What The Academy’s Movie Museum Really Needs: An Attic Full Of Backstory

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What The Academy’s Movie Museum Really Needs: An Attic Full Of Backstory
From too many years in and around the movie business, I’ve consciously kept exactly one souvenir. It’s a smallish chip of concrete, about 3” x 4”, with some daubs of red and blue paint.

Ray Stark gave it to me not quite thirty years ago. He was just back from the Berlin Film Festival, which in February of 1990 had opened with Steel Magnolias, directed by Herbert Ross and produced by Stark.

The Berlin Wall had just come down. Stark said one of the Magnolias stars – Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis attended, so it could have been any of them – had nicked this chunk off the tumbling wall in a fit of All-American, freedom-loving exuberance.

How could you throw away something like that? History. The movies. Stars. Ray Stark. All mixed up in one little piece of cement.

There might be other mementos around the house. An
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