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Remembering (Again) How I Nearly Killed Peter O’Toole

Since Peter O’Toole left the stage this past weekend at the age of eighty-one, there has been a huge outpouring of sadness and remembrance. It has been pointed out in his many obituaries that O’Toole encountered a few down periods

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Fighting With Richard Burton; Dreaming of Cleopatra

The first time I met Richard Burton I got into a fight with him. I was wandering through the vast upper floor rooms inside a Rosedale mansion at a Saturday night party when I encountered him holding court, seated with

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Chasing Plummer

I’m not certain exactly when I became so fascinated with Christopher Plummer. It may have been as a teenager when I got up at six one morning and drove to Stratford to line up at the Festival Theatre for rush

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I (Prematurely) Killed Peter O’Toole

I thought I had killed off Peter O’Toole in 1978, so naturally it came as a surprise to read that he was retiring from acting a couple of weeks short of his eightieth birthday. O’Toole was in Toronto making a

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The Legendary Watering Holes Have All Dried Up

Back in another mist-shrouded time when I was single, I always took dates to Bistro 990 in downtown Toronto. With its arched ceilings and pale gold walls, you could believe for a few hours (aided by a glass of wine)

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