August 14th marks a 40th anniversary. That's when THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW had its world premiere in Great Britain. It's the 20th Century Fox indie film adaptation of a popular stage musical. On screen was Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter, a mad scientist who sees himself as a sweet transvestite. From Transylvania.
Boone's credits include Chariots of Fire, Oscar winner for Best Picture of 1981 and The Right Stuff, Oscar nominee for Best Picture of 1982. For Columbia Pictures, he marketed Ghostbusters and A Soldier's Story, Oscar nominee for Best Picture of 1984.
In my career, I heard from TV & film cameramen that Ashley Boone was a beloved Hollywood figure. Some feel that, for about half a year when the studio was in bad financial shape, he practically ran 20th Century Fox had helped turn its fortunes around. I bet Hollywood journalist and TCM host, Robert Osborne, would know about that. I wish more people knew about Ashley Boone. He gave back to his film community. He taught in the University of Southern California film school for eight years. Mr. Boone died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at age 55.
About him being the mastermind behind the midnight screenings for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I didn't read that. I heard it from Hollywood insiders. But we get confirmation from his sister. Here they are in a photo.
And there you have it. Some Hollywood history behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show.