“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing Parade Claims a Brit…

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Peter   British playwright Peter Shaffer was an award-winner, with stage and cinematic hits that included Equus and Amadeus. He won a combined six Tony Awards for both productions. Amadeus took home an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1984. He also received the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. For much of his career, Shaffer achieved the often-elusive goal of combining commercial and critical success by penning thoughtful, cleverly crafted plays that became box-office hits in London and in New York.                                                     PETER SHAFFER

   Peter’s first play, The Salt Land, was presented on the BBC. Shaffer made his London and New York stage debut in 1958 with the simmering domestic drama, Five Finger Exercise, directed by John Gielgud. It garnered incredible reviews, and secured his reputation as a playwright. He had a huge hit in 1964 with The Royal Hunt of the Sun that was staged by Britain’s newly founded National Theatre. In 1965, the company staged his farce Black Comedy, which starred Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi. Shaffer went on to write many of his plays for the National, from where they often moved on to commercial West End runs and Broadway.

   Dame Maggie became a favorite in collaboration. Shaffer wrote Lettice and Lovage for the diva in 1986, for which he was nominated for another Tony Award. She won the statuette in 1990 for Best Actress on her forth nod.

   His twin brother also became a successful playwright, and scored with the thriller, Sleuth. Peter received the prestigious William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre in 1992. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001; and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.

   Peter Shaffer was 90.


TheresaSaldana   Theresa Saldana was an actress, who was best known for her co-starring performance in Raging Bull; and her Golden Globe-nominated role in The Commish. She was a regular on television, with appearances in T. J. Hooker, MatlockCagney & Lacey, Simon & Simon, HunterFalcon Crest, Diagnosis: Murder, Law & Order, MacGyver; and in the daytime soap operas, Santa Barbara and All My Children.   THERESA SALDANA –>

   She was also known for raising public awareness of the crime of stalking, after surviving a murder attempt by an obsessed fan in 1982. Saldana founded the Victims for Victims organization, and participated in lobbying for the 1990 anti-stalking law and the 1994 Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, both of which came into being partly as a consequence of the attack. The experience also inspired Saldana to play herself in the television movie Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story, and she authored the book Beyond Survival, a memoir of her experiences after being attacked.

   Theresa Saldana was 61.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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