Conroy’s proud of archive site
Best-selling author Pat Conroy said Friday he’s proud to have a vast collection of his papers and memorabilia kept in his “literary home” of South Carolina, where scholars will be able to study handwritten manuscripts of works like “The Great Santini” for years to come.
Thousands of pages of papers, scrapbooks and more are being archived at the University of South Carolina, in a state that is the setting for most of Conroy’s works.
He recalled that when his mother drove the family into the state decades ago to follow his military father’s career, “I didn’t know that when I crossed into South Carolina, it was my literary home.”
“My papers belong here,” said Conroy, 68. “I wanted them here, I am happy they are here, I am proud they are here.”
The author said they could have gone to his alma mater, The Citadel in Charleston, but the military school didn’t have the storage capacity to maintain them.
Conroy’s works consistently top best-seller lists and remain there for weeks. Several have been made into movies, including “The Prince of Tides,” which Barbra Streisand starred in and directed. Conroy co-wrote the screenplay, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination.
Rudolph plugs TV special
There’s no kitchen sink, but Maya Rudolph has thrown just about everything else into the opening number of her variety series inspired NBC special, “The Maya Rudolph Show.”
“There’s comedy and music and special guests and animals,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum said in a recent interview. The show premieres Monday (10 p.m. EDT).
“Well, there’s only one, I’m not going to lie,” Rudolph said with a smile. “There’s one pony that just shows up. I just felt like it was important to have.”
Also in the opener: guest stars Sean Hayes and fellow “SNL” alums Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg, as well as children and a plate spinner.
But that astronaut on stilts might have ended up on the cutting-room floor, she said.
Rudolph said she was inspired by “The Muppet Show” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” Burnett’s show “touched me in the same way that ‘Saturday Night Live’ did,” she said. “It was sort of this environment that was created that felt like this special place, and anything was possible. And people were just naturally giddy and happy when they came on.”
Gown to go on auction block
“Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery is selling the eye-catching gown she wore to last year’s Emmy Awards to help victims of the Syria civil war.
Christie’s auction house says the Prada dress, featuring a red halter-style top and burgundy skirt, will go under the hammer in London on June 20. Proceeds will go to humanitarian organization Oxfam. The gown is expected to fetch between $5,000 and $8,400.
The actress, who plays Lady Mary in the costume drama, visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan last year. She said she hoped the buyer “will get as much pleasure from it as I did when I wore it to the Emmy awards and that we can raise as much money as possible to support the Syrian people.”