Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Tuesday is for Tuesday Weld plagiarism

From an enterprising reader comes yet another example of Duncan stringing together sentences lifted from Wikipedia to form a post for The Wit of the Staircase. This time the topic is Tuesday Weld. Any high school English teacher in American will recognize this type of "writing." Lazy students engage in it every day. What makes Duncan special is that her writing has been singled out as praiseworthy by people who should know better. People like Rosenbaum. Perhaps it's wikipedia's pages that should be praised.

Duncan on Tuesday Weld:

In 1961, after starring opposite Elvis Presley in Wild in the Country, he and Tuesday Weld began an off-screen romance. In Hollywood, her reputation for a reckless lifestyle was fodder for the gossip columnists and Louella Parsons reportedly said, as politely as possible, that "Miss Weld is not a very good representative for the motion picture industry." The romance with Elvis did not last long after Colonel Tom Parker cautioned Presley against the relationship, fearful it would harm his image.

Tuesday Weld appeared with Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen in the 1963 comedy/drama, Soldier in the Rain, and although her performance was well received, the film was only a minor success. Although frequently typecast as the "blonde in the tight sweater," both the critics and working members of the film industry acknowledged her talent.

Weld never achieved the level of stardom many thought her looks and talent could bring. In part, her lack of great success was a result of her turning down roles in films that became great successes and that made mega-stars out of others, such as Lolita, Bonnie and Clyde,True Grit, and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Although Weld had the final say in such matters, many question the quality of advice her agent was providing. Actor Roddy McDowall, who co-starred with her in a 1966 film, said: "no actress was ever so good in so many bad films."


Wikipedia on Weld:

In 1961, after starring opposite Elvis Presley in Wild in the Country, the two had an off-screen romance. However, in Hollywood, her reputation for recklessness was fodder for pulp magazines and the more malignant gossip columnists of the day. Louella Parsons reportedly said, "Miss Weld is not a very good representative for the motion picture industry".[citation needed]
Weld appeared with Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen in the 1963 comedy/drama Soldier in the Rain, and although her performance was well received, the film was only a minor success. Although frequently typecast as the "blonde in the tight sweater," critics and others in the film industry have acknowledged her talent. However, Weld never achieved the level of stardom many thought her looks and abilities would bring, partly as a result of her turning down roles in films that became great successes and that made stars of others, such as Lolita, Bonnie and Clyde, Rosemary's Baby, True Grit, and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Roddy McDowall, who co-starred with her in a 1966 film, said: "no actress was ever so good in so many bad films".[citation needed]

2 comments:

Rev. Dr. Incitatus said...

'Struth, this chick was something else. I hadn't heard of her until I picked up Newsweek today.

Man, if you're gonna rip somebody off, at least make an effort. This is a disgrace to the artform (of plagiarism I mean); no subtlety at all. The average eighth grader covers their tracks better than this.

Madness. Well, this whole sorry saga has given me and my mouse clicking finger something to do for the last hour, so I guess that's something.

I think this is my favourite find on the subject so far. More grist for the moonbats, I suppose.

Poulet said...

Welcome to the world of Theresa Duncan. Feel free to browse our archives for more plagiarism and links to other stories covering Duncan.