Interview Treats

Many of you may already be familiar with these, but for those of you who are not, I am happy to introduce you to the Archive of American Television*. They offer a variety of in depth interviews with legendary faces behind and in front of the camera back in the earlier days of television. If you ask me about my dream job, this would be it: initiating serious, easeful conversations with the people who created my favorite screen memories.

Below you can find a selection of my favorite interviews, but there are many more for you to enjoy. If you’re like me, you’ll end up spending an entire weekend exploring the archive and listening to your favorite people. Just grab a cup of tea, some cookies and a blanket, then cuddle up on the couch with your laptop nearby and embrace the stories and memories of your childhood heroes. It’s a real treat!

Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Bea Arthur, Tom Bosley, Carol Burnett, Tyne Daly, James Garner, Sharon Gless, Katherine Helmond, Shirley Jones, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Rue McClanahan, Mary Tyler Moore, Diana Muldaur, Phylicia Rashad, Della Reese, Marion Ross, Jean Stapleton, Gale Storm, Loretta Swit, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Jane Wyman and many others…

* The Archive of American Television is also on Youtube. You can find their TV Legends channel here.

2 thoughts on “Interview Treats

  1. Could never figure out why Barbara Hale, your fav and one of mine, hasn’t/wouldn’t give an interview for the Academy archives. It’s especially sad since she’s the only living actor left of the Perry Mason regulars. This is history and should we lose her, well, that’s it. Like you, I have watched several interviews and have found them to offer unique insights into all kinds of things–how a show is put together, how the creative process works, how important are crews, problems incurred, and of course, the most intriguing, how our “stars” as themselves compare to the characters for which we know them.

    I think I read that Barbara has been approached several times and encouraged by fans, but it never seems to have happened. It seems odd. She did appear on the 50th anniversary DVD, and as I understand that, she had to be cajoled to do it, but she did a fine job. I don’t see why such a social and garrulous person would mind an hour or two of time for this.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Ali. I’m always happy to hear from fellow film and TV enthusiasts and, in your case, also a fellow fan of Barbara Hale. 🙂
      Why she hasn’t been interviewed by the Archive so far I don’t know, but I would absolutely love to see and hear her stories about her versatile career. The Perry Mason anniversary interviews and commentary (like you said) were a lot of fun, but I’ve always had the impression Barbara Hale has felt more comfortable talking about others than about herself. Maybe that’s the reason behind her reluctance (if she has actually been approached) or maybe it’s all just a matter of unfortunate timing / planning.

      It always amazes me how much patience, resilience and time you have to invest to get anything done in the film and media business. So, who knows, our desired interview may already be in the preparatory phase.

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