OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN by Nell Minow
“She was best cast as the sweet, confused Sandy, singing about holding hands and drinking lemonade. And that’s why her transformation at the end, with the iconic skinny skin, shocking. of a girl who changes her personality and pretends to be ‘fast’ to get a guy, but how do we know she’s still sweet Sandy (and strong good Olivia) at heart. The poppy love song as they dance in the Fun House and the car flying into the clouds give the finale a heartwarming spark.”
NICHELLE NICHOLS by Odie Henderson
“Lt. Uhura was a fictional Black woman in space, in a time when there were no people of color or women in space that were real. She was fashionable, smart, smart and ran a control panel that had pretty nails that weren’t fit to push buttons in. She left an impression on us kids—what innocent crushes we had!—and played with her Nichelle Nichols. Nichols portrayed Uhura for the run of the series, and for the first six ‘Star Trek’ theatrical movies that followed. For any Black child, or little girl in general, who dreams of becoming an astronaut, Uhura makes the idea a possibility, a dream that may not be so far-fetched. as we thought.
BOB RAFELSON by Peter Sobczynski
“As a writer, director, and producer, he contributed to some of its most famous films, he helped to build the career of one of the most beloved movie stars of all time, and even he was a key man behind one of the most successful. pop groups of their time. He was a true Renaissance man in popular culture, and the effects of his contributions can still be seen, felt, and heard today.”
IVAN REITMAN by Peter Sobczynski
“Despite the film’s immense popularity, Reitman’s contributions to the project are often downplayed when it is discussed. Unlike his previous films, which were relatively modest in scope, budget, and ambition, ‘Ghostbusters’ a very expensive proposition that tries to combine two things that should not go together easily – elaborate special effects and broad humor.”