The legendary film critic and columnist for the New York Observer, Rex Reed, is also an entertaining raconteur. He proved his storytelling skills on Sunday, January 29th, at Fairfield University’s Quick Center, as part of their Open VISIONS Forum program.
For Reed, name dropping is a talent and a necessity. Every tale he told was stuffed with famous people from Hollywood, stage and screen. His first girlfriend was Elizabeth Ashley and he’s best buds with Angela Lansbury. He’s danced with Fred Astaire and been insulted by Frank Sinatra.
He’s broken bread with Greta Garbo, Mae West and Carole Channing and scores of others. How many people can boast that they’ve sung with Judy Garland, acted with Laurence Olivier and smoked pot with Jane Fonda? If you ever meet the great man himself, ask him why Marlena Dietrich had a drawer full of pocket knives or how Reed’s life was saved by a lemon meringue pie?
Gene Shalit has advised Reed to put all these star stories in a book. If he ever does, I’ll be the first one in line at the book signing.