Michael Birdwell interview with Cass Warner

Michael Birdwell

Michael Birdwell is a cultural historian and author, focusing on film history, World War I and its impact on art, music, literature, and architecture. He wrote “Celluloid Soldiers: The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism.”

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Johanna Blakley interview with Cass Warner

Johanna Blakley

Johanna Blakley is the managing director at the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society.

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Eddie Bockser interviewed by Cass Warner

Eddie Bockser

Eddie Bockser is a long time employee of Warner Brothers, who has worked on the lot for over 60 years. He’s currently a docent or guide at the Warner Bros. museum on the lot. He began his career in the mailroom.

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Leo Braudy interviewed by Cass Warner

Leo Braudy

Leo Braudy is a leading cultural historian, teacher and film critic who currently serves as a University Professor at the University of Southern California. He teaches Restoration literature and history, American culture after World War II, popular culture and critical theory, including the histories of visual style and film genres.

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Angie Dickinson interview with Cass Warner

Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson is a Golden Globe and three-time Emmy award-winning actress. She got her first breakout role in a Warner Bros. film entitled LUCKY ME where she starred alongside Doris Day and Bob Cummings. She went on to have a career as a leading lady.

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Roy Disney Jr. interviewed by Cass Warner

Roy Disney Jr.

Roy Disney Jr. was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father, Roy Oliver Disney, and his uncle Walt Disney founded.

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Stephen Farber interviewed by Cass Warner

Stephen Farber

Stephen Farber is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, one of the country’s pre-eminent critics’ organizations. Farber has written reviews and articles on film for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, The Daily Beast, and many other national publications.

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Nathan Gardels interviewed by Cass Warner

Nathan Gardels

Nathan Gardels is a journalist and the editor-in-chief of The WorldPost. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, etc.

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. interviewed by Cass Warner

Samuel Goldwyn Jr

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. is a producer of many memorable independent films such as MYSTIC PIZZA and studio film, MASTER AND COMMANDER. He’s also the son of legendary film mogul, Samuel Goldwyn who was the executive of several major Hollywood studios.

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Lee Guttman interviewed by Cass Warner

Lee Guttman

Lee Guttman was a legendary animation artist, known for crafting the looks of some of America’s most iconic characters on the show CHARLIE BROWN.

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Cole Hauser interviewed by Cass Warner

Cole Hauser

Cole Hauser has been successfully working as an actor in film and television since he was 15 years old. He is the great grandson to the original President of Warner Bros. studio, Harry Warner; and son to Cass Warner.

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Lita Heller interviewed by Cass Warner

Lita Heller

Lita Heller is the daughter of Sam Warner, one of the founding Warner brothers and the visionary who synchronized sound to film. Her mother was Lina Basquette, a child actress, Ziegfield Follies dancer, and actress. She was adopted by Harry Warner, when her father died, and was raised as Harry’s daughter.

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Dennis Hopper interviewed by Cass Warner

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper was an iconic American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He worked at Warner Bros. in such films as GIANT, and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. He was the first independent filmmaker to get distribution from a studio for his ground breaking film EASY RIDER.

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Tab Hunter interviewed by Cass Warner

Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter was one of Warner Bros. studio’s contract players. His first film was THE SEA CHASE in which he starred alongside John Wayne and Lana Turner. He went on to have a long lasting career in Hollywood, starring in over 40 films.

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Sherry Lansing interviewed by Cass Warner

Sherry Lansing

Sherry Lansing is a former actress and film studio executive, who was the CEO of Paramount Pictures and the President of Production at 20th Century Fox, being the first woman to head a Hollywood movie studio. In 1996, she became the first female movie studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of…

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Norman Lear interviewed by Cass Warner

Norman Lear

Norman Lear is a well-known television writer and producer who shaped the world of sitcoms by creating ALL IN THE FAMILY, SANFORD & SONS, THE JEFFERSONS and others. As a political activiet, he founded the advocacy organization “People for the American Way” in 1981 and has supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes for many…

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Joan Leslie interviewed by Cass Warner

Joan Leslie

Joan Leslie signed a contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 15. She was an American actress, dancer, and vaudevillian who, during Hollywood’s Golden Age appeared in such films as HIGH SIERRA, SERGEANT YORK, and YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.

