The brash correspondence quickly garnered attention as the president angrily cited his on-screen career highlights and impact on the industry in characteristically immodest language. In the letter shared by the actors guild, the president announced his “immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA”, saying the union had “done nothing for" him.
On Thursday, in an official response to the somewhat comical letter, the guild responded with the blunt two-word statement: “Thank you".
For an actor who got his start in television in the early 1950's, to his career making role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Dr. Sherman in The Spiral Staircase, the emperor in the campy sci-fi Starcrash to General Chang in Star Trek: Undiscovered Country; Christopher Plummer's career has run the gamut; and, at age 82 won the Oscar becoming the oldest person ever to win one. He has passed away at age 91
"Two years later, the first paragraph of his obituary was written when the 82-year-old Plummer became the oldest person in Academy history to win an Oscar. He won for playing a senior citizen who comes out as gay after the death of his wife in the movie Beginners (2010). As he clutched his statuette, the debonaire thespian addressed it thusly: "You're only two years older than me darling, where have you been all of my life?"
Plummer then told the audience that at birth, "I was already rehearsing my Academy acceptance speech, but it was so long ago mercifully for you I've forgotten it."
The Academy Award was a long time in coming and richly deserved."
So I went for cataract surgery on Monday the 30th. Had my right eye done. Amazingly simple and painless procedure. Took about 10 minutes if that long. Home within an hour. Some minor soreness and stinging that ibuprofen took care of and in 24 hours the corona haze and blurriness receded and by Tues. at 10am I had 20/20 distance vision in that eye. I'm using pharmacy reading glasses until the eye finishes stabilizing and I can go for new prescription glasses for reading etc. While there was a procedure to negate the need for a lens for the right eye the left eye will always require a corrective lens. Plus Medicare doesn't cover astigmatism correction and my medical supplement would have required a $2000.00 copay for this procedure. I've worn glasses since I was twelve so the cost benefit relationship just wasn't there for me so I went for the monofocal lens. What's cool though is being able to watch tv without glasses and be able to read the c/c from across the room without glasses or tilting my head to accommodate my lenses. I gotta admit I was terrified going in as the consequences of a fuck up would have been catastrophic because my left eye is kinda fucked to start with due to a detached retina issue a few years ago. When I left for the outpatient surgicenter my BP was 127/64. When I got there it jumped to 199/80 so yeah I get I was a little agitated, lol. They put you in a kind of mummy wrap so you don't move around, numb the eye, give a relaxing anesthetic iv and while awake I wasn't really aware of much and felt no discomfort or pain. When I woke up Tuesday and looked out the window of my apartment over downtown and the clarity of the sunrise and view versus before I almost started crying with relief. If any of you are delaying this type of surgery out of fear of pain or discomfort don't do so any longer. The results are stunning to say the least.
It's definitely a great point that HIV & AIDS have cumulatively caused far more fatalities than Covid-19, but it's no longer the "topic du jour". Part of me wonders if it's because it's highly associated with stigma and discrimination, which is incredibly unfortunate.