Announcing It’s a Wonderful Life Blogathon: A 75th Anniversary Celebration!!

Hear ye, hear ye! One of the most beloved movies of all time is turning 75 years old this December! What better way to celebrate than with a blogathon honoring this timeless holiday classic?

Director Frank Capra didn’t set out to make a Perennial staple when choosing his next film project after returning from WWII, he simply liked the story.

Over time, It’s a Wonderful Life grew a fascinating life story all it’s own. And it keeps on growing as more fans embrace and tune in to the heartwarming tale of George Bailey and his triumphal realization that he really does have what the title claims – a wonderful life!

This blogathon is dedicated to all things It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). You may write about anything from George Bailey’s lasso to the various parodies/homages done over the years – except for sources with potentially sensitive material (such as Saturday Night Live).

Like the film itself, let’s keep this event as family friendly as possible 🙂

You may also choose to reflect on what the film means to you personally or to analyze a particular scene.

The choice is all yours, and I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you creative bloggers choose to take!

Even if you’re not a fan of the film, there might be something here for you too! Just remember to keep your post respectful, diplomatic, and clean, please. Thank you!

Here are some ideas to get you started…

  • Pre-Production
  • Post-Production
  • The Casting
  • The Cast
  • The Character Actors
  • The Child Actors
  • The Director
  • The Writers
  • The Source Material
  • The Music
  • Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart Collabs (as long as ‘Life’ is included)
  • The Legacy of the Film
  • The Special Snow Effects
  • AFI Listings for the film: Potter, George, & More
  • Favorite Moments
  • Personal Remembrances
  • Scene Analysis
  • Noir Elements
  • Remaining Cast Members
  • Nominations & Awards
  • Any of the Books about the Film
  • Adaptations: Radio, Stage, Film & TV
  • Remakes
  • Sequels

Websites of Interest

Check out the film’s IMDb HERE

See the film’s Wikipedia HERE

Find Parodies and Adaptations HERE

The Nitty Gritty

1. For this blogathon you may write about anything pertaining to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and its adaptations, sequels, parodies, and remakes, providing they do not include potentially sensitive material (such as Saturday Night Live). Like the film itself, let’s keep this event as family friendly as possible 🙂

2. A topic may be covered no more than 2 times, however there are no limits on personal remembrances of the film.

3. I will be accepting no more than 2 posts per person. All contributions must be new material only.

4. Whatever you choose, please make sure to mention the original film in your post as that’s what we are celebrating through this blogathon. Also, please keep the posts respectful, otherwise they will not be accepted.

5. In your post, please include one of the blogathon banners and link back to my blog and the post that I will release on December 11th so that others may read the wonderful entries.

6. To express your interest in participating, simply leave me a comment below with the name and URL of your blog and your topic of choice. I will add you to the roster once I’ve confirmed your topic.

7. The blogathon will take place on December 11th-13th, 2021. Please publish and send your link to me on a day that the event is running…And that’s it!

Please help yourself to a banner from down below to include in your post and to help spread the word. I am looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life with you!

Thank you, and I will see you in December!

List of Participants:

The Classic Movie Muse | TBA

Movies Meet Their Match |  TBA

Realweegiemidget Reviews |  It Happened One Christmas (1977)

Taking Up Room |  Favorite Moments from It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Caftan Woman | Bert & Ernie: An Overview of the Careers of Ward Bond & Frank Faylen

Old Books and Movies | Adventures in Odyssey’s Radio Show Remake“It’s a Pokenberry Christmas”

Journeys in Classic Film | The Use of Flashbacks & Nostalgia in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

I Found it at the Movies | Personal Thoughts on It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Nitrateglow | H. B. Warner as Mr. Gower & An Overview of His Career

Kelly Kitchens hosted by CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch | My Special Connection to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Coffee, Classics, & Craziness | Top 5 Moments that Make me Cry in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Flapper Dame | Why It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Still Matters and Always Will

Silver Screen Classics | A Study of the Themes in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Dbmoviesblog | Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life & Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

Magic Time | The Noir Elements of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy | Modern Dream Casting for It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Lee Mac | The Significance of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

18 Cinema Lane | TBA

The Classic Film Connection | It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – The Turning Point of James Stewart’s Career

A Person in the Dark | One of the Sexiest Kiss Scenes Ever

The Edge of the Precipice | Review of The Greatest Gift & Capra’s Inspiration

The Banners

How to Make a High Ridin’ Western in 5 Easy Steps: Go West, Young Lady (1941)

Trouble’s a brewin’ in Headstone…

Accosted mercilessly by unruly outlaw, Killer Pete, the weary townspeople turn to the outside in seeking aid.

