Eugene Allen “Butler in Chief”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw the movie “The Butler” last year in 2013.   This movie had touched me in many ways.  Some of the phrases and the lines from this film i can still remember it.  An amazing movie.  I was so enthusiastic when I saw this article in People Magazine.  I hope sharing this with you will have touched you as well.

Eugene Allen: Butler in Chief

For 34 Years He Loyally Served Eight Presidents, Becoming a Witness to History and Inspiring a New Movie

As a long-serving White House butler, Eugene Allen observed the kind of intimate moments rarely written about in history books. “He saw the Presidents as regular people at home,” says his son Charles Allen, 67. “They became like his family.” He liked that Harry Truman “drank bourbon and played the piano,” Charles recalls, and that Gerald Ford would eat breakfast in the pantry after his daily swim. Born in Virginia and raised by sharecroppers, Allen was hired in 1952 and rose to become maître d’. Fiercely loyal to the First Families, he rushed to the White House the evening of Nov. 22, 1963 to help Jackie Kennedy prepare for her husband’s funeral, served a dieting Lyndon Johnson tuna sandwiches with the edges cut off and helped Nancy Reagan pick fine china for state dinners. Before he died at age 90 in 2010, Allen proudly cast a vote for Barack Obama, the first African-American President. His odyssey inspired the upcoming movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a fitting tribute, says Gerald Ford’s son Steve Ford. “It is really the home of the White House staff,” says Ford. “We were just the occupants.”

FIRST FAMILY DINNER, 1974

Allen (with Gerald and Betty Ford) “made us feel so welcome,” says their son Steve Ford. His sister Susan adds, “I’ll always remember Gene’s daily kindnesses and his ever-present smile.”

THE BUTLER

In the movie, out Aug. 16, Forest Whitaker (with Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower) plays a butler based on Allen. “In an unassuming way,” says Eugene’s son Charles, “he was larger than life.”

FOND FAREWELL, 1986

Ronald and Nancy Reagan congratulated Allen after his last day of work. “My husband and I knew him to be humble, dedicated and loyal,” says Nancy Reagan. “I am so pleased that a movie has been made to honor his contributions to the country’s history. I only wish he were still here to see it himself.”

PRESIDENT EISENHOWER, 1955

When Eisenhower (discussing civil rights) discovered Allen (at right) was moonlighting as a cab driver for extra money, he called him in and increased his salary by that amount. “My father said the President was a country boy, just like him,” says Charles. “He said he used to barbecue steaks on the patio roof for his Army buddies. He was the last President to cook. And he liked chicken and dumplings too.”

JFK JR.’S 3[superscript RD] BIRTHDAY PARTY, 1963

Soon after John F. Kennedy’s funeral, Jackie Kennedy held John Jr.’s birthday party, with Allen’s help. The day JFK was shot, Allen went home briefly but saw the casket returning to D.C. on the news. He said, “‘I better go back to work,'” his son recalls. “As he put on his coat, he fell back against the wall and started crying. I’d never seen my father cry before.”

PRESIDENTS NIXON AND JOHNSON, 1971

Allen serving President Richard Nixon, former President Lyndon B. Johnson and Archbishop Humberto Medeiros. Then a Republican, Allen voted for Nixon over JFK in 1960 but later switched parties. “The only thing I know about JFK is that his daddy’s got a lot of money,” he told his son at the time.

A GRAND SETTING, 1975

“With devotion, skill and sacrifice,” says Jimmy Carter, Allen “made life fulfilling and productive for eight Presidents and their families.” And a bit easier. “The first night in the White House [in 1974], I invited my best friend over, and we took my stereo up to the roof and played Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven,'” says Steve Ford, who was 18 at the time. “Gene never told my parents.”

GREETING THE KING OF POP, CA. 1983

When Michael Jackson visited the Reagan White House, Allen (at rear) said he “was really shy,” recalls Charles. If Allen “was impressed by any visitor, it was Frank Sinatra,” Charles adds. “He didn’t put up barriers between whites and blacks, and he was friends with Sammy Davis Jr. My parents appreciated that.”

