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ROBERT OSBORNE'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE
March 18, 2017  | By David Bianculli  | 3 comments

TCM, 9:00 a.m. ET

 

Of all the hours devoted to original and longtime TCM host Robert Osborne this weekend, two programs should be considered all but mandatory. One is the Private Screenings with Alec Baldwin, in which Osborne himself is the subject – it’s repeated in prime time, and again tomorrow, as is this one, a 2015 special honoring Osborne’s then 20 years at TCM. Both specials are informative, inspirational (Osborne’s life is, indeed, a Hollywood dream come true), and wonderfully heartwarming.

 
 
 
 
 
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Marion Matteson
Well-spoken, well-dressed, intelligent, gracious and kind. A dying breed. Of course I will always watch TCM but a bit of my heart will never be in it again.
Mar 18, 2017   |  Reply
 
 
Richard Shiller
I just found about Mr Osborn's death; the world is very much poorer!
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Mary Baptiste
What a great day! Wonderful memories of Robert Osborn and his insight into the movies. He will be greatly missed, I would suggest his interviews be replayed often as the youth of today must meet the stars of yesterday.
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