Thursday, November 25, 2010

Random Acts of Thursday - Over the River and Through the Woods

We were never big on the extended-family holiday when I was a kid.  However, my most memorable Thanksgiving is, in fact, one where we went to my grandmother's house.  That was a tough trek, probably 10 or 12 stairs up to her apartment from ours.  Phew! 

Despite her sweet tooth, my sister was not fond of candied yams.  She jokingly shoved the lock closed on the oven while they were baking, and because of the heat, the oven elected to stay locked for about four hours.  Sarah was quite pleased with herself that evening, to be sure.  Me, not so much.

As you're reading this, we have hopefully completed the 500-mile journey back to Wisconsin to be with family and gorge ourselves on turkey and pie.  I realize that some of you have arduous commutes to your family homes for the holiday as well, and as such thought we'd celebrate Grandma, Nana, Oma, Granny, Gramma or whatever you happened to call your female ancestors.  The actresses listed below have all portrayed a grandmother on the big screen, some more than once.  Identify the films in which each of these women played a grandmotherly role.

  • Katherine Hepburn
  • Sandy Martin
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Sylvia Sidney
  • Carol Kane
  • Billie Bird
  • Diane Ladd
  • Holland Taylor
  • Maureen Stapleton
  • Eileen Ryan

Show your work, kids!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 

Extra credit?  Name two other songs besides the one hinted at in the title that also talk about Grandma.


Daisy said...

Good morning, Elliott! It's much too early for my brain to function well enough to answer your movie quiz, and the only Grandma song I can think of is "Grandma, got run over by a reindeer." (If you can call that a song!)

I do wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, though! Hope you enjoy your day. :-)

Bev said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Elliott!

I don't know many of these answers, but I do know that Katharine Hepburn was a grandma in On Golden Pond, Cloris Leachman was in Spanglish, and Maureen Stapleton was in Cocoon.

Enjoy your pie!!

Nej said...

Grandma meeting an untimely death via a four legged antlered creature is the only one I can think of as well. Dang, no I AM going to have to go online and look up the answer! :-)

Be nice and share!

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