This is just a quick note to say I've been working all day on pictures of Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind and she is just so powerfully, terrifyingly beautiful it is making me insane.
True story: she haunts me. GWTW is my mom's favorite movie & I've been watching it (all 34983 hours of it) since I was a kid. When I see her face, it's like looking at a photo of a family member. But yeah, the kind of beautiful that makes you INSANE. I totally get it.
Vivien always makes me WANT to go insane. She was Heather Hickman's favorite actress, and they had some uncanny similarities. I cast Heather as Blanche when I directed a scene from "Streetcar" and she was frighteningly perfect.
I used to have cheap black and white postcards of old movie stars up in my kitchen at 1st St, and people would "autograph" them. Of course Heather had to sign Vivien's. She wrote, "Dear Tifanie, Sorry I'm so insane." The pen ran out of ink halfway throught the word "insane", but you could always make out the impression from the ball point pen. Did I ever show you that?
Sigh. Oh, and my mother was also a fiend for GWTW and it was the first and only book she ever read to me as a child.
I wish I could look at pictures of her all day. RIGHT NOW.