Artists, composers, writers, royalty and heads of state
Last Edit: PlayWiz 08:34 am EST 02/21/24
Posted by: PlayWiz 08:22 am EST 02/21/24
In reply to: Presidents and musical performers/writers - dramedy 09:56 pm EST 02/20/24

Writers and composers have a better chance of their names and output being remembered – the names and many works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Verdi, Puccini, etc. have endured for many years. Also some visual artists, inventors and also, for good or bad, noteworthy politicians, royalty and other heads of state might be remembered. Then again, America isn't the whole world. Will even that former president you mention be remembered outside of the U.S. where they have their own histories in some years?

Which Hayes did you have in mind - Helen? While she had 2 Oscars, they are for now seldom seen films. For stage she had a huge reputation back in the day, but otherwise you might as well mention Katherine Cornell, also famous for the stage, but who only left one brief cameo in films. But yes, a lot of big names like Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn and others aren't known by younger generations. So when I see each year’s crop of Oscar, Tony or Grammy nominees and other award nominees and winners, it’s nice that they are celebrating the current crop, but they might be ignoring the fact that others who’ve been in their place have been replaced by others and themselves in turn. Too many audiences have the viewpoint of “out with the old, in with the new”. Maybe the ones on film will have a channel like TCM (hopefully something like that remains) to pull them from obscurity in the future.

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