Actors Birthdays

Remembering Audrey Hepburn


On this day in 1929, Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium. Audrey would go on to become one of the most beloved of all the classic era film stars. Audrey would also become famous as a fashion icon, and for the great deal of charity work she undertook.

I like Audrey as an actress, but I like her more for who she was in real life; by all accounts(I have never heard or read a bad word about her)she was a kind, gentle and classy woman who treated everyone the same. There was nothing phoney about Audrey and it showed, she truly was someone who was beautiful inside and out.

If you want to know more about Audrey’s life, I highly recommend that you read this biography: Audrey Her Real Story by Alexander Walker. It is a thorough and moving account of her life and career, and features some beautiful personal and studio photos of Audrey.Photo0092

Despite her talent and fame, Audrey actually made very few films during her career, and I do find that a shame because she was a very good actress.

Here are my top five Audrey Hepburn film performances.

                              1- Sister Luke in The Nun’s Story.

                                 2- Holly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s .

                                 3-Princess Ann in Roman Holiday.

                   4- Suzy in Wait Until Dark.

          5- Sabrina in Sabrina.

Audrey passed away in 1993, following a battle with cancer. Happy Birthday, and R.I.P Audrey. Thank you for so many wonderful film memories.

Please share your thoughts on Audrey and her films below.

Actors Birthdays

Remembering Alan Rickman

Alan would have celebrated his 71st birthday today. We tragically lost this great actor(one of my all time favourites)in January last year. I miss him so much. One of the best actors of his generation. His rich, and instantly recognisable voice was a great asset to him. Perfectly at ease playing droll villains, romantic leads, or tragic characters he was always a welcome sight in any film.

I love him the most in the following films: Snow Cake, Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest,The Harry Potter series, Mesmer, Dogma, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Truly Madly Deeply, Die Hard and The Barchester Chronicles(TV series).

He is an actor who I will always miss, I grew up watching his films and he was someone who was always there. When I first heard that the Potter films were being made, I wished so hard that Alan would be cast as Snape; you cannot begin to imagine how happy I was when I read the news that he had actually joined the cast.

My all time favourite role of his will always be Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. He is heartbreaking as the gentle, kind and long suffering older love interest of Kate Winslet’s passionate, outgoing Marianne. I wish he had played the romantic lead more often.

R.I.P Alan. All sympathies to his family and friends. Happy Birthday, and thanks for so many wonderful film memories.


Actors Birthdays, Tributes To Classic Stars

Sidney Poitier At 90: In The Heat of the Night (1967)

Tomorrow (February 20th, 2017) is the 90th birthday of American actor Sidney Poitier. Born in Miami, Florida on February 20th, 1927 he would go on to become one of the finest actors of his generation, and a pioneer for future generations of African American actors.

Sidney’s characters were substantial roles (sadly, pretty much a first for African American performers), often authority figures such as detectives or teachers. With his powerful and distinctive voice, and dramatic intensity he is an actor who has your attention every second he is on the screen.

From a small (but key role) in Blackboard Jungle, to lead roles in The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, and To Sir With Love; Poitier quickly made a name for himself and became one of the best actors of his generation . He made history by winning the Best Actor Oscar in 1964, for his role in The Lilies of the Field.

In one of my all time favourites, he stars alongside Rod Steiger (1967’s superb Detective drama In The Heat of the Night.)

Set in the racist 60’s South, Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, a big city Detective brought into a small town Police Station on suspicion of murder, simply because he is a black man waiting to catch a train. When it’s discovered he is not only innocent, but also a Detective, he slowly gains the trust of the local officers. Gum chewing Police Chief Gillespie(Rod Steiger)begins to rethink his prejudice as he spends more time with Tibbs, the two slowly develop a bond of trust, and mutual respect and even friendship begins to develop between them. They must put aside their differences to try and solve the murder, before the killer escapes justice.

As they spend more time together Tibbs and Gillespie find themselves coming to respect and like each other. Their growing bond hopefully put some hope on the horizon that their relationship could soon be happening on a wide scale in real life.

I can’t even begin to imagine how groundbreaking Poitier’s character and performance were back in 67. The scene where he stands up to the racist plantation owner is incredibly powerful, and shows us that he will no longer stand for that hatred/treatment, times are changing.  A gripping story, featuring both Poitier and Steiger at their best.

My favourite scenes are the following. The “no pity, thank you” scene at Gillespie’s house. Tibbs and Gillespie’s first meeting the chief’s office. Tibbs, Gillespie and Wood in the café when they’re retracing officer Wood’s movements on the night of the murder. The slap scene. The scene between Tibbs and Mrs. Colbert when she is disgusted by the others behaviour towards him.

Happy birthday, Sidney. Thank you for so many wonderful film performances. I hope you have a lovely day, and that you are in good health. Maddy