemonger!
R105- Did Ben wear flip flops? Did you see him in a swim suit?
Robert gave a big detailed story about his time off. He wasn't sick at all but said it was his first vacation in years. He needed time to get dental work, some minor surgery, and do personal stuff. Usually he travels a lot but said he wanted to say in NYC the whole time. He also said he was actually back taping shows last month - with Drew Barrymore who is taking over for Alec Baldwin. Robert also said super complimentary things about Baldwin and says he loves working with him.
Robert had two sessions on the cruise where he answered questions from the audience for over an hour. It was totally fascinating and his stories were endless. He made the whole cruise worth it.
I imagine Ben has a big floppy dingus with huge low-hangers.
I was thinking that his absence, the slurred speech, etc. are indictive of having had a minor stroke somewhere along the line...but apparently no one is talking or revealing that information, so who knows if my assessment is true. At any rate,I hope he is in good health now, as I love TCM and Mr. Osborne as the host.
ROBERT, IS NOT GAY, HE IS CHRISTIAN AND HIS WIFES NAME IS SARA. YOU WHOM DOESNT WANT TO SHOW YOUR NAME!
MR. K. HULLETTE
If Robert Osborne is sick, or not my Prayers go to him and his family. It shouldn't matter if he is gay or not. He is a very special man. And I am looking forward to when he does come back to TCM he seems to be a very kind and caring person.He makes the channel going back to no matter what is playing.
Is Robert Osborne gay? That's like asking if the Pope's a cocksucker.
OF COURSE HE IS!!!
Tonight on TCM, Bob interviewed by Alec Baldwin who is no longer coloring his hair. Who is his bf? Alec is getting pretty queeny.
r114, I saw the show. Bob was really hot when he was young!
Looks like they are going to run off somewhere and have a little affair!
What's with Robert Wagner in the background in all those old photos? Are/were Osborne and Wagner an item?
I saw that show tonight, too. Robert is so beloved by so many. Carole Cook was dear friends with Lucille Ball so it is no wonder she and Robert are pals. Osborne knows everyone from old Hollywood who is still around.
I want to fill him clear full of whiskey and get him talking. You know he has all the dirt . . .
There was a guy who he specifically said used to be one of two guys who Lucille Ball would hang with. He said the 2nd guy's name and said he died tragically, but I didn't get the name. Anyone get it? Was he an old flame of some sort?
R119, Dick Kallman, who was a DL topic not too long ago (linked below). Kallman was a good friend of another DL fave, Dolores Gray.
Bob, Dick and Majel Barrett (later Roddenberry) were all memebers of The Desilu Revue.
Wikipedia states that he is married to "Sara Osborne" from 1965-present. During the Alec Baldwin interview, his wife was not mentioned at any time during the segment. (I could be mistaken.) There were no pictures of her, either. This is odd. Even if "Mrs. Osbourne" prefers to stay out the spotlight, she should have been mentioned in someway. His mother, father and sister are mentioned, but not his personal life. It was all focused on "career." Doesn't this sound familiar?
I know Robert. There is not, nor has there ever been, a "Mrs." Osborne.
Anybody can post into Wikipedia but without verification from an outside source, that information will be deleted.
Also live at The Osborne on W. 57th Street
I saw him several years ago on a Sunday afternoon walking through a Sargent show at The Jewish Museum (Sargent had a number of Jewish patrons and painted them). Bob's tall, and he looked natty in a blazer. I was glad to see that he has interests other than old movies. He seemed to be alone, reading the wall notes and taking everything in very slowly.
I was impressed with the fact that he stated that he wanted to maintain a life outside the industry; life in New York enables him to do that whereas LA wouldn't have. He is a born New Yorker (although he wasn't born there).
I was also impressed with the genuine love of an art form without it being tainted with neuroses or creepy puerilism (like James Lipton). I think that's why so many actors love him and call him a friend - they've all been made jaded in some way and he reminds them that movie making is an artform and they are all in some form or other artists.
