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'lance
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posted 10 July 2003 03:07 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did we mark her passing anywhere? I've been searching with no success.

Anyway, the New Yorker this week has a wonderful, devastating account of her life:

quote:
She overcame every obstacle—horror, failure, love, the endings of most of her movies—to provide us with a continually renewed image of the strength that such overcoming required. We held her close not because she could act but because of the insistent life that hummed through every taut and peremptory inch of her, and that we imagined to be as natural as breathing or winning for someone so easily, imperiously free. It was in making us believe in this that she may have been our greatest actress of all.

Despite this peroration, she had a hard life in many ways. Not only did she wait hand and foot for many years on the demanding, alcoholic -- and married -- Spencer Tracy, but five -- five -- members of her family committed suicide, including her beloved older brother, whom she was the first to find after his death. She was thirteen years old.


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'lance
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posted 10 July 2003 09:46 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Shamelessly

BUMPED!

If nothing else, the New Yorker article is an excellent piece of writing.


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skdadl
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posted 10 July 2003 10:29 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am completely wrung out after reading that.

Of her honesty:

quote:
People die—you cry—but inside I was frozen.

I must lie down now. I shall speak to you of this demain, 'lance. Thank you.


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