COURTESY PHOTO | Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in the 1942 film ‘Mrs. Miniver’ with the elusive same-named rose.
If you’re my age, you remember World War II — the day it began and the day it ended. But we also know that our memories are not entirely reliable. So I’ve researched the story I want to tell you as carefully as I could, but if any of you remember or know some more sources, do get in touch — call me, I’m in the book. And I’ll try to distinguish between what I think I remember and what the literature says. (more…)
Roger Livesey and Wendy Hiller in a scene from ‘I Know Where I’m Going.’
There are times in every woman’s life when being a bit headstrong can be an excellent, and perhaps the only, way forward.
Think Scarlett O’Hara, Cleopatra, Mrs. Miniver, Joan of Arc, Norma Rae, Thelma and Louise. Q: Where would those first ladies of film be if they’d played by the rules and listened to the men in their lives who thought they knew best? A: On the cutting room floor. (more…)