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Renowned Stage and Screen Actor Eli Wallach Dies at 98

first_img Wallach appeared on the Broadway stage in a total of 26 productions; he starred opposite his wife in half of those, Anne Jackson. The two met in 1946 while working on a production of This Property is Condemned at the Equity Library Theater. They went on to become part of the first group of artists to study at The Actors Studio and were wed in 1948. Among their many costarring credits on stage are The Flowering Peach, Promenade, All! Rhinoceros, Major Barbara and, most recently, King Henry VIII. Prolific stage and screen actor Eli Wallach died on Tuesday, June 24. The Tony and Honorary Academy Award winner was 98. His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his daughter, Katherine. In addition to Jackson and his daughter Katherine, Wallach is survived by his daughter Roberta and son Peter. Wallach also had a successful career on screen, though he always credited the stage as his true home. In an interview with The New York Times in 1973, the actor said, “Movies are a means to an end. I go and get on a horse in Spain for ten weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play.” While he is perhaps most known for his performance in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Godfather: Part III, he also starred in numerous films alongside Jackson, including The Typists, The Tiger Makes Out and The Angel Levine. View Comments Born on December 7, 1915 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Wallach studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse following receiving a master’s degree in education at City College, until enlisting in the army during World War II. He served for five years, rising to captain. Even while serving, his theatrical talent was noticed—a senior officer asked him to create a show for hospital patients based on Irving Berlin’s This Is the Army, titled Is This the Army?. Wallach received a Tony Award in 1951 for his performance in The Rose Tattoo. While he was never nominated for an Oscar, he was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2011 for “a lifetime’s worth of indelible screen characters.” He also took home an Emmy Award in 1967 for Poppies Are Also Flowers, and received four nominations thereafter.last_img read more

Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more