A new sheriff, Tex Miller (Glenn Ford), aims to rid the town of its menace. What he doesn’t realize is that Belinda “Bill” Pendergast (Penny Singleton) has plans of her own up her sleeve to restore peace to Headstone.

Unfortunately for Tex, it will take him a few pies in the face before he finally gets the message.

1. Hire Unflappable Leads

Penny Singleton, darling of Columbia’s Blondie franchise, nabs the title role as Belinda “Bill” Pendergast, a gun slingin’, pie throwin’, high kickin’ gal if there ever was one. Bill is unafraid to get her hands dirty, whether performing an impromptu dance number, devising a clever ambush, or marching into enemy territory.

Let’s just say, when trouble comes knocking, you want her on your side.

Columbia Studios had a gold mine with Penny’s Blondie, casting her and Arthur Lake in a series of twenty-eight (!) films from 1938-1950. Go West, Young Lady is one of two films she made apart from the series during that time.

Glenn Ford follows up as Tex Miller, the brave young sheriff willing to save Headstone from its perpetrator.

Ford was just two years into his Columbia contract and fresh as a bright new penny.

Go West, Young Lady was his second western, a genre he loved and would go on to make twenty-six in his long and varied career. His propensity for the great outdoors, grace on a horse, and ability to portray no-nonsense, resolute characters in extraordinary circumstances made Ford a natural for the genre.

Ford’s Sheriff Miller is a reliable man, always on the heels of Killer Pete, and doing what needs to be done for the good of the town. Once he meets Bill he knows she’s the gal for him.

If only she would stay out of his way in capturing Pete, or vice versa!

Faint glimmers of the world weariness that mark Ford’s career come through in his performance. More so, the film gave him the chance to demonstrate his comedic talents which he would return to in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

On screen, Ford and Singleton display a seamless, easy rapport.

Just a year prior to Go West, Young Lady, Ford appeared alongside Singleton in Blondie Plays Cupid. Though that film did not pair them as love interests, it must have helped their working relationship.

In Go West, Young Lady, their sweet and innocent relationship is of an “on again, off again” nature that is absolutely adorable.

2. Stir in a Variety of Crowd-Pleasing Personalities

Filling out our cast is the inimitable Ann Miller as Lola, the saloon girl of the Crystal Palace, Charlie Ruggles as Bill’s trusty Uncle Jim, Allen Jenkins as Hank, Headstone’s scaredy cat deputy, Onslow Stevens as Lola’s tough guy boyfriend, Tom Hannegan, and Jed Prouty as Judge Harmon.

Allen Jenkins

3. Pepper the Story with Plenty of Extras (and a doggie, too!)

Although Go West, Young Lady is not a Blondie film, it bears the same writers (Karen DeWolf and Richard Flournoy), producer (Robert Sparks), and director (Frank R. Strayer).

The shenanigans Bill gets herself in and out of wouldn’t be out of place in a Blondie film. While I can’t entirely see Arthur Lake in Glenn Ford’s role, there are moments that would inescapably fit Dagwood’s character.

Fun bit of trivia: Producer Robert Sparks and Penny Singleton married in 1941, a union which lasted until his death in 1963.

As you can already tell from the title of the movie, the ladies get involved in a big way in this western.

Not only does Bill take matters into her own hands, she dukes it out with Lola in a tough and lengthy catfight, which leads to a great showdown between the women of the town and Killer Pete and his gang.

I’m glad the writers didn’t leave Bill alone in her pursuits. Her companion Waffles the dog has an important involvement in unraveling the plot. I love when writers add animals to the story, don’t you?

4. Don’t Skimp on the Wardrobe

Here’s one name I wasn’t expecting to see on the crew – Walter Plunkett, costume designer extraordinaire (Gone With the Wind, Singin’ in the Rain). Plunkett lends his usual brand of excellence to this gratifying B programmer.

