I'd be curious to see which of these had her greatest role. She was the greatest actress ever, so it's hard to choose.
What was Lora Meredith's greatest triumph as an actress?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 106||09/02/2015|
"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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 1||03/28/2013|
The flea powder commercial.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 2||03/28/2013|
|by Annie Johnson||reply 3||03/28/2013|
Acting like she cared about Suzy!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 4||03/28/2013|
|by Annie Johnson||reply 5||03/28/2013|
OP, how could you leave out "No Man of My Own" and the holiday classic "Christmas in Cancun"?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 6||03/28/2013|
Well, I think I more than held my own against the St. Bernard dog, WOOF!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 7||03/28/2013|
1965's Love Has Many Facelifts
|by Annie Johnson||reply 9||03/28/2013|
My laptop hissed at me when I opened this thread.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 10||03/28/2013|
Weekend At The Wyndham (starring me and every man I ever worked with, including the stagehands!)
|by Annie Johnson||reply 11||03/28/2013|
Peyton Place. And if you disagree, you're just a Harper Valley Hypocrite!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 12||03/28/2013|
Fellucci agreed to her TERMS!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 13||03/28/2013|
The play where she gave the lines to Amy - and became a STAR!!!!!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 14||03/28/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 15||03/28/2013|
(R15)Oh SaraJANE! Is he a coloured boy?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 16||03/28/2013|
Oh Momma, stop ACTING! Stop trying to shift people around as if they were pawns on a stage!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 17||03/28/2013|
Steve: Your bones...
Lora Meredith: What about my bones?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 18||03/28/2013|
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!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 19||03/28/2013|
(R19) But what about a mothers LOVE???
|by Annie Johnson||reply 20||03/28/2013|
LOVE? But you've always had that!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 21||03/28/2013|
Yes, by telephone, by postcard, by magazine interviews... you've given me everything... everything but Steve's huge, meaty cock!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 22||03/29/2013|
I thought she was amazing in the Polident commercial. She made me run right out and get it at the Piggly Wiggly.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 23||03/29/2013|
Despite the "coloured angle", I had no problem working with Harry Belafonte in "No Greater Glory"...after all, he was practically white!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 24||03/29/2013|
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?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 25||03/29/2013|
Sarah Jane: "I don't want the black one!" Annie: "I do, I do!"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 26||03/29/2013|
What a stupid question, OP - are you not aware that Rena in No More Laughter is only the best part since Scarlett O'Hara??
|by Annie Johnson||reply 27||03/29/2013|
That lesbo stag loop she did with Bea Pullman, hunties!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 28||03/29/2013|
Annie: "Oh Miss Lora, you need showbiz as much as it needs you!"
Lora: "Um...that house in Connecticut isn't dusting itself, Annie."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 29||03/29/2013|
Convincing us that Lana Turner had the stuff to make it on the stage.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 30||03/29/2013|
(10)My laptop hissed at me when I opened this thread.
I'll make your laptop hiss, Signor Fellucci!t
|by Annie Johnson||reply 31||03/29/2013|
Did she ever get to play Raina in that Fellucci pic-chah?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 32||03/31/2013|
Ah dun fixeded y'all a mess o' crawdaddies Miz Lora, fo' you an' yo' friends!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 33||03/31/2013|
(33) That's quite a TRICK, Sarah Jane, wherever did you learn it?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 34||03/31/2013|
Bitch,you can always put that award where your heart ought to be. Regards, Margo Channing
|by Annie Johnson||reply 35||03/31/2013|
Lora was très jolie in "White Widow", OP darling!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 36||03/31/2013|
Bitch wasn't even believable taking her bows at the premiere of Summer Madness!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 37||03/31/2013|
Who the fuck is this ho?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 38||03/31/2013|
[quote] What was Lora Meredith's greatest triumph as an actress?
Staying almost completely anonymous and unknown to the public at large?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 39||03/31/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 40||03/31/2013|
(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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 41||03/31/2013|
"'First Lady of the American Stage', my ass! I'M the First Lady of the American Stage!"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 42||03/31/2013|
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."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 43||03/31/2013|
"Sarah Jane is--YOUR CHILD???
|by Annie Johnson||reply 44||03/31/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 45||03/31/2013|
That Lora Meredith is a fake, just like me!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 46||04/01/2013|
"Marjorie? Oh, Marjorie!"
(shocked) "Colonel, what are YOU doing in there?"
(flinging open imaginary door) "And Mr. Obermeyer, why aren't you in Duluth?"
