Recent Talks: That’s Entertainment
No individual changed American popular culture more than Walt Disney. But that is just scratching the surface of his overwhelming contributions to America. He revolutionized the way we spend our free time, revolutionized the way movies are marketed, revolutionized the teaching of history, our view of the environment, our faith in technology and the way we think about art. He was a complex man whose life story is as fascinating as his impact on the world. We will look at both the private man and the public accomplishments of one of the most influential Americans of all time.
In 1963, 50 years ago this month, Julia Child became the 1st superstar chef on TV. Her program was so influential, that the Smithsonian Institute features her kitchen, intact, as a permanent exhibit! There was another side to Julia Child – one that the public knew little about. In 1943, twenty years earlier, during World War II she worked in the OSS, which was to become the CIA. She worked at the right hand of “Wild Bill” Donovan, the head of America’s foreign spies! With her husband, Julia Child moved from one dangerous post to another, serving our country before she learned how to cook.
Robin Williams was one of the funniest comedians of all time. His improvisational skills were almost other-worldly! Yet behind the comic persona lay a complex man- intensely charitable and compassionate, but plagued by insecurity, battling addictions and vulnerable to depression. In this multi-media presentation, we will examine the fascinating life and sad death of Robin Williams – and watch as his amazing career took shape!