AN EMOTIONAL VOTE, 2008

The day before the election, Allen woke up to discover his wife of 64 years, Helene, 87, had died in her sleep. “They were going to vote together,” says Charles. Allen went to vote for Barack Obama himself. “We didn’t believe he’d won until we saw Barack walk out. My dad’s eyes misted up. He had seen the world change.”

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Things on mind

Like changes. Having a tough time. Here it goes. Im changing titles to respect others. First is im about to reach milestone. Im going to reach 50!!
My friend shes goimg through a rough time over weigh, no job, mo boyfriend. Shes wont respond toy phone calls emails. Im trying to support her. But all she doea is scrutiny me on everything. I never realized how jealous envy of me she is. She cant move on or worst cant accept her failures. Or better change to different to find peace.
Give an example. She still think shes going to find an Indian man to love her. But before she does she has to clean house. Shes a sloppy disorganized person. Her house a mess. Get organized. Then second change go approach men in public but in a calm way. Yhen go exercise, find you beauty put some care in yourself. Third be happy stop attacking me. Been your friend qnd always had your back. No more abuse no more pain. See you faults change lose weight keep house in order, get a part time job, mix and mingle with others. Cater to that special. Ita hard to say this be submissive be his supporter peace will come. Happiness love sex most of all.you have found peace being happy will let you see the relationships you have abused in years. Because now.you at peace freedom.
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The Thing Called Life

The Thing Called Life

I remember myself as a child growing up
Enjoying playing with my dolls
Playing house with my sisters and Michelle
Hopscotch, jump rope,
Going to the park with my sisters and my step father
Always brought a joy, I still see myself laughing
Behaving silly or as we say giggling
I still have that
But in a different way
It is how I am enjoying life
The best way I can
I remember always wanting to be wife, mother
I always wanted to be mother because of how
My mother showed and shared my to me and my sisters
I remember her waking me up in the morning and she would touch
My face, soft and kiss me on my cheek even as adult living in my family house
It made me feel special, loved it brings me tears to my heart now because
I treasure that so much…………………….
I have always dreamed of being a mother
Sharing a birth of a child
First telling my mate/husband
That I am having a baby
I can remember when we conceived and how now I became pregnant for you
I am 35 we have a house a job we are working things out together
As team
Loving this man because how he treated me how he makes me laugh
Does not put me down but we are each others equal
I tell him he is going to be a father
He is glowing, he is happy
We go and tell my parents and my mother and my step father
They are so happy, I tell my best friend Brian, Wendy Francine and they are jumping
Up and down I think they are more excited about it than me.
We tell his family, we tell his friends, Mark and Keith
We go to the doctors together
We cook together
We make love
We fight
But we always know how to reach back to each other
We are at the mall together taking a walk and through this time
You see me and I have this baby growing inside of me
My co-workers are treating me and seeing how happy I am
I get to wear the maternity clothes
Eat weird foods more
He laughs with me
And he cries with me
Then it is time the doctor tells us we are going to have a little girl
Me I am going to be a mother, wife, best friend to this world
Is this a dream come true yes?
I am in the delivery room with my husband
I am pushing having this baby
He is at my side
The baby comes to be a beautiful, healthy, happy loving baby girl
Her name is Rose Alexandra 7lbs 5 ounces born on April 4
But life had a change of heart for me
I had suffered so much half my life with menstruation
That it got so bad I had fibroids
Had two surgeries before ever feeling healthy again
And then the doctors tells me I the fibroids is growing too much in me
At the age of 44 I had to have hysterectomy it was the best for my health
But I still dream that I can have a baby
A child
But thing I look at most is all my friends children
How they look at me and how I get that hug, kiss from a child
And how it makes you feel special
Of course children can sometimes be as real but we as adults
Have to guide them to be sensitive, caring towards others
Always feel children are the most beautiful creatures that we can make
They are like mini us in so many ways.
One day they are walking, running
And driving us parents crazy but we are enjoying ever moment of it.
I have a special friend
He is recently divorce when he talks about his children
It is like the sun has shine 300 degrees you can see, feel the joy
He has for those kids and how he explains the different personalities each of them have
The skills, they have how they are all learning different, but most of all
Loving him as their father
This is what brings me joy, more than anything
I am May not be a parent physically but I am emotionally
To many children, friends, children, cousins, I am a mentor to kids it brings me such a joy
I do not feeling I am missing out on anything but I still feeling they are our rug rats but at the same time the love we have for children.

