May 3 would have been the 89th birthday of Robert Osborne, the beloved host of Turner Classic Movies from its inception in 1994 through his retirement in 2016. Osborne passed away in 2017, but thanks to a microsite within the American Film Institute’s website that is launching Monday — The Osborne Collection, at — his famously smart and genial TCM introductions will live on forever.

To celebrate the occasion, I recently sat down with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to record a conversation about Osborne’s life and legacy. Mankiewicz, of course, worked alongside Osborne for many years at TCM, and I have worked for many years at The Hollywood Reporter, as did Osborne from 1977 through 2009, largely covering matters related to the Academy Awards, about which Osborne literally wrote the book(s).

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