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Mon Mar 2, 2020, 02:57 PM

James Lipton, Interviewer Who Let Stars Shine, Dies at 93

Source: The New York Times

James Lipton, Interviewer Who Let Stars Shine, Dies at 93

His in-depth conversations with celebrities on “Inside the Actors Studio” focused on craft, not gossip, and made the show a hit on Bravo.


James Lipton, who plumbed the dramatic arts through perceptive, mostly admiring interviews with celebrity actors as host of the Bravo television series “Inside the Actors Studio,” died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

The cause was bladder cancer, his wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton, said.

Mr. Lipton was a knowledgeable interviewer who focused on craft while avoiding gossip, winning the trust of his famous guests as well as an international audience.

During his 23-season run as host — he left the show when it moved from Bravo to Ovation TV in 2019 — “Inside the Actors Studio” became a coveted stop for writers, directors and performers, who would give some of their longest and most unguarded interviews to Mr. Lipton.

His manner was sympathetic — fawning, to some, and often lampooned — but the formula worked, and among the 275 or so stars he interviewed were some of the brightest: Paul Newman, Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper and Sidney Lumet, to name a few — and they came along in just the first season.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/arts/television/james-lipton-dead.html

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Chicago1980 Mar 2020 OP
irisblue Mar 2020 #1
2naSalit Mar 2020 #2
Botany Mar 2020 #3
2naSalit Mar 2020 #4
bronxiteforever Mar 2020 #7
Kid Berwyn Mar 2020 #14
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Demonaut Mar 2020 #15

Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:01 PM

1. RIP and sympathies to his beloveds.

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Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:04 PM

2. ...

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:13 PM

3. He was a good one.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:20 PM

4. +1

I liked his show. He was an actor's actor. Same age as my ailing mom.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:51 PM

7. +1

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 09:55 PM

14. +1

TOPS.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:25 PM

5. Couldn't stand the man or his show

And his writing was sub-par.

Just my opinion.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 03:38 PM

6. I always liked the show

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Mon Mar 2, 2020, 04:03 PM

8. Holy damn I never knew he was that old...

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Mon Mar 2, 2020, 05:52 PM

9. ...

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 06:14 PM

10. R.I.P. He certainly has enriched TV viewing



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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 08:41 PM

11. Sad news

Intelligent interviewer ... R-I-P

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 08:47 PM

12. RIP

 

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 09:21 PM

13. The only time I ever saw James Lipton flustered:

Was when, in the midst of an interview on Lipton's show, Jack Lemmon admitted to being a long-time alcoholic. It was obvious that Lipton was caught completely off-guard by this news, but he settled down after a couple of minutes and the show went on as usual.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Tue Mar 3, 2020, 01:31 AM

15. 93?, he looked amazing, RIP, I've always enjoyed his interviews

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