Grace and Frankie premiered years ago back in 2015. People think the show would be canceled after two seasons because it’s a comedy with two senior women as leads, but it lasted seven seasons! Not only that, it is going to have a series finale. Seeing a series finale is hard to achieve if you are a showrunner on Netflix. There are Netflix shows with bigger and younger stars, but they still get the boot. A Netflix Show having 94 episodes is a challenging feat to achieve, but Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin managed to make this Drama succeed despite all of the odds against it. It even got Five Emmy Nominations, and it may not have won those awards, but this show outlived some of the Award Winners.
Years before I knew the name of my newest interview subject, Ve Neill, I was witness to her work on some of the most enjoyable movies of my youth. From Beetlejuice (which won her the first of three Best Makeup Oscars) to Mrs. Doubtfire (which won her a second Best Makeup Oscar) to the Batman sequels, Ve Neill helped create some of the most memorable images the screen has ever seen. I’d been wanting to interview her about her life and work for several years now, and earlier this month, it finally happened. Join me as we talk about Ve’s life and work from the 70s to today and into the future.
I first came to know Kat Kramer when she sent me a friend request after reading my praise of Lily Tomlin’s work in Grandma on Sondra Currie’s Facebook page about two months or so ago. Kat Kramer, also known as Katharine Kramer, is Hollywood royalty. The daughter of the late filmmaker Stanley Kramer and the goddaughter of her namesake Katharine Hepburn, she has kept both their spirits alive as the creator of the Films That Change The World series. She’s also a versatile singer who has recorded an album of covers of Mick Jagger’s solo work, and an accomplished actress, having done many classic stage roles, as well as making appearances in movies by filmmakers like Henry Jaglom and Paul Weitz.