Is it just me or does Penny’s bonnet look awfully familiar? Even the two tone of the ribbon is similar to Scarlett’s hat from Paris.

5. Let It Sing (and Dance)

In between the action, Go West, Young Lady intersperses a few musical numbers. And as to be expected, Ann Miller taps her way across the stage and bar top of the saloon in her impressive, fast as a speeding bullet signature style.

One of the highlights of the film is when Allen Jenkins joins Miller, in spurs, for a comical routine “I Wish I Were a Singing Cowboy.”

Penny Singleton also adds to the musical scene with her singing and dancing talents, while “The King of Western Swing” Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys contribute a charming authenticity and country sound of the Old West with the traditional “Ida Red.”

Conclusion

Don’t go looking for any deep social messages like others of the genre. You won’t find them here. Go West, Young Lady is simply a feel good western of the cozy, amusing variety that wraps up in a quick seventy minutes.

Due to Penny Singleton’s persona and fame at this point in her career and feisty Ann Miller as her foil, Go West, Young Lady offers a female centric western, while the musical interludes and familiar faces add a delightful medley of spices to the tried and true recipe for some good ol’ cowboy stew.

This post is my contribution to The Glenn Ford Blogathon hosted by Hamlette’s Soliloquy and Coffee, Classics and Craziness. Thank you for letting me participate, ladies! Head on over to their blogs to read more about the talented Glenn Ford!

Celebrating Esther Williams’ Centennial with 10 Favorite Swim Spectaculars

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting a blogathon in honor of one of my favorite stars and people, the Million Dollar Mermaid, Miss Esther Williams.

August 8, 2021 will mark the Centennial of Esther’s birth and while she is no longer with us, what she left behind is an incredible legacy full of cinematic treasures and a life story that continues to delight and inspire.

I could write endlessly about Esther because she means so much to me, but today I decided to talk about my favorite swim spectaculars. Summer is in full swing here and I can’t think of a better way to cool off than taking a dip with Esther, especially on her birthday.

1. Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949) – Title song

This film is near and dear to my heart because it was my first Esther Williams movie. As a little girl I imitated this scene whenever I went swimming and Esther became a role model for me from then on. You can read more about my admiration for Esther here.

2. Bathing Beauty (1944) – The finale

If there ever was a definition for showstopper – this is it. Fountains, fire, a bevy of swimmers, dancers and Esther like Venus rising from the water. The result? Over the top beauty on screen in the film which made Esther a star.

3. Neptune’s Daughter (1949) – The finale

The finale of this fun movie is colorful colorful and creative. I believe there is a Greek theme going on (correct me if I’m wrong, her headdress certainly gives me that vibe), and some impressive underwater choreography, but my favorite part is Esther’s intro as she gleams and shines in the spotlight. Absolutely stunning.

4. Bathing Beauty (1944) – “Magic is the Moonlight”

Esther’s opening routine in Bathing Beauty is special because this was her first foray into the Technicolor dream world that she became well known for. I love it because the number appears to be so natural, not in the least bit staged. It’s as if you had a pool party at your house and invited Esther Williams – these are the moves i imagine she would be doing. As it turns out Esther wrote in her autobiography that she choreographed this charming routine herself.

Fun fact: “Magic is the Moonlight” became Esther’s trademark song that nightclub orchestras would play upon her arrival.

5. Pagan Love Song (1950) – “Pagan Love Song”

I could watch this water ballet on repeat. Esther glides elegantly through the underwater landscape as fish swim calmly around her. Beautiful colors fill the eye as Howard Keel serenades us with the hypnotic title song. Ultimate escapism in the tropics with Esther and Howard.

6. Dangerous When Wet (1953) -“Ain’t Nature Grand”

Esther and future husband Fernando Lamas take to the water for a breezy duet in Dangerous When Wet. Like Esther, Lamas was a champion swimmer and as such he was able to match her stroke for stroke (a feat not usually accomplished by her leading men).

Fun fact: Lamas kept this a secret while at MGM for fear of being cast in all of Esther’s movies.

Many factors contribute to this making my list of favorites. The catchy song, the wonderful chemistry between the swimmers, and the light romantic mood that permeates the scene.

