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This Month's Quotable Notable:  Robert Osborne

Robert OsborneAs our Editor-At-Large, Tom Gates points out, no one is more closely associated with the Academy Awards than Robert Osborne.

He has been the official Red Carpet Greeter since 2006. He wrote the definitive Oscar book 80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards. And he even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition, he has been the host of Turner Classic Movies since it made its on-air debut in 1994.

In town for a preview of the official east coast Academy Award celebration at The New York Palace Hotel's renowned Gilt restaurant, the always dapper Mr. Osborne shared with Mr. Gates a few of his favorite things.

[] Favorite Work Location:  Two venues! Manhattan and Paris. And for exactly the same reasons -- they're both great places to eat and play after the work is finished for the day.

[] Favorite Hotel:  My absolute favorite domestic hotel is the Four Seasons in Atlanta and my favorite foreign hotel is the Ritz in Paris.

[] Favorite Holiday Destination:  Of all the places in the States -- I prefer my living room in Manhattan. Otherwise, it's Paris, France!

[] Favorite Book:  My all time favorite is Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge. I also like Ken Turan's Free For All: Joe Papp, the Public and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told (Doubleday).

[] Favorite Anticipated Destination:  The one place in the States that I'd like most to visit is Michigan's Mackinac Island. I would also love to see Sardinia.

[] What's Next?  I'll be hosting the first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood from April 22-25 which promises to be extensive, exhausting and one for the memory book.

[] Favorite restaurants:  In New York, for fast and really good basic food, the Brooklyn Diner on West 57 St between Broadway & 7th Ave as well as the more upscale Redeye Grill on 7th Ave. at 56th St.

(Mr. Osborne, who was born in the small town of Colfax (WA), is a graduate of the University of Washington's School of Journalism.)