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Orson Welles: Chowhound?

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Orson Welles: Chowhound?

mc michael | Jun 21, 2002 12:59 PM

Certain rock music critics (oh well, Robert Hilburn) claim that The White Stripes' "The Union Forever" quotes lines from Welles' "Citizen Kane." Actually, it just lifts the "There is a man" song sung to Kane by Joseph Cotten. Welles was known for many appetites, among them for his love of food. Query: was he a chowhound, a foodie, or ??? In the early 70s, he was a regular at Patrick Terrail's Ma Maison in Beverly Hills. (If only I hadn't been so young, dumb and poor, maybe I could have eaten there--sigh.) One of the earliest chefs there was Wolfgang Puck. Terrail is the nephew of Claude Terrail, the owner and operator of La Tour D'argent in Paris. Last I could figure, Patrick Terrail (after unsuccessfully, trying to keep Drai's going in LA) and his wife were running a place in Newnan, Georgia (?) called Gaby's. It doesn't show up on any search of these boards I could muster. Anyway, next time you see "Citizen Kane" listen for the song and note that Welles and his cinematographer, Gregg Toland, had ceilings in the film before anyone else did ceilings. I think Welles also had a thing for Fudgesicles but maybe that's a myth.

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