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Dick Mason interviewed by Cass Warner

Dick Mason

Dick Mason created the original Warner Bros. studio tour. He’s a walking encyclopedia of studio history with great tales to tell.

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Lois McGrew interviewed by Cass Warner

Lois McGrew

Lois McGrew was Harry Warner’s long time secretary when he was the head of the Warner Bros. studio.

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Mike Medavoy interviewed by Cass Warner

Mike Medavoy

Mike Medavoy is an American film producer and executive, co-founder of Orion Pictures, former chairman of TriStar Pictures, former head of production for United Artists and current chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures. He was creatively contributed some of our greatest films such as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST.

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Frank Pierson interviewed by Cass Warner

Frank Pierson

Frank Pierson is a well-known screenwriter who got his break in Hollywood in 1958 as the script editor for HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL and moved on to write for the television series NAKED CITY, ROUTE 66 and others. He went on to write or co-write several notable films, including CAT BALLOU and COOL HAND LUKE,…

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Lee Purcell interviewed by Cass Warner

Lee Purcell

Lee Purcell is an American Emmy nominated actress who appeared in both motion pictures and television. She starred in Jack L. Warner’s film, DIRTY LITTLE BILLY.

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Debbie Reynolds interviewed by Cass Warner

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds is a prolific actress, singer, film historian and business woman who has had a career in the film industry for decades. After winning a contest to become Miss Burbank in 1948, Reynolds was scouted and signed to a contract to work for Warner Bros. studio. [Runtime: 51:28]

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Steven J. Ross interviewed by Cass Warner

Steven J. Ross

Steven J. Ross is a Professor of History and Chairman of the History Department at the University of Southern California. He has written extensively in the areas of working-class history, social history, film history and political history.

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George Segal interviewed by Cass Warner

George Segal

George Segal is an actor and musician who gained notoriety for his performance in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. His career has spanned almost 60 years, as he continues to work today on television series such as THE GOLDBERGS.

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Terry Semel interviewed by Cass Warner

Terry Semel

Terry Semel spent 24 years at Warner Bros. as chairman and co-chief executive officer, helping to lead the studio with 13 Oscar nominated films produced under his leadership.

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Nancy Snow interviewed by Cass Warner

Nancy Snow

Nancy Snow is editor/author of 11 books on media relations, foreign policy and propaganda studies. She is professor emeritus of communications at California State University, Fullerton, and former professor in public diplomacy, media and propaganda studies at USC Annenberg and Syracuse University. She resides in Tokyo, Japan and teaches diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign…

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Morgan Spurlock interviewed by Cass Warner

Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary film SUPER SIZE ME.

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John Steel interviewed by Cass Warner

John Steel

John Steel is an attorney and step-grandson and confidant to Albert Warner, who was one of the co-founders of Warner Bros. studios.

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Betty Warner Sheinbaum interviewed by Cass Warner

Betty Warner Sheinbaum

Betty Warner Sheinbaum is Harry Warner’s daughter, and Cass Warner’s mother. Harry was the original President and co-founder of Warner Bros. studio. She is a prolific painter, art collector and has been involved in making the world a better place as a concerned and active concerned global citizen.

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Haskell Wexle interviewed by Cass Warner

Haskell Wexler

Haskell Wexler was one of the world’s most influential cinematographers, whose work ranges from ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and many more.

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. interviewed by Cass Warner

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is an actor known for his starring roles in the television series 77 SUNSET STRIP and THE F.B.I. In 1956, Zimbalist was put under contract by Warner Bros. His career as a leading television star began with a recurring role on MAVERICK.

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