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Douglas Kirkland Photo Exhibition: 'The Sound of Music' Reunion + Jacqueline Bisset & Michael York

Brigitte Bardot
Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge
Brigitte Bardot (top); Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! (bottom)

The photo exhibition “Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland,” opens today in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

“Freeze Frame” features more than 125 color and black-and-white images of old and new motion picture celebrities, including Anne Bancroft, Antonio Banderas, Brigitte Bardot, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Salma Hayek, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Kline, Sophia Loren, and Baz Luhrmann.

Peter Sellers, Britt EklandAlso, Shirley MacLaine, Ewan McGregor, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Susan Sarandon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Sellers (right, as a paparazzi going after Britt Ekland), Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Donald Sutherland, John Wayne, Owen Wilson, Kate Winslet, and Renée Zellweger.

According to the Academy's press release, the Toronto-born (in 1934) Douglas Kirkland “spent much of his early professional life working in New York before relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. At the age 24 he landed a staff position at Look Magazine, where he worked primarily on fashion assignments. It was on his way back from one of those assignments that he was asked to accompany a writer going to interview Elizabeth Taylor, even though the actress had already refused to be photographed. Kirkland managed to convince Taylor to become his first celebrity subject, and his career swiftly moved in a new direction.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet in Titanic

Additionally, Kirkland has worked as a photographer on the sets of more than 100 motion pictures, including The Sound of Music, Out of Africa, and Titanic (above, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet).

“Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland” will be on display through Sunday, April 20. The Academy's galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. For more information call (310) 247-3600.

Photos: © A.M.P.A.S.

Heather Menzies Douglas Kirkland Charmian Carr Kym Karath Angela Cartwright

Heather Menzies, Charmian Carr, Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright (above), four of the von Trapp children from The Sound of Music, were some of the film celebrities who showed up at the opening reception for the Douglas Kirkland photo exhibition “Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Beverly Hills headquarters this past Thursday.

Also in attendance were cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and actors Michael York and Jacqueline Bisset.

Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Douglas Kirkland Jacqueline Bisset
Douglas Kirkland, Jacqueline Bisset

Douglas Kirkland Haskell Wexler
Douglas Kirkland, Haskell Wexler

Douglas Kirkland Pat York Michael York
Douglas Kirkland, Pat York, Michael York


Douglas Kirkland Charmian Carr

Meet the Oscars: Gary Cooper & Judy Garland Golden Statuettes

Gary Cooper Sergeant York Howard HawksJan. 31 update: The exhibition “Meet the Oscars, New York” will display 50 new Oscar statuettes, two inscribed Academy Awards, and one Oscar for the public to hold. The East Coast version of “Meet the Oscars” will take place at the Times Square Studios in New York City from Friday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 23. The exhibition will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The Oscar won by Gary Cooper for his performance as the title character in Sergeant York (1941, right) will be on display alongside Thelma Schoonmaker's Academy Award for Film Editing for The Departed (2006).

Cooper and Schoonmaker each have won three Academy Awards.

Gary Cooper won his second Oscar for the 1952 Western High Noon and a 1960 Honorary Award “for his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry.” Cooper, suffering from terminal cancer, was unable to attend the ceremony. James Stewart accepted the statuette on his behalf.

All of Schoonmaker's Oscars have come for editing Best Picture contenders directed by Martin Scorsese. Her two other wins were for Raging Bull (1980) and The Aviator (2004).

The 50 new statuettes featured in the exhibition will be presented to winners at a future Academy Awards ceremony. (The statuettes on display in “Meet the Oscars, Los Angeles” (see further below) from February 1 through 23 will be presented at the 2008 Academy Awards telecast.)

Each Oscar weighs 8½ pounds and stands 13½ inches tall. Handmade annually by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, the statuettes are made of britannia, a metal alloy, and are plated in copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold.

In one format or another (thanks to the WGA strike), the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in the congested heart of Hollywood.

Original Meet the Oscars 2008

Jan. 18: The fifty Oscar statuettes to be presented at the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony next February 24 – the one above is not one of them – will be on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Meet the Oscars” exhibition beginning Friday, February 1. The exhibition will be located on the fourth level of the Hollywood & Highland Center – in Hollywood, where else? – through Saturday, February 23. Admission is free.

Visitors will be given the chance of holding an actual Oscar statuette while pretending they are Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz (neither of whom has ever won an Academy Award). The exhibition will also feature interactive Oscar trivia kiosks, the Honorary Award that will be presented to production designer Robert F. Boyle, and samples of Boyle's work.

In addition, the exhibit will display the miniature Oscar given to Judy Garland for her “outstanding performance as a screen juvenile” in 1939, the year she appeared in The Wizard of Oz (and in Babes in Arms), and two statuettes presented at the first Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in May 1929, to director Frank Borzage and screenwriter Benjamin Glazer for their work on 7th Heaven.

As per the Academy's press release, “the Oscar statuette weighs 8 ½ pounds and stands 13 ½ inches tall. Manufactured by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, it is made of britannia, a metal alloy, and is plated in copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold.”

“Meet the Oscars” will be open Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the exhibition will close at 5 p.m.

Additionally, a “Meet the Oscars, New York” exhibition will open on February 14 at the Times Square Studios.


         
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4 Comments to Douglas Kirkland Photo Exhibition: 'The Sound of Music' Reunion + Jacqueline Bisset & Michael York

  1. carlos

    I' like so much

  2. Louis A. Pisani

    yo soy muy enamorado della signorina Bisset que es una nota mujer noble gracias Louis A Pisani medico, farmacista

  3. ellen

    They should inivte the public to the Oscar luncheon they have every year.

  4. salette

    They should have a Meet the Oscar Winners program. We could then talk to people like Susan Sarandon or Charlize Theron.