(WTNH) — Channeling two-time Academy Award winner Jack Lemmon, his son, Chris Lemmon has mounted a show, “A Twist Of Lemmon,” about the life of his dad and all the stars around him.
“Whenever you tried to get close to Pop it was ‘hello operator, we got a bad connection,” said Lemmon. “He had a big fear of vulnerability and that’s why he loved acting so much, because there was no surprises, you knew what was coming next. It’s what’s the famous George Burns line: acting is all about honesty, if you can fake that you’ve got it made.”
When he was growing up, Marilyn Monroe lived next to the Lemmons.
“It’s a story I tell, and God bless her, she was a wonderful and very intelligent woman too, but she obviously had issues and one of them was drinking and a couple of pills, so it was difficult to do ‘Some Like It Hot,'” he said. “As Pop said ‘she had to do 10, 20 takes, just to get a few words out. Billy Wilder, one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, got so frustrated with her, he actually wrote her lines out for her on a chalkboard and held them up for her to read, yeah there are scenes in that movie where you see Marilyn’s eyes dart back and forth, that’s not her acting, it’s her tryng to read the words.'”
Chris has so many stories to tell about his dad . He looks and sounds very much like his famous late father, which will transport you back to the golden days of Hollywood. You can see “A Twist Of Lemmon” at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook on June 20.
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