This is sad news for fans of classic films, TCM and countless members of the entertainment industry. It's difficult to imagine any Hollywood personality more universally loved and respected than Robert Osborne. He pulled the switch that launched the Turner Classic Movies TV Network in April of 1994 and became a welcome household guest across the world from that day on. His extensive knowledge of the films he introduced, its stars, everyone behind the cameras, little known tidbits, together with his gentle on-screen charm, undoubtedly has played a large role in TCM's success.
In addition to introductions, Osborne hosted TCM's "Private Screenings" during which he brilliantly interviewed many of Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars. Many stars of the Golden Age were interviewed during TCM's first years, leaving us many fabulous segments with iconic legends. Guests such as Olivia de Haviland, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Wagner and many others went on to become close, personal friends with Robert. Eva Marie Saint has said on many occasions, "I love my husband first, Robert second," it's apparent that Osborne was equally charming and beloved off-screen as well as on. For twenty-three years he's been the face of TCM, during that time he provided unique insight into the world's most popular entertainment medium and thankfully he left us with a wealth of information that will continue to fascinate, captivate and introduce younger generations to the wonders of classic film.
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