JAMES GARNER

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V is for “Vivien Leigh” (A to Z Challenge Continued)

Lauren Randalls Art

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This drawing has been unfinished for months, so I am happy to finally present Vivien Leigh. The detail on her outfit had me dreading this drawing… but it was such a good picture I had to do it. And yes, the flowers on her dress look weird like that in the original picture. I love the fierce look in her eyes. Seems like that’s the look she was always wearing… and I love it! I remember sitting in history class in high school watching Gone With The Wind and thinking, “Good grief this is the longest and most ridiculous movie!”. Now that I’m older I have much more appreciation for the movie. And Vivien’s bold and fierce attitude. This is actually the second portrait I’ve done of her. I drew this beaut when I first started drawing portraits. It is now proudly displayed in my Great Grandmother’s living room. Hope…

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Performance of the week: Vivien Leigh in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Vivien was a complete darling in this film.

Filmfreak!

Whenever an actress gives a legendary performance, it is inevitable that people feel this need to compare that performance to her other works. People tend to put down these other works because they don’t up to the legendary status of the iconic performances, but what I feel is that people also tend to overlook the fact that these performances are still solid, great works at the end of the day. You can say that had these “lesser” performances been performed by lesser actresses, they would have been considered outstanding achievements. It happens so many times, even today – Great Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs (Sorry, no point denying my admiration for this performance), Marvellous Meryl Streep in any one of her nominations following Sophie’s Choice etc.

For Vivien Leigh, it is not one, but two of such iconic performances that are widely regarded as the greatest of all time till…

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Eli Wallach dies at 98; actor best known for two classic westerns —- Los Angeles Times

rip Eli ❤

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

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A raucous storyteller, he would also recount his response to Francis Ford Coppola’s request that he appear as mobster Don Altobello, who suffers death by poisoned cannoli in “The Godfather Part III” (1990).

“Francis said, ‘I want you to play this old, old, old, old, marvelous old friend of the family,’“ Wallach told the Denver Post in 1991. “I said, ‘Listen, if I was such an old, old, old friend of the family, why wasn’t I in ‘Godfather I’ or ‘Godfather II’?”

Eli Wallach dies at 98; actor best known for two classic westerns – Los Angeles Times.

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