Peace………………………

Feeling Hot!

I see your beautiful, handsome desirable face.
I see you across the room, feeling hot in here
I have a dress on with thong on with highs
I’m drinking my Apple martini just having a fantasty of having sex with at this function is crazy
But we can  have in our minds together
My pussy is wet, juicy, can feel the mistress flowing
Can you catch my juicy wet pussy.
With my erect brown nipples
Oh boy I want it now..
Let me take you somewhere I pull your hand
We go in a closet and you ripe my thong off and I just feel your long erect hard Dick so close to me
I feel horny……
We just have sex in a public place but in a closet but it is a fantasy that we both wanted.

The Love We Have

The love we have
can we have
can we share how we truly have
no outside fears no outside stuff like the bills, the job
the house stuff,
let us be in each other arms feel what we feel
warm, soft chocolate skin rubbing against each other
feeling your wet juicy lips on my mine you grabbing my ass as you do
you know the ass your now what will you do next to me or what I will do next to you
I will kiss you hold you touch your “Johnson” my brother as I feel woman enough too and free
just I am still have my innocence, yes I am still lady like yes I am still classy but behind these close doors
is the nasty, grown ass woman you want and more……………………..

……………

James Dean

James Dean (film)

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James Dean
Directed by Mark Rydell
Produced by George W. Perkins
Executive producers:
Marvin Worth
Bill Gerber
Mark Rydell
Written by Israel Horovitz
Starring James Franco
Michael Moriarty
Valentina Cervi
Enrico Colantoni
Amy Rydell
Mark Rydell
Music by John Frizzell
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Editing by Antony Gibbs
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Turner Network Television
Release date August 4, 2001
Running time 120 minutes

James Dean is a 2001 biographical television film based on the life of the American actor of the same name. James Franco plays James Dean under the direction of Mark Rydell, who chronicles Dean’s rise from a struggling actor to an A-list movie star in 1950s Hollywood. The film’s supporting roles included director Rydell, Michael Moriarty, Valentina Cervi, Enrico Colantoni, and Amy Rydell.

The James Dean biopic began development at Warner Bros. in the early 1990s. At one point, Michael Mann was contracted to direct with Leonardo DiCaprio starring in the lead role. After Mann’s departure, Des McAnuff, Dennis Hopper and Milčo Mančevski were considered as directors. Mark Rydell was hired as director in 1996, but the film continued to languish in development hell.

Warner Bros. then decided to produce James Dean as a TV movie for Turner Network Television (TNT); both Warners and TNT are owned by Time Warner. James Franco was cast as Dean in May 2000 after a search that resulted in 500 auditions. Franco researched his role to more closely portray Dean. James Dean showed on TNT in the United States on August 5, 2001, receiving generally positive reviews from critics.

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At eight years old, James Dean lives with his estranged father Winton and mother Mildred in 1939 Santa Monica, California. When Mildred dies of cancer in 1940, Winton sends James on a train to Fairmount, Indiana, along with the coffin containing her body. Winton does not show up at the funeral, leaving James to be raised by his aunt and uncle on a farm in Fairmount. Over the years, he becomes more curious about his father’s decision to abandon him. He tries to impress him by sending him a package displaying his various athletic trophies in high school sports.

James moves back to Santa Monica in June 1949, shortly after high school graduation, and finds that Winton has remarried. He decides to become an actor and takes classes under James Whitmore. Whitmore is impressed by his acting ability, which encourages him to move to New York City in September 1951 to pursue an acting career. Despite being a struggling actor, he enjoys the new lifestyle. He befriends fellow actor Martin Landau and has a romantic relationship with Christine White. Both are accepted into the prestigious Actors Studio. He receives critical acclaim in Broadway theatre productions and for a role in a television movie drama that is broadcast nationwide. He tries to tell Winton about his successful rise in acting, but his father still reacts with indifference, causing more emotional turmoil for him.

