Life Is A Banquet - The Rosalind Russell Story

The star of Auntie Name, His Girl Friday, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood's Golden Era and was paired with many of the luminaries of that time. Narrated by Kathleen Turner.
Jonathan Gruber
Kathleen Turner
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Washington DCReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
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How can Amazon offer a bio of Miss Russell and reference "Auntie Name" [instead of Mame]?
Perhaps somewhere there is film of Miss Russell on her 'bio tour.' She toured in person with reflections on her life, her craft, her films. (I remember her appearance in Washington, D.C.) She deserves to be remembered and honored and her work enjoyed. This film could have been better.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsCLASSIC HOLLYWOOD~an actress who lived and embodied a whole woman of worth and quality for all time
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As an artist i know the struggle to do art and survive in our society as I do it. Most can't survive doing just their art. Rosalind Russell brought her integrity and talent to create a persona and establish her identity as a professional woman of her time into focus that had a balance of stardom and just being a woman. She was extremely talented, but her humanity sings through genuine performances and reigns true thru her personal life. She didn't struggle to find balance between these two worlds because of her genuine spirit to be. She is a true example of a woman balancing a life of business glamour, doing her art and have a successful, loving family while still having the where-with-all to help others in need and foster causes that she believed in. I would've loved to have learned even more of her story.
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KittyReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsRosalind Russell
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I didn't know who Rosalind Russell is but I remember I saw her 2 movies, Auntie Mame and The Women, on TV cable. Rosalind was so funny in those movies. So is another movie, Gypsy, too. Wow, Rosalind had a successful marriage life with her husband, Fred, longer. I am impressed. I like her.
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Napauli PaulReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsRosalind Russell is Auntie Mame
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Rosalind Russell personified "Life Is A Banquet" so strongly that it has had a life-long influence on my life. With the recent restoration of the 1958 Warner Brothers film classic, her performance will remain available to entertain and inspire generations to come.
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Blue DragonflyReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsA really wonderful person as well as a great star
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It was such a treat to watch a very positive biography about a great star of stage and screen who was also a wonderful wife, mother and philanthropist. I remember watching her in "Auntie Mame" as a child and wishing she was my mom. This was a beautiful tribute to her. Very well done and heartwarming. What a truly great lady!
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Old Enough to Know!Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsA Wonderful Romp Through Time
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Rosalind was an exceptional person far beyond her movie roles and Hollywood. Just an amazing lady.
The only beef I had was they said she was the first actress to act in strong - and manly - parts. I believe Katharine Hepburn takes that title. Otherwise a lot of fun to watch and a great documentary.
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Brooklyn BardReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2014
3.0 out of 5 starsA different choice of narrator would have been better.
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I love Rosalind Russell, her energy, soul, wit and compassion, not to mention her inward and outward beauty. But every time Kathleen Turner's raspy, grating voiceover distracted me, I found it jarring and intrusive. I imagine a velvet voice narration by the likes of a Peter Graves type was no longer available. Too bad A&E Biography never did an in-depth study of Ms. Russell. Obviously, she deserved it. Her close friends (Cary Grant etc.) are no longer around to be interviewed either. I wish Sandra Bullock had narrated it, as she has a similar style of warmth and class.
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WillowwindReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2013
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat star among many!
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I would like to see more even her life made into a film. This fine documentary reflects the life of a hard-working woman who was ahead of her times. She asserted the rights of women unannounced and with such class from the snappy Hildy in "His Girl Friday" to the woman past her prime and desperate for love in "Picnic." and on and on; because her real life was a struggle against almost impossible odds in a Hollywood where men moguls ruled the day. She finished up strong in her struggles with serious illnesses (before better treatments) yet left us all too soon.
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