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Rex Rex

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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We here at AVENUE have been so saddened to report on the deaths of many of our old friends recently—Ann Slater, Aileen Mehle and Kenneth Jay Lane in the past year alone—that it’s nice to be able to say that one of an august era of society stars is still with us. It’s why we were so pleased to see a profile in today’s copy of the New York Times about friend of the magazine Rex Reed. Though not quite the film authority he once was, Reed, 79, casts a long shadow when it comes to the promotion of film criticism, from his hosting of At the Movies to his appearances on The Gong Show. As the Times’ Alex Williams described him, Reed was an old soul even in his day, one who in the New Hollywood era of Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen felt more at home discussing George Cukor and Judy Garland. Williams recounts an appearance on the Dick Cavett Show from 1969:



“June Preisser used to wear argyle socks in all the MGM musicals when she would swing right into Mickey Rooney’s arms,” Mr. Reed said on the show.


“Oh, you’re older than I am,” Mr. Cavett joked.


“I think I’m older than everybody,” Mr. Reed said with a sigh. He was 30.


 


That’s a mindset that we at AVENUE who cherish can understand. Though Reed lives the life of a bachelor, he remains in good humor about it. “I think it’s all over as far as that goes,” he told the Times. “How do you go start looking for a wife or a boyfriend or a significant other? It’s too late. It would be nice, though, to find somebody who’s really handy with a wheelchair, because that day is coming.”


Rex, we’d be more than willing to help push that chair!


 





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