Heart throbs and desperadoes ..
Cowboys and comedians …
Hoofers and crooners …
Good guys and rogues …
Martial arts experts and villains …
All have one thing in common, they are Hollywood’s leading men.
The program, “Leading Men,” a continuation of the year’s study of “Hollywood,” was presented by Belinda Brown and Anna Bess Westerfield during the recent meeting of the Mathontes Club held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
Movies are a part of life and culture, Brown said. Leading men bring characters from literature to life, as well as those from the comics and superheroes. “They help us remember world leaders, stories from the Bible and are like no men I have ever known.”
She said that she had a hard time selecting her favorite, but finally settled on Tom Hanks. All he seems to do is work and is never a subject of the tabloids.
He was discovered by Ron Howard after an appearance on “Happy Days.”
His dedication to his craft is legend. He lost 50 pounds for his role in “Castaway” and 37 to play an AIDS patient in “Philadelphia” and gained 30 pounds to play a coach in “A League of Their Own.” He prepares and becomes the person in the role for which he is cast.
And for this, he receives an average of $107 million a film. His estimated worth is $35 billion.
An actor, film director, auto racer, business owner, Paul Newman died in 2008 at the age of 83, according to Westerfield. As of 2012, Newman’s Own, the company he co-founded, had donated $330 million to charity with all the proceeds from the company going to charity.
He made his Broadway debut in 1953 in “Picnic.” His first movie in 1954 was a box office failure. By 1958, he was listed as one of 100 new stars in Hollywood.
He received his first of 10 Academy Award nominations for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” His last movie, “Road to Perdition,” was made in 2002 with Hanks.
During the business session, DiAnn Jones, club president, announced that she had asked Susan Railsback and Sue Trulock to head a committee to gather the history of both the Junior Mathontes and Mathontes clubs. The yearbooks will be bound and presented to the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Public Library
Trulock said that yearbooks were needed for the Mathontes Club from 1898 to 1953 and from 1981 to the present. Yearbooks are needed for the Junior Mathontes Club from 1981 to 2011, the year in which the Mathontes and Junior Mathontes clubs were merged.
Linda Eubank and Diana Millenbaugh were welcomed back into active membership status.
Kitty Rubenstein reported that she had ordered “The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World” to be given to the library in memory of Mary Lou Cox.
Members were seated at tables for eight centered with baskets of yellow button mums, embellished with picks holding star-shaped photographs of leading men. The baskets were set atop autumn print scarves, surrounded by fall leaves and candies in boxes featuring pictures of Marvel Heroes.
Hostesses for the meeting were Eva Marie Pearson, Becky Roberts, Frances Moore and Bettye Jean Hutt.
At the conclusion of the program, Pearson gave the answers to a quiz featuring photographs of leading men. Each winner was rewarded with a seasonal decoration.
Members also participated in a quiz matching quotes from movies to the leading men who said them.