Oscar historian and Turner Classic Movie host to speak at ISU March 4

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
February 22, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Oscar historian and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne will speak about the history of the Academy Awards at 7 p.m. March 4 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium to conclude the 2008-2009 University Speakers Series. A reception in Heritage Lounge is planned immediately following his talk. Both the presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies television network since its debut in April 1994. Since 1977, he also has been a writer for the daily show business trade publication "The Hollywood Reporter" and began writing the paper's lead column "Rambling Reporter," which covers all aspects of the movie, television and Broadway worlds, in 1983.

He is known as the official biographer of "Oscar" because of the series of books he's written on the subject of the motion picture industry's annual Academy Awards. The book, "75 Years of the Oscar" was written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An update on his book, "80 Years of the Oscar" was published in 2008.

Osborne received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2005 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Since 2006, he has been the official red carpet greeter for the Motion Picture Academy at the annual Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Born in Colfax, Wash., Osborne graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism and eventually headed to Hollywood where he was soon signed to a contract as an actor by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at their Desilu Studios. It was Ball who encouraged him to seriously pursue writing and he considers that suggestion the best career advice he's ever been given. Ball remained a friend and mentor to him until her death in 1989.

Osborne is one of the investors in a movie house called The Rose in Port Townsend, Wash., and a sister theatre, the Rosebud. Since 2005, he has hosted the annual Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival in Athens, GA.

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Media Contact and Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Oscar historian and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne will speak about the history of the Academy Awards at 7 p.m. March 4 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium to conclude the 2008-2009 University Speakers Series. A reception in Heritage Lounge is planned immediately following his talk. Both the presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

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