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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Friends of the Famous - L

A stand-out by all accounts, Juliette Lewis owns her fame in every frame with original edgy style and smoky-voiced finesse, starring in such films as Cape Fear with Robert De Niro and the controversial Natural Born Killers with Woody Hareleson, both of which earned high acting acclaim for Lewis, who also played the sardonic daughter of Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Having worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry and amassed an extended list of Showtime, HBO, TV and Film credentials, Lewis took a five year hiatus to pursue her musical inclinations, producing two albums and completing a globe-hopping tour with the band she leads called ‘Juliette and the Licks’.  When recognized by Bob Dylan in an elevator once, Lewis says she “almost couldn’t breathe!”  And after having a pony as a child, with which she competed in barrel racing, she now enjoys quiet walks with her dog because “people should really leave their homes without electronic devices more often.”

Aviator Charles Lindbergh was the first person to make a solo transatlantic flight in his plane, Spirit of St. Louis in 1927 and he and his wife (and co-pilot) Anne Morrow then went on to charter future commercial flights around the world while enjoying a privacy afforded in the sky that was scarcely found on the ground, due to his popularity.  It is believed his popularity was behind the tragedy of the couple’s first child being kidnapped at 20 months of age; and though ransom was paid, the child was later found dead in the woods near their home.  It is said that dogs are a most extraordinary solace in times of grief or strife and perhaps it was that factor that allowed the family to continue to grow and prosper. Lindbergh died of cancer at his home on Maui in 1974 and Anne continued writing; having become an accomplished author.

Little Timmy’s best ever friend Lassie was the star of the TV series by the same name for over two decades, though as years went by, the role of the heroic dog was played by descendants of the original Lassie; who was actually named Pal.

In addition to two goats, a turkey, and a few rabbits, President Abe Lincoln had two cats; one of whom Lincoln was quoted as declaring “smarter than my entire cabinet”
“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seems to be kittens” ~ Abe Lincoln

Do you take electronic devices on walks? Have you read any books by Anne Morrow Lindbergh? Are you a cat or a dog person?


  1. No, I take my dog, Bella, on walks. Or rather we head out together both unleashed to anything but the sky. Poor Lindberghs, that story always saddens me.
    I used to be a cat and dog person but now only dogs. Our last cat was so mean that my fella and I are scarred for life.

  2. No, I take my dog, Bella, on walks. Or rather we head out together both unleashed to anything but the sky. Poor Lindberghs, that story always saddens me.
    I used to be a cat and dog person but now only dogs. Our last cat was so mean that my fella and I are scarred for life.

    1. Hi Jan!
      'both unleashed to anything..." I like that.
      Sounds like your last cat was not a people person and therefore ruined what could have been a comfortable life with you. What a shame, but I imagine Bella is enjoying her life immensely;-)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi, dear Diedre!

    Juliette Lewis is one of my favorite actresses. She is not afraid to "go deep" as she proved in her role as the daughter in Cape Fear. I agree with her that we should all take a break from these dang devices of ours and re-experience the simple pleasures of life outdoors was many of us did in the mid 20th century. I agree that our dogs bring us out of our misery and grief and give us reason to laugh and to carry on with our lives. As I told Michele on Angels Bark, I watched the Lassie TV series from the beginning in 1954 when it was called Jeff's Collie and had a different cast. It's funny how we, as viewers of that long running series with a dog as its main character, never stopped to wonder why Lassie never grew old and figured out that the role was played by several different canines over the years.

    For daily exercise, weather permitting, I take a 30 minute walk every evening. I carry my phone to check the time to make sure I continue moving briskly the entire 30 minutes. In recent years I have come to appreciate cats more than before, but dogs consistently give me more of what I want and need from a pet - attentiveness, playfulness and affection.

    Thank you, dear friend Diedre!

    1. Hi there, Shady!

      I vaguely recall one episode where Lassie showed signs of growing old, meanwhile Timmy grew up right in front of the cameras:-) I was glad to find they'd used Lassie's descendants throughout the series.

      I've always found Juliette Lewis to be a fascinating example of a human firework display; you never know if you'll be awed or terrified:-) Did you know she's the daughter of the late Geoffrey Lewis who appeared in many Clint Eastwood films?

      I take my phone on walks with me as well. Though mostly in case I run into trouble with wild animals or can't make it up some of the steep hills around here - ha -which thankfully, hasn't happened;-) Lately, I've really been missing my walks.

      I'll probably always prefer cats because they were the first animal ever introduced as litters of Siamese were being bred and raised (if not sold) alongside me.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you, my friend:-)

  4. You have to do what you love, but I think it's kinda stupid for Juliette Lewis to take a break from her one biggest accomplishment to do something else entirely. I guess if she enjoyed it, though...

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      You're not the only one, Juliette raised the eyebrows of many critics with that erratic move. I would not have done it, but her fans and Hollywood may welcome her back just the same.

      Glad you came by!

  5. Your header says the letter for today is... M???

    The Lindburg story always intrigued me. The dumb thing is, the kidnapper was caught, convicted and sentenced to death within four years. Was it even worth it?

    According to my mother, I used to cry whenever Lassie was over.

    1. Ack! Good eye, Jeffrey - clearly this snail is too often shot from a cannon.

      I always admired Lindbergh for his aviation achievements and lamented that a monster caused he and his wife such pain.

      Aw, how sweet that you didn't want the show to end. I felt that way about a few shows. Usually the ending signaled it was time to go do homework or chores or something;-)

      Have a great evening!

  6. I'm a Juliette Lewis fan and admire her for following her muse. That said. she probably made enough money from acting to take several years off, unlike most of us. Dogs are such a great comfort in times of stress and tragedy.

    1. Hi Debbie!
      You know, I've also wondered why it would be such a terrible thing for folks - like Juliette - to take some time off. If you're good at what you do, what can it hurt?
      Dogs so often are perfect furry shoulders without being asked;-)
      Have a fabulous Friday!


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