7. This Time for Keeps (1947) – “Ten Percent Off”

Esther and Jimmy Durante made an unlikely, but adorable team. They would star together again the following year in On An Island With You (1948), but in this film they performed a song and dance routine which ended with Esther diving in. The clever choreography (both dance and water ballet) for the film was done by Stanley Donen.

If Esther doesn’t look like a Mermaid Princess in this ensemble, then I don’t know what does. The sparkly silver suit and crown is gorgeous and is my favorite of her swim costumes.

8. Dangerous When Wet (1953) – Tom and Jerry Sequence

Talk about iconic. Esther’s dip with the famous cat and mouse is a pure delight to watch and even today with all our technical wizardry the effects hold up marvelously.

Esther recalled in her autobiography that upon previewing the film the audience didn’t believe she was underwater. The animators Hanna and Barbera proceeded to draw bubbles around her costing the studio $50,000. Upon hearing this Esther said, “I could have blown those bubbles for free. All you had to do was ask.”

9. Jupiter’s Darling (1955) – “I Have a Dream”

At first glance this appears to be an underwater noir where Esther gets kidnapped by some creepy dudes disguised in white. Nope. Try again.

This time Esther is in ancient Rome dreaming of her true love when suddenly she is startled by a series of statues that come to life and playfully flirt with her in her pool.

I have a fascination for all things Greek and Roman so I was bound to love this one. Once again Esther’s costume and crown are lovely. Her pool, surrounded by statues, pillars, and Greek key is to die for and the water ballet is completely over the top and a whole lot of fun.

Filming the “I Have a Dream” Water Ballet

10. Duchess of Idaho (1950) – “Melody in Swimtime” finale

Don’t you just love that cheeky play on words? Like the title says, Esther gets plenty of swim time in this number. Lucky for us because nothing is worse than a too short swim scene starring Esther Williams. Dancers surround the pool as Esther leisurely floats with male swimmers in this relaxing, romantic number. You can watch this sequence above. 

Esther was a natural. Her success was based on talent, hard work, and determination – the traits she learned as a champion swimmer. She had the right combination of sincerity and appeal that continued to capture the hearts of the public even after her career in movies ended.

Esther Williams was completely unique. Perhaps that’s why watching her is so special – because you know you’ll never see anything or anyone like her ever again.

This post is my contribution to the 100 Years of Esther Williams Blogathon hosted by Michaela at Love Letters to Hollywood. Thanks for hosting and letting me participate, Michaela! Grab your swimsuit and dive in to the rest of the posts celebrating Esther by clicking here.

Happy 100th Birthday to America’s Mermaid!

Thank you for reading!

One Touch of Venus (1948): Awakening the Goddess

Ava Gardner breathing her first breath as Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

I am always drawn to stories where a character is a fish out of water and must adjust to their new surroundings. This usually leads to many memorable and enlightening moments for both the stranger and those who accompany them. One Touch of Venus is one of those stories.

A department store worker’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down when his kiss brings a statue of Venus to life, setting a series of madcap adventures in motion.

on broadway

Kurt Weill; The Tinted Venus by Guthrie; Cheryl Crawford

The Broadway play One Touch of Venus came to life when costume designer Irene Sharaff presented the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie to composer Kurt Weill saying that the story would make a great musical.

Kurt Weill, intrigued with the material, brought producer Cheryl Crawford on board and as Crawford wrote in her autobiography, “It could involve the the world as we see it and as the goddess sees it and allow us to compare the two views, which would of course be quite different. I thought it could have social bearing and also be quite amusing.” Cheryl Crawford hired humorist S. J. Perelman and poet Ogden Nash to write the book, with Kurt Weill writing the music and Nash providing the lyrics.

After a share of turn-downs from European stars (including Marlene Dietrich), all-American Mary Martin was chosen to fill the shoes of the goddess Venus. In 1938, Martin made a noticeable splash in a Cole Porter musical singing “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” but her debut as a leading-lady in Venus forever cemented her status as a Broadway star. Martin would go on to originate iconic roles such as the leads in Peter Pan, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, and win four Tony awards during her lengthy career.

