• PTC Mourns the Passing of Robert Osborne

    by  • March 9, 2017 • Other • 0 Comments


    Our late Honorary Chairman, Steve Allen, believed that Hollywood could be a force for good in the world. Having worked in the movie, television and music industries in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, he had seen first-hand how movies could lift the spirits of the nation in time of war, how television programs could communicate timeless lessons to the families that gathered around their sets to watch together. Much of that has unfortunately been lost over the years.

    As host of Turner Classic Movies, Robert Osborne kept alive that little spark of wholesome, family-friendly entertainment that Hollywood produced during those golden years, while introducing new audiences to some of the greatest films of that era. A fan as well as film historian and actor who enjoyed close personal friendships with some of the brightest stars in Hollywood, Osborne’s love for classic movies was contagious; and he had a knack for making the familiar seem new again. Robert Osborne passed away this week. His gentle, kindly presence on TCM will be sorely missed. As will his personal stories and anecdotes about some of the biggest names from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

    TCM will be running a two-day tribute to Robert Osborne, March 18th and 19th that will feature his very first film introduction for MGM’s 1939 classic, “Gone with the Wind,” as well as some of his interviews and reminiscences.




    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

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