Rex Reed is a critic, columnist, journalist, author and lecturer whose film reviews appear every week in the New York Observer. He has been a film critic for Vogue, GQ: Holiday and Womens Wear Daily. For thirteen years, Reed was an arts critic for the New York Daily News, and for five years he was the film critic for the New York Post. Reed's articles and essays on the arts have appeared in almost every national magazine and newspaper in London and the U.S. He is the author of eight books about the movies, and his first novel, Personal Effects, sold 75,000 copies in its first printing and was optioned by NBC-TV for a four-hour miniseries.
As an actor, Reed appeared in the films Myra Breckinridge with Mae West and John Huston, Inchon! with Laurence Olivier, and Superman with Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando. He also appeared with Melina Mercouri, Laurence Olivier, Lillian Hellman, Edward Albee and other notables in Jules Dassin's antiwar film, The Rehearsal. He has been a member of the juries at the Montreal, Venice and Berlin film festivals, and is proud to be the only film critic in the world to have had a movie review (of the Oscar winning anti-Vietnam film Hearts And Minds) read aloud in both houses of Congress, thus becoming a permanent part of the Congressional Record. Reed is a member of the NewYork Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.
He has appeared for several years at the country's oldest and most successful fundraising benefit for AIDS, the S.T.A.G.E. Benefit in Los Angeles. For five years, he starred in the nationally syndicated television show, At the Movies. In 1993, he was inducted, along with James Carville and legendary Supreme Court Judge Minor Wisdom, into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in his native state. As a music critic and as an ardent supporter of Broadway show music, he shares the distinction with Kitty Carlisle Hart of being the longest-running host-narrator of Lyrics & Lyrics, and he has written liner notes for Liza Minnelli, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Eileen Farrell, Barbara Cook and many others. Reed has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. He holds a journalism degree from Louisiana State University and an honorary degree from Brandeis University. Rex is touring North America Fall 2011 until Fall 2013 with a show he created which has now played to rave reviews in New York and Texas. The show is called THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY: Ira Without George. In it, Reed serves as host for an all-star rotating cast of five that highlights the life and work of Ira Gerswhin, who Reed exposes as the unsung hero of the Gershwin family. "IRA" opened to five sold out performances at the 92nd Street Y in NYC and most recently played Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX and The 1894 Grand in Galveston, TX and will be touring California, Louisiana, and wil be returning to New York in Spring 2012. Perhaps the most celebrated of Mr. Reed's lectures in the enchanting and crowd pleasing (description below).
AN EVENING WITH REX REED...
Always colorful and often controversial, film critic Rex Reed has been at the forefront of the cinematic industry for decades. The former co-host of the syndicated television show “At the Movies” and current film critic/columnist for the New York Observer will tell tales about film personalities that only a true Hollywood insider could know in the amusingly acerbic style for which he is famous.