Film producer-director Elia Kazan hires James for the leading role in East of Eden (1955), marking his Hollywood debut. He moves to Hollywood in April 1954 to begin filming for Eden and is introduced to Jack Warner, the stern president of Warner Bros. Studios who is determined to transform him into a movie star. Warner becomes suspicious of his personal life (such as his possible bisexuality and passions for auto racing and motorcycling). On the Warner Bros. backlot, he falls in love with actress Pier Angeli, who is working on the neighboring production of The Silver Chalice (1954).

Despite concerns from Pier’s domineering mother, James and his girlfriend buy a beach house in which they live together. Meanwhile, eccentric director Nicholas Ray casts him in the lead role for Rebel Without a Cause (1955). He once again hopes to impress his father with his rising movie star career in Hollywood, but Winton persists with his indifference. When East of Eden debuts, Warner is furious that he does not show up at the premiere. He considers shutting down production of Rebel Without a Cause, but he drops the idea due to James’s praised performance in Eden. Later, he finds out that Warner sided with Pier’s mother over his break up with her. She ends up marrying Vic Damone, while James then signs a one million dollar contract with Warner Bros. and is cast in Giant (1956). His mental breakdowns become more apparent when he starts conflicting with director George Stevens.

Angered with his life, James decides to learn the truth about his father’s carelessness over him since he was eight years old. Winton tells him that his real father was a man with whom his mother had an affair during the marriage and that he did not have the courage to raise him, not being his real father. With his inner demons resolved, he begins to enjoy life once more and adapt a friendly relationship with director Stevens. Shortly afterward, he dies in a tragic car accident that shocks both members of the film industry and the general public. En route on a train to Indiana, Winton sits next to his coffin in the storage room. Despite the fact that he is dead, Winton does not intend to abandon him once more.

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[edit] Background

[edit] Writing

In the early 1990s, Warner Bros. planned to produce a feature biographical film about actor James Dean, and the studio hired Israel Horovitz to write the script.[1] One of the working titles was James Dean: An Invented Life before it was finalized as James Dean.[2] When Horovitz wrote the script, he explored the “psychological insight” of Dean by showcasing the abandonment of his father, which became the fulcrum of the storyline. Horovitz recalled, “Why would a father ship his wife’s body back on a train with an 8-year-old son, never go to the funeral and never pick the son up again, never bring the son back out to him?”[3] The screenwriter felt it was best to portray Dean’s purported homosexuality by innuendo rather than explicitly. He wanted to focus on the romance between Dean and Pier Angeli and Dean’s growth as an actor, and believed that a homosexuality subplot would distract from the storyline. Producer Marvin Worth explained in July 1995, “We’ll try to make a good movie… not one of rumor and innuendo.”[4]

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Director Mark Rydell acknowledged an uncanny resemblance between Franco (left) and James Dean (right).[5]

Michael Mann was contracted to direct James Dean in September 1993,[1] and filming was scheduled to start in May 1994. Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt were under serious consideration for the lead role,[6] while both actors were also attached to the part.[7] Mann approached Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of James Dean, feeling that DiCaprio was the best candidate. Gary Oldman was also discussed for a supporting role. In March 1994, Mann decided not to direct James Dean due to scheduling conflicts with Heat (1995).[8][9] Mann also thought that DiCaprio was too young and wanted to wait another year.[5]

Des McAnuff replaced Mann as director, and filming was rescheduled to December 1994.[10] Screenwriter Horovitz was busy playwrighting in Europe, so McAnuff and producer Marvin Worth were constantly rewriting the script in July 1994. The budget was estimated at $20 million.[4] McAnuff stepped down as director and was replaced by Dennis Hopper. Hopper was a close friend with Dean and co-starred with the actor in both Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Hopper met with DiCaprio for the lead role, but the director eventually dropped out of the film.[11] By May 1995, DiCaprio was still the top candidate to portray Dean with Milčo Mančevski in discussions to direct the film.[12]

