Vivien Leigh. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, I recall many years ago filming a documentary about Vivien Leigh for Channel 4 in which I commented that her life and her art on screen were in total harmony: from the skittish, delicious, courageous minx Scarlett O’Hara … Continue reading

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Postcards from the Edge. December 2016.

Dear Rowley, I do believe that symmetry in time is never purely coincidental. A day after her daughter died, Hollywood musical royalty Debbie Reynolds has also passed away saying she wanted to be with the brilliant actress/author Carrie Fisher. Can … Continue reading

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Cascades. August 2016.

Dear Rowley, Since we last corresponded, I am still in the hospital in Toronto but am now free to be at large from 6am to 9pm outside the fifth floor ward. This has given me forty-eight hours and counting to … Continue reading

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Caroline Aherne. July 2016.

Dear Rowley, Like her TV Mum Su Johnston, I am so, so sorry to hear of the death of comedienne Caroline Aherne in her early fifties. This wickedly funny, complex character first appeared in the national consciousness as television chat … Continue reading

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How Much Can One Bi-Polar Bear? June 2014.

Dear Rowley, There are certain movies that I can’t bear to watch again. One of them is Vivien Leigh’s performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. I heartily dislike Tennessee Williams. His cruelty towards his heroines turns my stomach over and makes … Continue reading

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