I remember the first time I saw Rosalind Russell give that dynamic, memorable performance as Auntie Mame. The 1958 Warner Brothers comedy aired on KHJ TV/Channel 9, an independent station in Los Angeles. I think it was the Sunday "Million Dollar Movie" one night those many years ago when I was a youngster. Sundays were a family night for TV in our South Central L.A. household back then. Watching my mother react to Auntie Mame was as much fun as the movie itself. Mom hit high notes of laughter watching it. She laughed like my little sister and I did watching Saturday morning cartoons. Then, during a heartwarming scene with Mame and little Patrick, Mom had sentimental tears running down her cheeks. I probably don't have to tell you that Auntie Mame is one of my favorite feel-good classic comedies today. Like mother, like son. In this film history piece of mine, it's my opinion that this fabulous Rosalind Russell character is far more substantial that simply being "madcap." She's a loving family member who opens her arms wide to embrace diversity.