(despairingly) "Oh, Herbert, YOU TOO?"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 47||04/01/2013|
"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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 48||04/01/2013|
Annie: "Uh-uh. That money goes into our kitty."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 49||04/01/2013|
Steve: Oh, stop acting.
Lora: I'm not acting!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 50||04/01/2013|
Is it time for my next wardrobe change yet?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 51||04/01/2013|
Annie: "How do you explain to your child that she was born to be hurt?"
Lora: "Are we STILL talking about this?"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 52||04/01/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 53||04/01/2013|
(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!"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 54||04/01/2013|
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!"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 55||04/02/2013|
Lora: "I'm sorry, Mr. Edwards. But I'm an actress, and a good one."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 56||04/02/2013|
The only hit that comes out of a Lora Meredith show is Lora Meredith, and that's ME, baby, remember?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 57||04/02/2013|
"Well, don't be so calm, they want me for Rena!"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 58||04/02/2013|
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?"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 59||04/02/2013|
Susie: "Oh, Mama, look! A falling star!"
Lora: "I can only hope it's Lynn Fontanne..."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 60||04/02/2013|
The loneliest word I've heard of is empty. Anything empty is sad. An empty purse can make a good girl bad...
|by Annie Johnson||reply 61||04/03/2013|
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!"
|by Annie Johnson||reply 62||04/03/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 63||04/03/2013|
1952's The Bland and the Beautiful.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 64||04/03/2013|
"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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 65||04/03/2013|
Her greatest triumph was being so awful that even Norma Shearer bested her when she got the movie roles.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 66||04/03/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 67||04/03/2013|
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').
|by Annie Johnson||reply 68||04/03/2013|
(66) You aren't being 'colored'. You're being childish!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 69||04/03/2013|
I'm probably in the minority here, but I thought her best performance was in that little play she did off Broadway, WAY off!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 70||04/03/2013|
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!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 71||04/03/2013|
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..."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 72||04/03/2013|
"She's talented, she's REALLY got it! I knew that when I kicked her outta my show."
|by Annie Johnson||reply 73||04/04/2013|
Nothing can destroy Lora's talent...but she'll destroy herself.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 74||04/04/2013|
Lora's gone through life on a pass 'cause of her damn classy looks!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 75||04/04/2013|
|by Annie Johnson||reply 76||08/01/2013|
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.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 77||08/01/2013|
Indeed, [r77] I needed a cigarette after that pivotal scene!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 78||08/01/2013|
Happy 91st birthday to Juanita Moore!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 79||10/19/2013|
[quote]Acting like she cared about Suzy!
This remark made me spit coffee over my keyboard.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 80||10/25/2013|
I'd like it that way... forever!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 81||10/25/2013|
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...
|by Annie Johnson||reply 82||10/25/2013|
Her greatest triumph was "I'll Cut You, Bitch!" a film she made in the 1970s opposite Helen Lawson.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 83||10/25/2013|
I don't even know why we needed a poll.
NO GREATER GLORY!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 84||03/08/2014|
Bump for Mother's Day!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 85||05/10/2015|
r27, the part of Rena ("Only the greatest part since Scarlett O'Hara!") is actually in NO MORE LAUGHTER (directed by the great Amerigo Fellucci), not NO GREATER GLORY.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 86||08/31/2015|
Some of these posts are great, vintage DL, from the time of the original Helen Lawson thread.
Here's a question, what happened AFTER Annie's funeral?
Did SaraJane learn to love herself again and not live a lifetime of guilt (because she really did kill her mother. Annie dies of a BROKEN HEART)? Or did the ungrateful bitch milk some cash out of Lora then head off into the sunset where she found local fame performing torch songs in Phoenix?
And Suzy... do we think she seduced Steve after he married Lora? I hope so, and that his horse cock delivered the seed of Suzy's only child that Lora loved as her only grandchild... If not, perhaps she went off to college and years later became famous writing amusing novels from A Summer Place about all of the famous theater folk she'd met as a child (her story of Alan Loomis in the coat room with the ingenue is a classic!)?
What of Lora? Did her Broadway career continue or did she have to hit the summer circuit performing under the Melody Tent? Is there any videotape of Lora's appearance on one of Helen Lawson's Christmas Specials in the swinging 60s?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 87||08/31/2015|
It was late in her career, but I thought "Lora Meredith Does Disco" was a very brave choice and a surprising strong Disco album that holds up really well.
Seriously, give it a listen.
(How the fuck was Lora supposed to know it would be so hard to find domestic help that would work for just Room and Board like Annie did all those years? JHC, they expect me to PAY them - I"m Lora Meredith!)
|by Annie Johnson||reply 88||08/31/2015|
What do mean black people don't want to work for me for free?
