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She’s a darling (Lee Remick)

The Go-Betweens are one of the three best groups to come from Australia (none of the other two are the Bee Gees !). Their 1978 single is a punky prothalamium to, in my opinion, the finest American film actress of the 1960s.

“I make movies for grownups. When Hollywood starts making them again, I’ll start acting in them again.” (Lee Remick).

If your TV offers any movie involving Lee Remick then there are worse films to watch. An actress of great range and natural beauty who did not have to bother with the usual Hollywood fluff, her career spanned a time when adults went to the cinema and films were made for them. She was a woman of great taste too. She was married to an Englishman !

In “Anatomy of A Murder”(1959), Otto Preminger’s classic courtroom drama. Lee plays a rape victim who’s cop husband (Ben Gazzara) murders the perp and is defended by James Stewart. The music is by Duke Ellington. Classic and classy.

“Days of Wine and Roses” (1962) is a love triangle between a husband (Jack Lemmon), a wife (Remick) and alcohol. Both Oscar nominated the film is a ground-breaking, effective study in addiction. One for all the family.

Finally, on a slightly lighter note, “Never Give An Inch” (1971) is the film version of Ken Kesey’s other novel “Sometimes A Great Notion”. A sprawling tale of a family of Oregon lumberjacks Lee brings unlikely glamour to the back end of beyond as the wife of Paul Newman (equally glamourous) who also directed the movie. The film is not the triumph the book is but it more than has it’s moments and it has Lee Remick in it. Actually I damn it with faint praise here. “Never give An Inch” is a fine film.

Lee appeared in “The Omen” in 1976 but the movies were getting smaller. She was outstanding as Jennie, Lady Churchill, the mother of Winston in a TV mini-series. Unfortunately she died in 1991 at the terribly premature age of 55. The cult of celebrity has always been a factor in maintaining the reputation of Hollywood stars. We know little of Lee Remick except the quality of the work she left us. That, and as the Go-Betweens confirm, she’s a darling.


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Experience has taught me wisdom, thank god I've got some life left I'm getting out of serfdom, my soul has stand the test. I need nothing to be a man because I was born a man and i deserve the right to live like any other man.

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