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December 21, 2009


Thank you for also mentioning the Poles, homosexuals and gypsies who were also murdered. So many forget.

I'd like to echo Tina's comment.

You are a true film historian. Amazing. I hope you forward the posts where you honor deceased [or living] talent to surviving family members. What a gift!

aha, at last your eulogy for Jennifer Jones..I almost emailed you yesterday wondering whether it would come, as you also forgot Gene Barry who was in "La Cage' on Broadway, also at 90. As with your fascinaion with some aspects of Christianity, this movie always got to me, which I attribute to being born on the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin mary told her , she was tne
Immaculate Conception. Now I've discovered a new connecion with the book which rests on my bedside and from which i read excerpts occasionally. My husband's maternal grandmother married a cousin of Gustav Mahler to join Austrian Sociey after her husband was killed in WW1. My husband's other grandparents and aunt and uncle were killed or died in Auschwitz.

Great eulogy. She would be true oddity right now in Hollywood - someone who didn't think her life was anyone else's business.

I don't believe Jennifer did that many comedies, but she was a hoot in Beat the Devil, a movie I think is otherwise overrated.

Danny, I learn so much from your eulogies. Thanks for another enlightening piece. Did you know that Kendall used to call me Julifer Jones?

And how dare my husband criticize Love is a Many Splendored Thing -- one of my absolute favorites and a great performance by my beloved Jennifer Jones. Take back your words Mr. Miller or the many splendored thing is just goin' to be a memory for you!!!

Somehow, the title of this post perfectly sums up your blog. :)

Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

I always love your eulogies--you bring everything to life and have such a memory for details! Thanks for reminding me of many great movies...

I remember when SONG OF BERNADETTE came out. I saw it in our movie theatre in Great Neck, and thought it was wonderful. Though I was a 'fan', reading the then very tame Movie Magazines...I knew nothinmg of the inner problems of casting Linda Darnell or any of the other backstage problems. It is interesting to read about all these things some 60 plus odd years later...I'm glad I knew nothing about all that "Access Hollywood" type gossip because it might have tainted the film for my young teenage heart. BTW: The Musical Score for "Bernadette" was sublime! Really so very beautiful and moving. A recording was made and I played it so much that I wore all the 78's out...Alfred Newman, I think....

Personally, I liked Jennifer Jones' earlier performances the best. All the first movies you mentioned....But indeed, DUEL IN THE SUN was quite strange and for the first time I found Jones' acting rather strange---many peculiar mannerisms had crept into her acting and that seemed to continue and worsen, in my view, as time went on. It was as if her mental state was reflected in her acting and it was unsettling, especially when her earlier work, like "SINCE YOU WENT AWAY", etc., was so much simpler and un-neurotic and rather pure. I guess that was what began to show more on the screen---Her neurosis. It came through on that Big Screen and I began to find her difficult to watch.
Back to BERNADETTE for a moment, and Gladys Cooper. She was one of the truly Great Great English Actresses that took up residence here in Hollywood and they certainly cast her well for years and years and years, and her consistancy as an actress continued for as long as she was alive---so many perfect performances--never a false note, ever! I remember Joyce VP doing a TV show with her and a number of other English Ex-Pats and Joyce was in awe of all these really spectacular English Character actors and said what a privelage and a thrill it was to work with these TRUE Professionals---Coming from a 'true professional' this was high praise indeed. Remember how lovely Gladys Cooper was in "THE BISHOPS WIFE"...her performance moves me to this day!

Jennifer Jones was certainly an interesting and complex woman and that two such very powerful men were a huge part of her life is rather fascinating. Selznick and Norton Simon---powerhouses! In many ways, her life was a rather sad one, wasn't it? But how fabulous that we have these great performances of hers preseved on film, forever.
About the rouge in "Bernadette"...It certainly wasn't noticeable to the audience being in Black & White....!

That thing with the stealing of the sign and the further destruction of it was very scary and as you said gives one the feeling the Anti-Semitsim is truly "alive and well"....Very Frightening, I must say.
Sorry to go on so long, Danny. But your posts on certain filns and actors are always stimulating and bring back many memories.

A Very Merry, my dears!

I loved this post! I have a small special connection to Jennifer Jones. I spent most of my childhood years in Tulsa and my oddly-spelled name was inspired by a character she played in a movie. My dad was enamored of dark-haired beauties and was completely awe-struck when he saw Jennifer Jones in "Tender is the Night". He loved the name of her character Nicole, but had no idea how to correctly spell it, so he came up with his own. I've seen most of her movies, but your post makes me want to watch them all as a tribute.

It is because of Jennifer Jones' portrayal of St. Bernadette that I actually made a pilgrimage (as a Jew) to Lourdes in Oct. 2001, 3 weeks after 9-11.

It is a soul stirring performance. I also liked the film she made with Monty Clift in Italy during the mid-fifties.

May this great lady's soul rest in peace!

Dear Danny,Thank you so much for posting my thanksgiving poem to you and your family-I was thrilled because I lost the link to your site and I couldn't find it until today as I write this email to you(God answered my prayer).
I hope that you find some tranquility in other poems you can email privately if you wish-Danny that I've written.
I'll send you my other works as I also write children's poems too that your kids would enjoy (for teenagers too-the youngest of my three is 17 1/2)for the world to make it a better place for all people and for more seedlings towards world peace with tolarence as you do with your writings as well.
Danny-Please check out my Life Stitched With Prayer poem and others.
Sincerely Yours and God Bless-
D.K. Milgrim-Heath

So interesting. I'm a newcomer to your blog. As my own just-turned 15-year old daughter would say, this is sort of random (but not really, given the convergence of topics here): Have you read The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, by Daniel Mendelsohn? I believe the film rights have been sold, and it will be directed by Luc Godard. What do you think of that? Regards.

Apparently to you, it was okay when Jewish Bolsheviks where mass murdering 65 million innocent Russians and Ukrainians between 1919 and 1940. The Jews are considered the "victims" of the 20th century. The goof of human history!

Jennifer Jones had an ethereal quality that few actresses possess. This allowed her to play roles like A Portrait of Jeannie and make it really work. Her performance in Love Letters was also very special. She was extremely feminine in the best sense of that word. Her beauty was natural and not exaggerated. Yet she could play earthy characters as in Ruby Gentry. I saw an interview with Greg Peck who worked with her in Duel In the Sun. There was a scene in which she had to crawl over a rock outcrop towards him. Selznick made her do it so many times that her finger tips were bleeding. Peck got disgusted and refused to continue filming the scene. This was a brave thing to do as he was not yet an established star. She also could do comedy as in Beat the Devil which is a forgotten treasure. She was a one of a kind star. Boy could we use someone like her now! Thanks for this excellent website!

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