Over the years, more than a few show business performers have cited Carole Lombard as an influence, including Julie Newmar and Teri Garr. Now, add one more talented star to the list.
Christine Ebersole has won a Tony Award (like Newmar), has regularly appeared on TV, and her films have included "Tootsie" (alongside Garr) and "Amadeus." She's also renowned as an interpreter of standards and Broadway classics, from Rodgers & Hart to Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim.
She told the Los Angeles Times that Lombard was her "biggest influence," adding, "I loved her childlike mischievousness -- that, I identified with. She had a complete honesty about her performance. I was drawn to 'Twentieth Century.' I identify her with the sophistication and the acting of that era. I felt like I had lived then."
If you're in southern California this weekend, Ebersole will take part in "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation," with Sondheim and Brian Stokes Mitchell at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2746. 8 p.m. Saturday. Go to http://www.SCFTA.org to learn more.
Note: Weekend snows in the east prevented Sondheim from making it to Costa Mesa, but as they say in showbiz, the show must go on. Here's how it did: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/10/no-sondheim-but-the-show-merrily-rolls-along-in-costa-mesa.html.