After negotiations with Mančevski fell through, Mark Rydell was contracted to direct the biopic in February 1996.[13] Rydell was also close friends with Dean; the two studied together at Actors Studio in Manhattan, New York during the early 1950s.[14] DiCaprio dropped out of the lead role entirely when his asking price was determined to be too high after the actor’s success with Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Titanic (1997).[14] Meanwhile, Rydell worked with Horovitz on another rewrite, and Warner Bros. planned to fast track production.[13] Don Was was hired to write and compose the film score, but he was later replaced by John Frizzell.[15] Shortly after Rydell’s hiring, Stephen Dorff entered discussions to portray James Dean.[16] Ethan Hawke would later turn down the role.[5]

With the film languishing in development hell, producer Bill Gerber from Warner Bros. decided James Dean would work best as a television movie for Turner Network Television (TNT); both Warners and TNT are owned by Time Warner.[3][7] Gerber explained the format choice, “It was just hard to find bankable names that the studio would finance a $20 million movie with. And there were marketing problems. He died in a highway accident 1955 so almost everyone would know the outcome of the movie. James Dean also isn’t that well known by the general movie-going public these days.”[5] Actor James Franco was cast into the lead role, and principal photography for James Dean started in June 2000. Filming took place around the Los Angeles area and at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.[2]

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It was interesting because everyone I spoke to had a different perspective on James Dean. I think it is because he compartmentalized his friends so distinctly that everyone saw a different side of him. I often found that if people did not have that much personal information about James Dean, the experiences they had with him were mystical.
— James Franco on his research for James Dean[17]

Rydell and other filmmakers started a casting call in late March 2000 to find the most suitable actor for the lead role. The call encompassed New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Chicago and the Midwestern United States. Casting director Nancy Foy commented that the search included “everyone from highly-trained, experienced actors in their early and mid-20s, to people who had no training and had sent in self-made tapes”.[18] Five hundred actors auditioned,[19] and James Franco was ultimately cast as James Dean in May 2000.[2] Franco acknowledged he was cautious of taking the role over fear of typecasting.[20]

Franco did extensive research for his role. He went from being a non-smoker to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, but has since quit the habit. He learned how to ride a motorcycle, play guitar, as well as the conga and bongo drums. The actor also carefully studied Dean’s mannerisms by simultaneously watching his three films (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant). Franco also read numerous biographies on Dean’s life.[20] The actor also took advice from some of Dean’s closest friends, including Martin Landau, Dennis Hopper, Liz Sheridan (Dean’s former girlfriend) and Leonard Rosenman. “Martin was the most informative person that I spoke to. He helped me tremendously with James’s physical mannerisms,” Franco reflected. “I isolated myself a lot during the filming. I did this because I think he had a pervasive loneliness throughout his life and I wanted to feel what that felt like. Not talking to my family or loved ones had quite an emotional effect on me.”[17]

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James Dean premiered at the 27th Deauville American Film Festival in July 2001. Press conferences were held with the screening, and James Dean’s three feature films, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, were also screened at the festival.[21] Turner Network Television (TNT) originally intended to premiere the film on United States national television in June 2001,[22] but the release date for James Dean was pushed to August 5, 2001. The film attracted 3.18 million viewers and received generally favorable reviews from critics.[23] James Dean was released on DVD in January 2002 by Warner Home Video.[24] David Thomson, reviewing in The New York Times, felt Franco’s performance as Dean gave Baby Boomer audiences a positive sense of nostalgia of the 1950s.[25] James Poniewozik of Time magazine also highly praised Franco’s performance, but felt the script was overtly cliché.[26] Ken Tucker wrote in Entertainment Weekly that James Dean, alongside Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), was a revolutionary force in the television movie genre.[27]

Rydell received a Directors Guild of America Award nomination,[28] while Franco was nominated for his performance at the 8th Screen Actors Guild Awards.[29] In addition, Franco won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film.[30] The film also received multiple awards and nominations at the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards. Michael Moriarty won the Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Winton Dean.[31] The art department (led by Robert Pearson, Marc Dabe and Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer), also won an Emmy. Nominations included Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Lead actor (James Franco), Direction (Mark Rydell), Cinematography (Robbie Greenberg), Casting (Nancy Foy), Costume design (Yvonne Blake and Randy Gardell), Film editing (Antony Gibbs), Makeup (John M. Elliot, Jr.) and Hairstyling (Carol A. O’Connell).[31]