Fans drive Ford tribute

Thesp honored by peers

Debbie Reynolds and Martin Landau, who co-starred with Glenn Ford in 1959’s “The Gazebo,” joined a crowd of the actor’s admirers — including Shirley Jones, Jamie Farr, Paul Mazursky and Stella Stevens — to celebrate Ford’s 90th birthday at the Egyptian Theater on May 1.

“This is long overdue,” Reynolds said of the tribute, echoing the night’s most popular sentiment — that the Academy should recognize Ford for his career of wide-ranging leading roles in romance, film noir, comedy and cowboy pics.

The event, organized by the American Cinematheque and Daily Variety, featured soldout screenings of the newly restored “Gilda” and Ford’s seldom-seen 1937 debut, as the eager emcee in “Night in Manhattan.”

Ford, unable to attend in person, was represented by son Peter Ford, who pointed out the tuxedo his father sported in that first short was the one Marlene Dietrich wore in “Morocco.”

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