Which inspiration would you play?

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    Hi all,

    Thankyou for responding with such lively enthusiasm to the threads I began last week.

    Here's a 'new one' - Which real-life inspiration of yours would you like to play on stage or film?

    Mine would be Winston Churchill...

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    Do you think? I can't say I'd ever noticed (oops!) but she had the most fascinating life - in no small part her relationships with Spencer Tracy and Howard Hughes, and... Well. fascinating...!

    :)

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    Hmm, I never understand the fascination with Audrey!!

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  • Lucy Perkins

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    I dont think Audrey was a terrible actress! She couldn't sing though..

    The fascination with I think, was that she broke the mold of the typical studio actress, she was skinny and tomboyish and unusual looking, yet was utterly beautiful and compelling. I think she rocks :)

    Lx

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    Ah, right. Gotcha.

    (I did wonder!)

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    Bush or Blair - corrupt, war-mongering, Christiam fundamentalist fruitcakes, secret society members, both doing what they're told.

    Plenty to have a go at there.

    all the best,

    cliff

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    Writing of politicians, I would also love to play the scheming Jeffrey Archer -what a character to have fun with!

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    Anyone who disrespects Audrey will have me to deal with - that's like dissing the Captain and Gooseman in my book. You have been warned!!

    She was the epitome of style and grace and, as Lucy said, she brought a different kind of femininity to the screen but it was also her humanitarian side, the fact that even behind the scenes she was a truly kind and caring person, a whole person, not just an actress who performed for the cameras and then became a diva off set, that made her something special and unique in her time. I have never seen or heard anyhting bad been said against her by those who knew her. How lovely to leave that as a legacy. Sorry, waxing lyrical now.

    Have a great day everyone!

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  • David Sayers

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    Ooh, this is a good thread.

    Like the idea of playing people with inner demons so would probably plum for either Keith Moon or Syd Barritt. Also think Alfed Hitchcock had some issues.

    As for Audrey Hepburn, has anyone seen 'Robin and Marion'? Her performance with Connery at the end of that always makes me cry. Maybe I'm just a softie!

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    Whilst I'm on my favourtie topic of Audrey, this is what she wrote when asked to share her "beauty tips." It was read at her funeral years later.

    For attractive lips, speak words of kindness...

    For lovely eyes, seekout the good in people.

    For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

    For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.

    For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.. People,even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed,

    and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

    Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

    Beautiful.

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  • Lucy Perkins

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    I've got that book Sasha, it's lovely isn't it?

    Yes Audrey was indeed an icon on all levels. I truly good egg.

    Lx

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    Ah Sayers, a fellow Keith Moon fan haha!

    I nearly got hold of the concert DVD recently from the Who's San Francisco Cow Palace gig where he took a horse tranquiliser pill before going on stage and collapsed twice during the show! Bless him...

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  • David Sayers

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    Classic Rock and Roll: a drummer so out of it he passes out in the middle of a concert! Never heard of Ringo doing that...

    Check out these links if you want to see what we're talking about:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fm51QBZYLU...search=keith%20moon

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5lNKS9C4uA...search=keith%20moon

    Heard a nasty rumour that Mike Myers was set to play Moon in a biog of his life. Please God, no!!!

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    Glad to see some fellow Keith Moon fans out there. The last I heard on Pete Townshends site was that Myers was due to be playing Moon mainly because he was bankrolling the film. Let's wait and see.

    Melissa - there's some interesting stuff in Richard Harris' biography about Soraya. Strangely enough Harris didn't refer to her as the princess with sad eyes. His recollections of her physicalities were slightly further south ;o)

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    ah Micky mighty Mickey! Aren't we getting funny!

    Thanks for that,i will definetly have a look at this biography.

    In France Soraya was called"la pricesse aux yeux triste"...

    Now why i'm not suprised Mr Harris had a different view/perspective lol

    Anyway hope to see you at the party.xx

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  • Blake J Askew

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    Strangley enough, I am doing PYGMALION at the moment and interestingly, the way that Eliza is portrayed in our production is very different from Audreys Version in MY FAIR LADY.

    She was an utterly gorgeous creature indeed, but I do have my doubts about her as Eliza now that I am in the play.

    For me, my main inspiratrion to propel me to become an actor was Michael Crawfords performance as The Phantom of the Opera. It hit a nerve in me that I have never forgotten. I was in South Africa and heard it on record and even that just did something.

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  • David Sayers

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    I know what you mean Blake. Michael Crawford doesn't get the recognition he deserves. Remember seeing the filmed version of his 'Barnum' show when I was young and listening to the soundtrack album for years (great, by the way). I remember watching him tightrope walk across the stage whilst singing and thinking 'bloody hell, that's REAL talent!'.

    Everyone remembers him for Frank Spencer but they should see him on stage to get a better idea of his talents.

    Oh, and he was the best phantom EVER.

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