Film Critic & Historian, Living with Parkinson’s
One of the world’s most respected film critics and historians, Leonard Maltin is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide and 30 years as film critic on Entertainment Tonight. In 2015, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Inspired by actor Alan Alda’s announcement of his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Maltin publicly shared his own diagnosis in 2018. Speaking out about the disease that has affected Michael J. Fox, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt and others in public life, including the late Robin Williams, Johnny Cash, Pope John Paul II and Muhammed Ali, Maltin declared that "it's not a death sentence, not anywhere even close to that." Read More >
Movie critic and TV personality Leonard Maltin speaks candidly about how he has dealt with the sobering diagnosis that he received four years ago. Initially worried that sharing his Parkinson’s diagnosis would affect his very active professional life, Maltin decided to follow the example of others in Hollywood, including Michael J. Fox and Alan Alda, to publicly proclaim—and openly share—that he is living with Parkinson’s. Upon request, Leonard can be joined by his loving wife, Alice, who shares the perspective of the life partner/caregiver of someone with Parkinson’s.
In this fascinating keynote speech, Leonard Maltin draws on his vast knowledge of movie history to share the story of how immigrant Jews became movie moguls who sold WASP America an idealized, non-ethnic image of itself. He also takes audiences on a journey tracing the image of the Jew in films, from early stereotypes to cultural breakthroughs, from closeted stardom (Issur Demsky became Kirk Douglas, Betty Perske became Lauren Bacall) to modern-day box-office names like Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Scarlett Johanssen, Jonah Hill, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Timothée Chalamet.
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