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Guess Who Came to Dinner On Demand
by Betty Jo Tucker

From February 19 through February 25, Movie Addict Headquarters presents a discussion of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the 1967 film about parents whose attitudes about race are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black. Actress Katharine Houghton, star Katharine Hepburn’s niece, talks about her experience as a key cast member in this groundbreaking motion picture -- and film critic Mack Bates shares his picks for the best movies about the African American experience. Film historian James Colt Harrison co-hosts.  

Listeners can hear this vintage episode at any time by clicking on the BlogTalkRadio at the end of this article.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner received 11 Oscar nominations and won two of them -- Best Picture and Best Actress. It also made a profound impact on the marketing of feature films in southern states. The film starred Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton.

Houghton has appeared in other films including Kinsey, Ethan Frome, The Last Airbender, and Billy Bathgate. She is also a successful playwright, popular lecturer, and award-winning stage actress who made her Broadway debut in 1965 in Ruth Gordon’s A Very Rich Woman and won an Obie Award in 1969 for her performance in Scent of Flowers. In addition, she has played roles in over 50 regional theater productions. Her latest stage role was Amanda in The Pretty Trap, a comedy version of The Glass Menagerie. She is also a successful playwright, popular lecturer, and award-winning stage actress who made her Broadway debut in 1965 in Ruth Gordon’s A Very Rich Woman and won an Obie Award in 1969 for her performance in Scent of Flowers. In addition, she has played roles in over 50 regional theater productions, including The Pretty Trap, a comedy version of The Glass Menagerie

Bates has written freelance articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and serves as a staff blogger for Milwaukee Magazine’s official film blog. He also received an Emmy for his work on the The Robert and Rosie Show.  

Co-host James Colt Harrison, a film historian, served as the premier film critic for the La Jolla Village News and has contributed film commentary to such outlets as Rage Monthly, Classic Movie Guide, No Cover Music Magazine, Review Express, San Diego Metro Weekly, and ReelTalk Movie Reviews.   

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker

PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

LINK TO LISTEN: Click here.  


                                                                                                                                                                               
 
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