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26 July 2009

Obsession is not too strong a word...


I've been trying (oh, alright, I've just started trying) to think up the people I'm more or less (more! more!) obsessed with. Ouch, prepositions can hurt, huh? I'll try again.

I've recently attempted to create a list of people whom...with...oh dear. You get the picture, I think. People with whom I'm obsessed. Yeah?

Anyway, Judy Garland was first, natch. Then Ginger, William Powell, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, and Sally Field (just humor me for a second, 'kay? ;) )

And then, of course, there are the people who have very little (or nothing) to do with movies. Edith Beale the younger, Dorothy Parker, Patty Hearst, and Tiny Tim. That made ten... a nice, round number.

So darn it all, Linda Darnell...you just had to make it eleven, didn't you?

I'm afraid it took me 19 long years to see A Letter to Three Wives, though I shouldn't count the first ten or so...I wasn't really conscious until age nine or ten, I think.

Anyway, I saw it last week. And again he next day. And then I watched that nice, if extraordinarily depressing A&E bio of Linda Darnell. And I was hooked (Ask Amazon-- they know). Oh well, I guess I could always clear more shelf room.


(Psst..does anyone know the deal between Linda and Otto Preminger?)

EDIT: Evidently Preminger gave Darnell a hard time on Forever Amber...but that's still too vague for me. :)

EDIT 2 (A P.P.S., if you will)


14 comments:

Meredith said...

i love that practically all of our obsessions are the same (minus linda darnell, tiny tim, patty hearst, and edith beale, though the latter is awesome and i wish i knew more about her. i saw the musical and was hooked).

some day i will stop staring at a letter to three wives in my instant queue and actually watch it.

Juliette. said...

Haha, what, no Tiny Tim obsession for you? ;)

Ooh, you should most definitely watch it...made me a fan in an instant. Or, check this out..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cef-S3oXSuA

Lovely!

Meredith said...

1) i LOVE what's my line. my favorite question remains dorothy kilgallen asking gene kelly if he once lost his pocketbook flying in a helicopter over the grecian islands. classic. 2) what a lovely voice she had! and sad that she died in such tragedy. :(

Meredith said...

also, i find it interesting that she was in the stage play of tea & sympathy (given my recent deborah kerr obsession, while we're on the subject of obsessions). i will have to look more into that.

Juliette. said...

I've never seen the Gene Kelly bit...I'll have to look it up. Sounds great. :)

Yeah! I was watching the biography of her and noticed they mentioned she did Tea and Sympathy on stage. I've never really been a big Deborah Kerr fan (or one at all, really), but I saw The Innocents a while ago and loved her performance in that. Before that one, I'd only seen her in The King and I...she seemed like a totally different gal in The Innocents.

Meredith said...

i love that we are seriously mind melding here. i too saw the innocents recently and was blown away by deb's performance (and blogged about it) and in the previously blog entry i talked about how i've done a total 180 re: deborah kerr because i used to dislike her as well and thought she seemed incredibly stuffy in the king and i, but in the past 2 weeks i've watched a number of her performances and she was really a far superior actress to what i'd previously given her credit for, and has become in that course of time a personal favorite. i love actresses that have an emotional reserve, where something always seems to be going on below the surface, and at the proper moments BAM with the emotion.

Juliette. said...

Wow, really? I'll have to check out that blog then. Stuffy, yeah, that's the word I was going for. I'd read "What Would Barbra Do," a book about musicals, and it described Deborah Kerr in The King and I as (I'm paraphrasing, obviously, haha) something like a cold English rain. So that's essentially how I'd thought of her until just recently.

It's funny how one can completely change opinion when it comes to something, actors in particular. I've always thought it would be interesting to make a list now of all the things I'm opposed to movie-wise, and see how it changes in a year or so. :)

Richard Hourula said...

Thanks for posting a comment on my blog. As a consequence I discovered yours and its really cool. Love the pics of Linda Darnell, she was a real dish. I'm obsessed with Stanwyck too. You also mentioned Patty Hearst which reminded me that I've been thinking of writing a post about my connections to her. Look for it soon.

Juliette. said...

Why thank you, I will indeed. A Hearst connection sounds fascinating.

Christopher said...

a Linda Darnell obsession is understandable..She was about as lovely as they come..
I was never a Deborah Kerr fan until I saw Heaven Knows Mr. Allison..a film I recommend sometime..I didn't think I'd like it...but I fell in love with Ms. Kerr in that,Nun outfit and all..she was just adorable..Its kinda like African Queen if you like that..

Juliette. said...

She was, wasn't she? It's sad (and odd) that people today don't know her as well as other actresses of the time. Or maybe that's just me.

Hm, sounds interesting...I'll be sure to look for it, thanks!

Rupert Alistair said...

I am crazy for Linda Darnell, have been ever since I saw A LETTER TO THREE WIVES in the mid-80's! WIVES is my alltime favorite film. Darnell was an exquisite beauty and made some super films; FOREVER AMBER, SUMMER STORM, MARK OF ZORRO, FALLEN ANGEL, I could go on & on & on.....

Rupert

Juliette. said...

A Letter to Three Wives is great-- glad you think so too. Joseph Mankiewicz is just marvelous. The writing in that one and All About Eve is some of the best I've ever heard.

I haven't seen Summer Storm or Mark of Zorro yet, but look forward to them! :)

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