July 10, 2007
LONDON -- Two years before she was offered the role of Dolores Jane Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a friend of Imelda Staunton's called her up to say he'd just read J.K. Rowling's book and that there was a part in it she'd be perfect for. "So I read it," Staunton says, "and thought, `Small, squat, ugly, toadlike woman - thanks a lot.'" But her friend clearly wasn't the only one who had her in mind to play Umbridge, a character Stephen...
January 6, 2006
IMELDA DIRECTOR AT PARK SCHOOL -- Documentary filmmaker Ramona Diaz will be at the Park School Thursday to lecture and serve as host for a screening of her 2004 film Imelda. The film, a hit at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos, and juxtaposes her immense wealth against the poverty and political unrest affecting much of her country. Marcos is interviewed extensively in the film, which includes shots of her (in)famous shoe collection; in fact, Imelda's release in the Philippines was delayed when the former first lady sought a court injunction against showing it there, claiming the film made her look foolish and that she thought Diaz interviewed her only for research purposes.
November 21, 2005
On November 19, 2005 IMELDABERNIECE, beloved wife of the late Harold Edwin Weakland, loving mother of Andrew Weakland, Kimberly La Valley and Lorraine Kline, dear grandmother of Debbie, Michelle, Stephen, Ronald, Theresa, Jennifer and Brock; also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home P.A., 1407 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex, at Rt 702 (Beltway Exit 36) on Wednesday at 12:30 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Clare Church, 1 P.M. Entombment Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens.
October 14, 2005
On October 12, 2005, IMELDA G. SCHWARTZ (nee Langley) of Blakehurst, Towson, MD, beloved wife of Charles Milton Schwartz and devoted sister of William Langley and precededed in death by four sisters and three brothers. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the family owned MITCHELL-WIEDEFELD FUNERAL HOME INC., 6500 York Road (at Overbrook) on Sunday from 2 to 6 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be offered in Immaculate Conception Church, Towson, on Monday, October 17, at 10 A.M. Entombment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
March 25, 2005
I'm not an investigative journalist. I am not a historian. I am a filmmaker," said Ramona Diaz, director of the documentary Imelda, to The Sun's Stephanie Shapiro last summer. But Diaz's movie proves that filmmakers who stay true to their subjects can't help also being journalists and historians - and maybe shrinks and novelists, too. Imelda portrays Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, not merely as a world-class shoe collector, but as a global figure comparable to Jackie Kennedy and Evita Peron, with a network of mystical beliefs that go far beyond Nancy Reagan's faith in astrology.
December 17, 2004
In two surprise openings, the Charles offers five-day runs of films that provide terrific holiday-season counter-programming. In Ramona Diaz's remarkable documentary Imelda, the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, emerges as an improbable blend of Jackie Kennedy and Evita Peron, with (at least in her own mind) a bit of Mrs. Santa Claus mixed in. A singing beauty who helped her husband Ferdinand to the presidency and increased her support and personal power as he moved from democrat to dictator, she's a remarkable character.