End Credits #20: Cinema's 2014 Lost Treasures Joan Lorring, Martha Hyer, Ruby Dee, Eli Wallach / Capturing a Golden Moment #9: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
These are some of Cinema's sad departures of 2014 taken from my personal notes soon after the tragic events took place:
Joan Lorring (April 17, 1926 - May 30, 2014), the radiant actress who stole scenes from Bette Davis in 1945's The Corn is Green and received an Oscar nomination for her performance, has died at age 88. Her engaging charm was also seen in Three Strangers, The Verdict (both 1946) and The Gangster (1947), all excellent motion pictures. She additionally made television and stage appearances. Her final film role was in 1974's The Midnight Man.
Martha Hyer (August 10, 1924 - May 31, 2014) an Oscar nominated actress for her impressive performance opposite Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running has died at age 89. She played the stunning socialite Elizabeth Tyson in Sabrina, and also gave accomplished performances in The Sons of Katie Elder, The Chase and The Carpetbaggers. She made quite a few excellent noir films such as The Locket, Born To Kill, The Clay Pigeon, The Lawless, Down Three Dark Streets and Cry Vengeance in that order.
Ruby Dee (October 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014) Oscar nominated actress (for 2007's American Gangster) has died at age 91. Early in her career she gave inspired performances in The Jackie Robinson Story, The Tall Target, Edge of the City, and Raisin in the Sun, the last two with Sidney Poitier. She was married to Ossie Davis (who died in 2005) and appeared with him in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.
Eli Wallach (December 7, 1915 - June 24, 2014) Academy Award Honorary Oscar Winning actor extraordinaire has died at age 98. He really played up his characters but always in a bold and creative fashion and worked alongside many of the big names like Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino and Clark Gable. Eli was especially memorable as Tuco in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and in one of his early starring roles as Dancer in Don Siegel's terrific noir film, 1958's The Lineup (pictured).
In honour of actor Eli Wallach here is a Golden Moment to share:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Director: Sergio Leone
Scene: "Tuco Takes a Bath"
Like Golden Moment #8, our central character gets himself out of a jam, but this time he's prepared for it! Inspired creativity from Leone and his fellow writers and as always, brilliantly performed by Mr. Wallach.