Kenny Baker, a singer who gained fame during the 1930’s on radio’s The Jack Benny Program then appeared in film musicals, was cast as Rodney Hatch. John Boles, a singer and actor of both stage and screen, was cast as Whitelaw Savory.

It seemed that the production was destined to succeed. With direction by Elia Kazan and choreography by Agnes de Mille, who had turned heads earlier that year with her groundbreaking work on Oklahoma!, Venus was a hit. The play ran for nearly two years beginning in 1943. Time magazine concurred that the show left behind “ready made formulas, but where Oklahoma! took the smooth, pleasant low road of picturesque folklore, Venus takes the high road of sophisticated fantasy.”

“Forty Minutes for Lunch” ballet
“Venus In Ozone Heights” ballet
Rodney Hatch & Venus Jones’s meet cute

On film

In 1945, Mary Pickford bought the rights to the play intending to film in Technicolor starring the original Broadway cast. This was abandoned due to Martin’s pregnancy and the property was sold to Universal in 1947. Director Irving Reis was assigned to the picture but dropped out suddenly and was replaced by William Seiter, a director with a touch for musicals (Roberta) and comedy (Sons of the Desert).

As often happened in Hollywood adaptations for the screen, many of the original songs were dropped and in this case, lyrics were re-written. Ann Ronell, most notable for the Disney hit “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” and “Willow Weep for Me,” wrote new lyrics replacing Nash’s “Foolish Heart” with “Don’t Look Now but My Heart Is Showing.”

On to the casting, and boy is it excellent! For the title role, the lovely Ava Gardner was chosen. Ava made her breakthrough in 1946 playing the femme fatale in Universal’s The Killers and was known for her exquisite beauty, glamour, and appeal. Her home studio, MGM, was not quite confident yet in adding her to their galaxy of top stars and often lent her to other studios. Just like her predecessor, Mary Martin, Venus played a significant role in Ava’s career.

Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski elaborate in Ava: A Life in Movies: “Before Venus, Ava’s glamorous image was mainly derived from the studio publicity machine. Now she was finally being given a role that perfectly suited her emerging public persona.”

On December 31, 1947, Variety reported: One Touch of Venus comes to the screen as a pleasant comedy fantasy. Ava Gardner steps into the top ranks as the goddess, Venus. Hers is a sock impression, bountifully physical and alluring, delivered with a delightfully sly instinct for comedy.

After Venus, Ava replaced Rita Hayworth as the love goddess of the movies, and held that position until Marilyn Monroe’s rise in the mid-50’s.

Robert Walker was cast as Eddie Hatch, the object of Venus’s desire. At the time, Walker’s image (to his chagrin) was that of the shy, small-town boys in the war years. He would give the performance of his tragically short career a few years later in Strangers on A Train (1951).

Providing a foil to Hatch is Tom Conway, accompanied by his long-suffering secretary played by Eve Arden. Arden, as always, steals each scene she is in. Dick Haymes stands in as Hatch’s best friend, and Hatch’s fiance is played by Olga San Juan.

I enjoy this movie very much. I feel that Ava Gardner strikes the perfect chord of innocence and sensuality while Robert Walker has the shy, sweet awkwardness down to a tee. Tom Conway and Eve Arden are delightful additions, and it’s fun seeing the whole cast get into their parts and enjoying themselves.

Through my research for this post, I’ve found that Venus is still being brought to life by repertory companies today. It is my dream to catch one of these performances and be swept away by this charming tale once again…

I’ll leave you with a playlist of highlights performed by the original Broadway cast of One Touch of Venus. I would have loved it if more of these made it into the movie, they are SO lovely. Enjoy!

This post is my contribution to Taking Up Room’s Broadway Bound Blogathon. Thanks for letting me participate, Rebecca! I have enjoyed this immensely. Click here to read the rest of the entries celebrating the Great White Way.

5 Reasons Why I Admire Esther Williams

My love for Esther Williams began when I was about ten years old while watching Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949), the one movie my family owned starring Esther. Although Esther had only one very short and simple swimming sequence, I was enraptured by her. As a girl who loved everything to do with mermaids (and to be honest, still does), I would then pretend I was Esther in our family swimming pool, mimicking her routine as best I could.

Esther was everything my ten year old self wanted to be – talented, beautiful, intelligent, and strong.