I'm willing to give them the little room off the kitchen!
Is this some kind of joke, because it's not funny!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 89||08/31/2015|
Look, you can finish addressing all these envelopes for me and I'll give you half...I mean, a third of the pay.
That's my final offer!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 90||08/31/2015|
Well, of course, your duties include raising my daughter Suzy!
You think I'm going to let you get away with just cooking and cleaning and washing and ironing?
It's not just the Black now - it's the Mexicans too - where do they get this sense of ENTITLEMENT?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 91||08/31/2015|
Well, certainly, you have to do my laundry!
Do you think these white outfits just wash themselves?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 92||08/31/2015|
Annie...oh, for God's sake, I don't CARE what your name is. I'm just going to call you Annie!
I have lines to learn for my Felluci film. Do you think I can memorize the name of every Colored women who comes to work for me?
Steve, this Colored woman is being impossible, please come and handle THIS!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 93||08/31/2015|
In addition to cleaning and maintaining my large Connecticut estate all by yourself, you'll be responsible for all my wardrobe, my correspondence and my social engagements, and oh yes, the happiness of my daughter...um, Swoosie, I mean, Suzy. Yes, I'm sure she's called Suzy now that I think of it.
You also be responsible for ensuring that my Suzy remains a virgin while I'm on location in Italy making the Felucci film. She can date and tease as many older men as she likes, but her virginity is to remain intact. Understood?
The last person who did this job? Well, she left me....for...um, an extended vacation. Yes, a vacation that's it. You see, she had...family problems that kept her from devoting herself completely to me and to her work here. That's why you won't be allowed to have any contact with your friends or family while you're working for me.
This will be your room. Why NO! No one has DIED in this room! This is a perfectly good servant's room! Why on earth would you ask such a revolting question?
|by Annie Johnson||reply 94||08/31/2015|
Lora Meredith's greatest triumph as an actress?
Having the balls to pass herself as a twenty-something mother in the early part of the movie when she was pushing fifty.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 95||08/31/2015|
Helen at R95 you're just jealous that Sirk didn't cast you in the film... he remembered your previous behavior at his Christmas parties and was having none of your shenanigans on his set.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 96||09/01/2015|
I thought her greatest triumph was her overacting as Annie lay on her deathbed.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 97||09/01/2015|
Lora was no worse than Sarajane who had to be pulled out of the hearse as she was trying to climb onto her mother's casket...I suspect Lora pulled that little bitch's arm out of the socket in that shot.
As my old friend Helen Lawson taught me, the only hit that comes out of Lora Meredith film is a Lora Meredith hit.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 98||09/01/2015|
I have to admit that I've sometimes fantasized about having a full Black Choir at my funeral with Mahalia Jackson as the featured soloist...it was one kick-ass funeral.
Don't tell me Mahalia Jackson is dead - just offer her more money - it's my funeral!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 99||09/01/2015|
I'd say, her greatest triumph as an actress was convincing John Gavin that she didn't have tumbleweeds blowing out of her dry old vage...
And as for Doug Sirk's Christmas Party - if he can't take a little goosing by a strap-on dildo, he should sit at the Kiddie Table - it was all in good fun - and to show everyone that Helen Lawson is still on TOP!
Doug Sirk was a tight-ass faggot anyway.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 100||09/01/2015|
Lora Meredith...what a drip. She can't even get the fags to care enough to want to kill her!
|by Annie Johnson||reply 101||09/01/2015|
I love this roiling of the eldergay collective unconscious
|by Annie Johnson||reply 102||09/01/2015|
Rumor has it that Lora Meredith went to Italy to get an abortion - and I'm not talking about that horrendous Felucci film either.
Of course that rumor was started by the post-menopausal Lora Meredith herself and repeated by her own publicist ad nauseum. I met her once at a luncheon at Helen Lawson house in Beverly Hills. She looked fine from a distance but up close, she was a big ol' ashtray full of ego.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 103||09/02/2015|
Her daughter Susie was a big hot mess too. But what do you expect when you leave your child to be raised by a Colored woman and her Mulatto daughter (who I heard became a Stripper).
|by Annie Johnson||reply 104||09/02/2015|
She should have gotten that nice Jeanne Crain from "Pinky" to raise her daughter. I always told George how nice looking she was for a High Yellow Gal.
Oh dear, the Coloreds require a lot of supervising - which is why George I use mostly Mexicans and few underage Russian girls these days.
|by Annie Johnson||reply 105||09/02/2015|