In Memoriam 2013
Karen Black is represented by her Oscar®-nominated performance in Five Easy Pieces (1970), in which she touchingly plays Jack Nicholson's waitress girlfriend. Eileen Brennan shows her gift for parody in Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective (1978), in which she portrays a chanteuse called Betty DeBoop and delivers a sly version of "La vie en rose." Deanna Durbin, the golden-throated songbird who saved Universal Studios from financial ruin, stars in the TCM premiere of the musical It Started with Eve (1941), costarring Charles Laughton and featuring Durbin's lovely soprano on "When I Sing" and "Goin' Home." Annette Funicello, queen of teen beach movies, has one of her best outings in Bikini Beach (1964), in which she sings "This Time It's Love." The superlative stage actress Julie Harris also shined in films, notably in a luminous performance in East of Eden (1955), playing Abra to James Dean's Cal. John Kerr, repeating his role from Broadway, gives a sensitive performance opposite the unrelated Deborah Kerr in the film version of Robert Anderson's play Tea and Sympathy (1956). And Jonathan Winters has some of his best big-screen moments in a double role in the black comedy The Loved One (1965), playing brothers who run cemeteries--one for humans and one for pets.