That Mickey Rooney clip they showed was funny, disturbing, awkward, embarrassing, frightening and sad all at the same time.
I could have listened to Osborne talk for hours about his encounters with stars.
I wanted to barf after seeing Baldwin and all of those grizzled "waxworks" fawn over him. I like Osborne, but they made him sound like the patron saint of film.
I remember there's a story about how he got his apartment. Didn't some old movie star leave it to him or give him a sweetheart deal on it?
Also, he said that when came to NYC he was given the theater beat. I assume this included Broadway. Was he respected as a theater critic?
How Osborne got his apartment at link.
He was never a critic, R130, he was an "entertainment reporter" - sort of a higher-toned version of those idiots on Entertainment Tonight and the other shows of that ilk.
Bette Davis (I am the "old movie star" to whom you refer)
Great article about Bob's 3 apartments at The Osborne! Thanks for posting r131.
So was Bob lying in 2006 when he said he was in his mid-60s?
I loved the Private Screenings episode on Bob but wish it could have gone on for 2 more hours with him letting loose with some really good reminiscences about all the stars he's known.
Why hasn't he written a book about them all? I feel as though he could enlighten us with lots of new info but coming from him it wouldn't be malicious or catty.
For some reason, I found it very cool that Lucille Ball and Marlene Dietrich were friends. I didn't know that.
Bob was close friends with all the ladies of Hollywood but, apparently, few of the men, Robert Wagner being the one exception.
The kinds of relationships Osborne had with the men of Hollywood are usually not long-lasting, Dotty.
"I could have listened to Osborne talk for hours about his encounters with stars."
Someone needs to get him drunk so he'll spill the dirt!
What does that tell you, r135 ...
He tells a great story of having been a seat filler at the 1970 Academy Awards, where he found himself sitting next to Elizabeth Taylor when Richard Burton left to present an Oscar.
Burton took his sweet time returning to his seat and Elizabeth, which made her more furious by the minute.
Bob also tells a funny story about Lucy, explaining she'd only accepted the role of Mame when Angela passed on it.
Angela said, "Oh no, that wasn't true, I wanted to play Mame in the worst way!"
Bob replied, "Well, isn't that funny, that was just how Lucy played it."
I can't think of anyone I'd rather have for a dinner companion than Bob Osborne.
Marlene Dietrich's friendship with Luiclle Ball began when "I Love Lucy" became an enormous hit. Dietrich enjoyed making friends
with people who suddenly became very famous. Two other example: Rosemary Clooney and Yul Brynner from the 1950s.
Robert is probably the last real hollywood insider. The gossip he knows must be remarkable
He'll never tell tho😳
Another Osborne story, when a number of celebs found themselves on the same plane flying from Los Angeles to DC for the 1987 Kennedy Center Honors.
Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Angela Lansbury, Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis, Jr., all seated in First Class.
At one point, Bette stood and asked aloud, "I wonder if this plane crashes, who would get the biggest headline?"
Everyone laughed and Lucy said, "It would be you, Bette."
"Robert is probably the last real hollywood insider. The gossip he knows must be remarkable
He'll never tell tho😳"
Wish he'd write a tell-all that would be published after his death, like the Ava Gardner book that was published last year.
I wonder whose Tony Award Osborne has in his NYC apartment.
I loved Bob's story on Private Screenings of his youthful experience working with Jane Darwell in a regional theater production of Night Must Fall.
He told her he wanted to establish himself as a serious actor in NY but she advised him to go to Hollywood instead. I wonder if she knew he wasn't a good enough stage actor for Broadway or if she felt his looks, which were rather pretty and callow were better suited for Hollywood.
Lucy also apparently discouraged his acting career and urged him to become a writer.
I'm shocked at how messy and cheap his apartment looks in that Times article,
Oaborne has promised, like Roddy McDowell before him, to never spill the tea. Which is why every old girl in Hollywood confides in him, and loves him. He knows where all the bones are buried and has sworn to secrecy.
