|Remick & David Henidson in SUMMER & SMOKE|
"Here in this house in St Johns Wood are living two adults, two teenagers and a housekeeper. In Beverly Hills, for a menage like that, we would have to have five automobiles on display - and who, just who, hadn't got a swimming pool"?
The down-to-earth Remick, 36 here (she died in 1991 aged 55) talks about her Boston background (her family owned a department store) and her ballet training, to that eye catching debut of hers in Kazan's A FACE IN THE CROWD, and her favourite performance in his WILD RIVER opposite Montgomery Clift, a film I love and have to revisit every year, along with her terrific performances in ANATOMY OF A MURDER and DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES. It also goes into the fascination between the Lady she looks like and Tramp she has so often played.
On SUMMER AND SMOKE produced for the BBC by Cedric Messina she says "Tennessee Williams does write super parts for ladies, and I'm now at the age when I can do them. He integrates poetry into everyday language so it seems real without being pretentious. Its the kind of play they just wouldn't do on American TV just for its own sake, I mean they so rarely do plays at all. The only things they seem to do for actors are series like THE VIRGINIAN." (Of course the '80s which followed had all those glitzy series with los of roles for ageing actresses).
As mentioned before, Remick label, I met her at the BFI's NFT in 1970 when she was doing a Q&A appearance there, and she sat next to me in that spare seat I had in the front row, during the clips, as my guest could not turn up. We also saw her on stage here in 1976 in BUS STOP where she was a creditable Cherie with Kier Dullea as that very annoying cowboy! Below: Lee and Dirk in THE VISION, 1987.
Lee on the Joan Rivers Show, 1986: