Leonard Lopate - Tributes
Tribute: Wes Craven08/31/15
Wes Craven earned a master's degree in philosophy and writing at John Hopkins University and began a career in teaching. But Craven was drawn to film, and left his short career in teaching to pursue film. He directed his first feature film, The Last...
Tribute: Julian Bond
Many people consider themselves disciples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but only a small group had the privilege of studying with him. Julian Bond was one of 8 students in a class co-taught by Dr. King at Morehouse College. The subject of the course...
Tribute: Frank Gifford
Frank Giffordwas born the son of an oil-field worker during the Great Depression. By the time he was in high school, the family had moved 47 times. Gifford played for the New York Giants for his entire NFL career. In 1960, his playing days nearly...
Tribute: Theodore Bikel
Before he was cast in “The Defiant Ones,” with Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis – a role for which he would be nominated for an Academy Award, the Austrian-born Theodore Bikel told director Stanley Kramer that he was neither an American, nor Southern....
Tribute: Marlene Sanders
Marlene Sanders was a woman of many “firsts” – the first network newswoman to report from Vietnam, the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast in 1964, and the first woman to become a vice president at ABC News. As Bill Moyers noted recently,...
Tribute: Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif had the charisma and deftness to defy ethnic typecasting with his iconic roles in films like “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago,” and “Funny Girl.” Barbra Streisand remembered her costar by stating: “Omar was my first leading man in the...
Tribute: Patrick Macnee
No matter what other things he did in his life, Patrick Macnee will forever be known (and appreciated!) for his deliciously suave role as the mysterious, umbrella-wielding secret agent John Steed in the British television series, “The Avengers.” He...
Tribute: James Salter
James Wolcott described James Salter in Vanity Fair as America’s most “underrated underrated writer.” A stylist of great economy, he developed a devoted fan base for his slender novels and short stories. Reviewer Michael Dirda noted that “he can, when...
Tribute: Gunther Schuller
Composer, conductor, educator, and French horn prodigy Gunther Schullertold The Guardian in 2010, "The thing that may make me unique is that I have simultaneously had seven full-time careers in music over the last 50 or 60 years. That's more than...
Tribute: Christopher Lee
It’s safe to say that we lost our most prolific movie actor of all time last week! Sir Christopher Lee had already been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most screen credits back in 2007. But then he appeared in 34 other...
Tribute: Michael Blake
Michael Blake spent several years living out of his car, and on friends' couches while writing a novel that was fairly unsuccessful, until it became a film starring his friend Kevin Costner. Ultimately, "Dances with Wolves" sold 3.5 million copies,...
Tribute: Ruth Rendell
The world of carefully plotted mystery novels has lost another key practitioner of the genre: Baroness Rendell of Babergh, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell. Though 85, she had had no plans of retiring, as she stated in 2013, “I couldn’t do that. I’ll...
Tribute: Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg calledhimselfa guerrilla satirist."Advertising Age called him the father of the funny commercial.He died at 88, and you can hear his interview from June of 1989.
Tribute: Cynthia Lennon
Cynthia Powell met John Lennon when they were art students, and he was a struggling musician.She died at the age of 75. You can hear her interview with Leonard from December of 2005.
Tribute: Albert Maysles
Filmmaker Albert Maysles, with his brother David, helped change documentary film over the course of his long career.
Tribute: Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic role of the cold and calculating officer Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," died today at the age of 83. Listen to our 2002 interview with Nimoy here.
Tribute: Philip Levine
Philip Levine's poetry celebrated grease monkeys, firefighters, and milkmen. Levinewas appointed U.S. Poet Laureate for 20112012. He died at 87. He spoke to Leonard in 1991.
Tribute: Dean Smith
Dean Smith is a coaching legend, coaching for 36 years at UNCChapel Hill.He died at the age of 83. And you can enjoy Leonards interview with him here
Tribute: Lesley Gore
Lesley Gore became a pop music star for herhits: "Its My Party and Judys Turn To Cry. She passed awayon February 16, 2015. Listen to her 2005 interview on the show.
David Carr, Investigating His Own Life
NYTimes media columnist David Carr died Thursday at the age of 58. He covered the media industry for 25 years, but in this interview, which first aired in 2008, he told us his own story.
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