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The Gelbs on O'Neill - Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose - PBS
Monday, October 16, 2000

Host: Charlie Rose
Guests: Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb, Jason Robards, Zoe Caldwell

[The following note from Arthur & Barbara Gelb, dated October 5, 2011, provides insight to their Charlie Rose interview, as well as a preview of their upcoming new book.]

Thanks so much for tracking down two of the interviews we did when we were promoting our second volume, “Life With Monte Cristo.” It was a special treat to be on the Charlie Rose show with Zoe and Jason. In the studio, as the show began, they had no idea Charlie was going to ask them to perform (nor did we).

But of course they’d both appeared in productions of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and were thoroughly familiar with the roles of James and Mary Tyrone – and they responded with superb noblesse oblige. Charlie said the show was one of the most poignant he’d ever done.

We’re hoping he’ll ask us back next year when our final take on O’Neill – “By Women Possessed” – will be published by Penguin Putnam. Sadly, Jason is no longer with us. Zoe, however, says she’ll be pleased to help us convey the sizzling love affair between O’Neill and Carlotta Monterey. She’s as fascinated as we are with the beautiful and all-too-possessive former actress whom O’Neill took as his third wife, and who revived his reputation after his tragic death in 1953.

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