And like Roddy, who wouldn't allow his "memoirs" to be published until 100 years after his death, Osborne will take his secrets to the grave and never reveal what he knows.
He lives around the corner from Angela Lansbury and I've had the pleasure of their company on several occasions. Great stories told, but only told with the understanding that they would never be repeated outside the room. So many names were dropped it was like reading the Beverly Hills telephone book, circa 1968.
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
I hope Robert Osborn has had more of a life beyond hanging with famous older show business women, escorting them to plays and benefits and gossiping.
During his interview with Baldwin, I heard the names of a lot of men mentioned (perhaps not famous) but people who led Osborn to one of his many breaks.
Huh! I can't say I remember him mentioning any men who helped him in his career.
Who were they?
I love Osborne.
I wonder how he was so well-fixed in the 80s to spend half a million dollars on an apartment. He said he got the smaller Bernstein apartment for $300k in the 90s. Then there's the third apartment as well.
Mind you, these are all worth many times what he paid for them now. But before TCM came along, how could an actor turned entertainment reporter (in print, no less) enjoy this kind of lifestyle?
Was there a sugar daddy? Or a mommy?
It seems to me Bob could fill a book with fascinating and funny stories about old Hollywood that wouldn't ruin anyone's reputation.
While he was an "entertainment reporter" before landing on TCM, Osborne was very highly respected and well paid - he wrote for Variety (which is the best place an entertainment reporter can work) and he was the author of several best-selling books, including his book (updated every five years, including this November) that is considered the main go-to reference book about the Oscars...
Wasn't there something about Bette Davis leaving him the first of his Osborne apts in her will?
While the Osborne is a gorgeous old building, it's in the Carnegie Hall neighborhood which is not very residential friendly unless you are a billionaire with servants or a tourist in one of the many huge hotels. There are no supermarkets nearby and all the restaurants are tourist traps or over-priced coffee shops.
I adore him. He is handsome and charming. I love to watch him introduce the movies on TCM. I love classic movies and he always has such great stories about behind the scenes. As to whether or not he is gay, I could care less. I love him and his private life is his business. He is a classic himself. Perfect host for TCM.
Bette Davis was not ectremely rich; my memory is that she left everything to her son and the woman who was her assistant in the last years of her life.
Sat next to Osborne twice at Town Hall Broadway concerts. He knew plenty about theatre.
The second time it was a salute to 1978, and we both had seen most of the original productions and had a lot to talk about. A great memory.
I agree that I'd pay big bucks to hear him really dish the dirt, but in this day and age, he and Roddy are such exotic creatures of discretion it makes me love them even more.
"Bette Davis was not ectremely rich; my memory is that she left everything to her son and the woman who was her assistant in the last years of her life."
Bette left many of her personal possessions to Boston University, where they were placed on public display after her death in 1989.
Her furniture, artwork, scrapbooks, photo albums, correspondence, awards, etc.
R154, Bette Davis never owned an apartment in the Osborne. There are, incidentally, two supermarkets within a three block radius of the building.
What DO you know about?
A rat jumped out of the drain of the toilet in his guest apartment. This was even before the construction next door led to a mouse infestation in the building.
What you neglect to mention, R160, is that his guest apartment is on the ground floor of the building, behind the main lobby, so it's not a stretch for a rat to show up.
It's also the apartment where his dear friend Diane Baker stays when she comes to town - which ties into that other thread about the "Deluded 1960s Starlet" - that's Diane.
Yes, Millie, the lobby location was mentioned on the starlet thread. But the collapsing ceiling in the guest apartment has not come up. (It was a separate incident, a flood.)
I live in a small apartment building in a decent Philadelphia neighborhood, and that happened in the ground floor apartment. I once lived in that ground foor apartment before moning upstairs, but had a cat.