"When you’re between any sort of devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea sometimes looks very inviting" - The Deep Blue Sea (1955)
One of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Perhaps because of the long wait or the great expectation that I had. After 15 years of waiting, I managed to see this film at the film festival organized by the BFI in London, on the occasion of Vivien Liegh’s 100th.
Vivien Leigh for the first time on the big screen at BFI, London. And I was there.
It’s the100th Anniversary of birth of one of the most beautiful, talented, enigmatic and unforgettable actresses of Old Hollywood: Vivien Leigh. She chose to work in a few good film. She devoted herself to the theater. All remember her as Scarlett O’Hara, but she wasn’t just Scarlett O’Hara. She was Scarlett, Myra Lester, Blanche Dubois, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Anna Karenina, Emma Hamilton, Hester Collyer, Karen Stone, Anna Petrova. She loved intensely, as she suffered intensely. Her life was troubled. A life in constant struggle against mental illness that destroied her. Today I want to remember it with you with Shakespeare’s words:
"Now boast thee death in thy possession lies a lass unparalleled".
Happy centenary my love, my immortal, my everithing!
"…and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death." (Elizabeth Browning)
"Thanks for the tip. But when anything I wear doesn’t please Stephen, I take it off" - The Women (1939)
“I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star–just a film star– is such a false life, lived for fake values, and for publicity. Actresses go on for a long time and there are always marvelous parts to play.” - Vivien Leigh
“Some people need sequins, others don’t.” —Edith Head
Happy B- Day, Edith Head! The famous fashion designer, that costumed Bette in All About Eve, was born in San Bernardino, California on this date in 1897.
“My birth sign is Scorpio and they eat themselves up and burn themselves out. I swing between happiness and misery. I am part prude and part nonconformist. I say what I think and I don’t pretend and I am prepared to accept the consequences of my actions.” - Vivien Leigh
“I realize that the memories I cherish most are not the first night successes, but of simple, everyday things: walking through our garden in the country after rain; sitting outside a cafe in Provence, drinking the vin de pays; staying at a little hotel in an English market town with Larry, in the early days after our marriage, when he was serving in the Fleet Air Arm, and I was touring Scotland, so that we had to make long treks to spend weekends together.” - Vivien Leigh
After her first divorce, Bette received an anonymous letter from an angry woman. The woman said that because of Bette’s divorce, she, her husband, and her sons refused to watch any of her films ever again. “They all hate you and I think you belong in hell and I hope you go there,” she explained. Bette saved the letter for the rest of her life.