On December 29, 2013, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay a special tribute to Hollywood's late legendary actor Peter O'Toole and lovely leading lady Joan Fontaine.
Peter O'Toole died at the age of eighty one on December 14, 2013, at the Wellington Hospital in London. He was allegedly being treated there for long-standing sickness. He rose to celebrity status in 1962 after starring in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia." He was nominated 8-time for Academy Awards for the following films:
In 1962; "Lawrence of Arabia"
In 1964; "Becket"
In 1968; "The Lion in Winter"
In 1969; "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
In 1972; "The Ruling Class"
In 1980; "The Stunt Man"
In 1982; "My Favorite Year"
In 2006; "Venus"
Disappointingly he did not win any. However in 2003, he was honoured with an honorary academy award.
Joan Fontaine died on December 15, 2013, at the age of 96 in Carmel, Calif while she was sleeping. She had won an Oscar for her role as Lina in "Suspicion" released in 1941 which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. TCM's tribute are films that star Fontaine. The following seven unforgettable films will be aired:
At 6:30 a.m.; "Blonde Cheat"
At 7:45 a.m.; "The Women"
At 10:15 a.m.; "Born to Be Bad"
At 12 p.m.; "Ivanhoe"
At 2 p.m.; "The Constant Nymph"
At 4 p.m.; "Suspicion" the film that has given her celebrity status
At 5:45 p.m.; Hitchcock's "Rebecca"
Fontaine's other impressive films include "Jane Eyre" and "Othello" among more than 30 movies she appeared in.
"You know, I've had a helluva life. Not just the acting part. I've flown in an international balloon race. I've piloted my own plane. I've ridden to the hounds. I've done a lot of exciting things," said Fontaine once about her life.
Then the tribute to late O'Toole will start including three memorable films and a special coverage from TCM Classic Films Festival 2011.
At 8p.m.; "Lawrence of Arabia"
At midnight; "Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival"
At1 a.m.; "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
At3 a.m.; "My Favorite Year"
O'Toole's other memorable movies include "Becket" "The Lion in Winter" "The Ruling Class" and "The Stunt Man".
"Acting is just being a man. Being human. Not forcing it. Some make it their entire life. Big mistake. Laurence Olivier fell into that category. He was a tiny, strange, vain f---er," stated O'Toole about acting.