Revisit ‘On Golden Pond’ this month and meet screenwriter Ernest Thompson

Donna Whitehead, Wicked Local – MANSFIELD – When a Hollywood actors’ strike threatened to shut down production of On Golden Pond in the summer of 1980, actress Katharine Hepburn got on the phone with the Screen Actors Guild and pointed out that the lead actors had about 17 minutes left to live since both were in their 70s. The guild relented and On Golden Pond, the story of cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and

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Acting Your Age: Ernest Thompson

One of a three-piece series from stars of the entertainment industry who live in our Lakes Region and still shine brightly in their “retirement” years January 16, 2020  Ernest Thompson, Bruce Luetters, Photographer Creativity is incurable — and that’s a good thing BY ERNEST THOMPSON What’s the hurry, honey, anyway? is a lyric from a song I wrote titled “Harley Chick,” composed and performed by the amazing Justin Jaymes, but it’s a fair question. I get it

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Carroll County Times – December 2017

Westminster Grad Ernest Thompson an Oscar-Winning Storyteller Westminster High School graduate Ernest Thompson went on to write “On Golden Pond.” by Jacob deNobel, Reporter Carroll County Times For playwright Ernest Thompson, life has always been the greatest inspiration and source of material. For his best-known work, “On Golden Pond,” Thompson pulled from his own family history, with “Golden Pond” created directly from his summers in Maine. Despite spending his formative years here, Carroll County barely features

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What It’s Like to Win an Oscar

by Dan Reilly ~ Here, eight winners reflect on the humdrum and the surreal.   ERNEST THOMPSON Best Adapted Screenplay, On Golden Pond (1981) My date that night was Diana Ross. We’d been set up through mutual friends. I called her and said, “What time do you want me to pick you up?” and she said, “In what?” and I said, “The studio gave me a limo,” and she said, “How big?” So my limo

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