Robert De Niro to be honoured with 2019 SAG life achievement award

Robert De Niro is to be honoured with the Life Achievement Award at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.Since launching his career in the early 1960s, the Hollywood actor has appeared in a string of successful films, winning Academy Awards for hi…

Robert De Niro is to be honoured with the Life Achievement Award at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Since launching his career in the early 1960s, the Hollywood actor has appeared in a string of successful films, winning Academy Awards for his performances in The Godfather II and Raging Bull, as well as Oscar nominations for his work in The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Awakenings, Cape Fear, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Now, De Niro has been named as the 56th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)’s highest tribute.

“Robert De Niro is an actor of extraordinary depth and ability. The characters he creates captivate our imaginations. From the smouldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake LaMotta and everybody’s grandpa Ben Whittaker, he continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion,” said Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA. “It is my great privilege to announce that SAG-AFTRA’s highest honour will be presented to one of the most singular talents of our generation, Robert De Niro.”

In response, The Irishman star commented: “I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It’s an honour to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA.”

The 76-year-old previously received a SAG Award for his work as a member of the cast of American Hustle and nominations for Marvin’s Room, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Wizard of Lies.

Previous winners of the life achievement award include Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, and Julie Andrews.

The 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on 19 January 2020.

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Designers praise Bob Mackie’s contribution to fashion industry

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked…

Top designers have lauded Bob Mackie’s contribution to the fashion business ahead of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett and Cher.

Mackie is to receive the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 CFDA awards on 3 June, and in the lead-up to the ceremony, a number of fashion stars have shared their praise for the style pioneer, with Tom Ford describing him as a true influencer.

“Bob Mackie’s work has influenced fashion in a dramatic way, in that many of the body-fitting, seemingly transparent, and heavily beaded gowns that are worn on red carpets today are derivative of his work for stars like Diana Ross and Cher,” he commented in an oral history feature for Vogue.com. “The images of his costumes and gowns for these women have become a part of the landscape of fashion from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and in my case, become part of my hard drive of references.”

While Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele spoke about how he met the “guru” at the 2019 camp-themed Met Gala and gushed over the designer’s role in shaping Hollywood careers.

“You have to put energy inside clothes; Bob’s creations made impetuous energy of great artists and through his clothes, the artists were able to magnify their talent. Bob Mackie sanctified the voice and the attitudes of the rock stars who are the gods of the 20th century,” he insisted.

Elsewhere, Mackie’s longtime client Burnett noted that the designer always had a vision for an entire look, including wigs, make-up and accessories, while Cher noted that he is a “perfectionist” when it comes to fit.

In addition, ’90s supermodel Shalom Harlow, who wore a Mackie ensemble to the 2009 Met Gala, shared that it’s not possible to be a “shy wallflower” in one of his creations.

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Bob Mackie to receive CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having wor…

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.

“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.

Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.

He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.

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Carol Burnett teams up with Tina Fey to bring painful memoir to the big screen

Carol Burnett and Tina Fey are teaming up to develop a new movie based on the TV veteran’s bestselling memoir Carrie & Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story. Burnett wrote the book as a tribute to her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, and now Focus Features …

Carol Burnett and Tina Fey are teaming up to develop a new movie based on the TV veteran’s bestselling memoir Carrie & Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story.

Burnett wrote the book as a tribute to her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, and now Focus Features executives have recruited brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms to adapt the screenplay for the big screen.

Burnett is producing via her Mabel Cat Productions company, alongside Fey and Eric Gurian, her business partner at Little Stranger.

Published in 2013, Burnett’s bestseller detailed her daughter’s drug addiction battle as a teenager and her successes as an actress and writer.

Carrie lost her battle with lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 38.

Deadline sources claim the film will follow the highs and lows of the TV icon’s life as a working mother, actress, and producer – all told through her relationship with her daughter.

Promoting the book in 2013, Burnett revealed she had to trick her daughter into rehab in a desperate bid to save her from a drug death, telling Access Hollywood, “I write about the drug issue because that was really tough. I remember being so naive and not knowing how to react to this problem because she had been an all-A student. We didn’t know what she was going through…

“I realised I had to love her enough to let her hate me. So I tricked her into going into rehab for the second time. She was very angry but she came through. I had my baby back again after that, until she got sick.”

Burnett added she felt cheated when her daughter was struck down with cancer: “She was on her way (up) when the cancer struck.”

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Bob Mackie auctioning off Cher outfits

A selection of Cher’s Bob Mackie designs will be hitting the auction block in Los Angeles this weekend (17-18Nov18).Mackie’s work with Cher is one of the most famous partnerships in entertainment, with the designer creating some of the If I Could Turn …

A selection of Cher’s Bob Mackie designs will be hitting the auction block in Los Angeles this weekend (17-18Nov18).

Mackie’s work with Cher is one of the most famous partnerships in entertainment, with the designer creating some of the If I Could Turn Back Time star’s most iconic looks, including the revealing black beaded two-piece she wore to the 1986 Oscars complete with plumed headdress.

Going under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons and Idols: Hollywood, Street and Contemporary Art sale on Saturday, Mackie is parting ways with some of his treasured pieces.

“We sort of talked about doing this a year and a half ago,” Mackie told The Hollywood Reporter as he takes a break from stage musical The Cher Show, in previews on Broadway. “We picked out things that were fun, ones that I actually own, ’cause Cher owns all of her stuff. So, I have them for one reason or another. I didn’t steal them!”

Among the lots is the 1974 Academy Awards custom-made hand-painted silk ensemble comprising of a cape, a bandeau top with scarf and a low waisted layered skirt, which is estimated to reach between $4,000-$6,000 (£3,100-£4,700), and the spaghetti strapped jersey gown Cher wore on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which looks set to fetch between $3,000-$5,000 (£2,300-£3,900).

In addition to pieces designed for the 72-year-old megastar, Mackie is also auctioning off designs he made for Carol Burnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Raquel Welch and Lauren Bacall.

Also this weekend, bidders will get the chance to buy a black Ford Thunderbird owned by Marilyn Monroe, and the wedding dress murdered actress Sharon Tate wore to her 1968 marriage to Roman Polanski.

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