As a teenager I had the opportunity to rent more of scoured the shelves for Esther’s movies from my local library. Dangerous When Wet (1953) particularly stands out in my mind with the unforgettable Tom and Jerry sequence. Others included Neptune’s Daughter (1949), Pagan Love Song (1950), and Bathing Beauty (1944).

A few years ago I purchased a set of Esther’s movies distributed by TCM. Upon viewing these films again I discovered the magic had not faded. I was still captivated by Esther – her grace, style, and the amazing ballets. Wanting to to learn more about the making of these films led me to Esther’s delightful and eye-opening autobiography, Million Dollar Mermaid.

In these pages I discovered that Esther was not only an athletic, glamorous movie star who exemplified an unshakable work ethic, she also had the courage to match it.

5 Reasons Why I Admire Esther Williams

1. Her ability to find a constant in times of trouble

In Esther’s book she recounts a time in her teenage years when she was sexually abused by a trusted, adopted member of the family. Frightened to reveal his identity because of his threats, she kept this to herself for two years. Having been chosen to be part of a prestigious athletic club, she used her practice and training time to escape from reality. In the water, she found her source of comfort. Dominating the water also gave her a sense of control and a semblance of strength.

Here, at least in the pool, knifing through the water, I could be in control, I would be safe – for the moment.”

2. She was the catalyst for the creation of a genre

The Aquacade at the 1939 New York World’s Fair

In the 30’s and 40’s, synchronized swimming gained popularity due to Billy Rose’s Aquacade, a water show that drew in huge crowds and dazzled the public (in which Esther once was the lead female swimmer).

In the movies, a few musicals featured synchronized swimming, such as the Busby Berkeley sequences in The Kid from Spain (1932) and Footlight Parade (1933). But with Esther came the addition of Technicolor and the birth of the aqua musical.

Bathing Beauty (1944)

When Esther Williams signed a contract with MGM in 1941, the studio welcomed their new star with her own stage, Stage 30, and a twenty foot deep swimming pool equipped with a hydraulic lift. Little did Esther know that during her career at MGM she would become a top box office attraction in the 40’s and 50’s, earning the title America’s Mermaid.

3. She loved what she did

Although her job was not an easy one and required hours upon hours of being in the water, insane preparations to make her “waterproof,” and dangerous on-screen stunts, you would never know it for Esther always had a huge smile on her face. Despite the difficulties, she wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

I genuinely loved swimming and being underwater. It appeared as if I had invited the audience into the water with me, and it conveyed the sensation that being in there was absolutely delicious.”

4. She became an advocate for her sport

Bathing Beauty (1944)

According to Esther, “a year after Bathing Beauty (1944), the first synchronized swimming meet was held in Chicago. Then, in 1955, synchronized swimming became a recognized event, and was named a demonstration sport in 1956.” After that it was a struggle for the sport to be accepted into the Olympics. For years it was looked on as nothing more than a showbiz act.

Finally, in 1984, synchronized swimming made it to the Olympic games, and NBC called upon Esther to be a commentator.

I was touched to realize how these girls had seen those movies and gotten together in their little groups and wanted to swim pretty and not fast. They created a sport and went all over the world to teach it and sell it. I was proud to be there when it came into the Olympics. I was proud to be an inspiration, a godmother to a sport.”

5. She never quit the race

While her onscreen persona was one of scrupulous perfection, her real life was far from it. Despite troubled marriages, several on-set life threatening incidents, and criticism from those who did not appreciate Esther’s hard work and dedication to her art and sport, she never gave up.

During some periods in her life she doubted her own importance and abilities. To be a respected actress was something she craved as she was constantly berated about her acting. Over time she realized her unique talent, embraced it, and looked back fondly on all the life experiences she had been given as a result.

I guess that’s what I was trying to tell those Olympic champions when I told them that when they ran into life’s problems, they should never despair, even after temporary discouragement or defeat. I told them they should call upon their inner spirit to see them through. We can’t all win Olympic gold medals. Even I never won one. But the message applies to all of us because each of us in our own way has races to run or swim. And with sufficient endurance and courage, we all can achieve some kind of victory in our lives.”

Please forgive the awful quality of the video, otherwise it is simply delightful!

Thanks for reading and for visiting The Classic Movie Muse!