Perfect Lovers: Me, big bosomy flowers and over-the-top old movies- sometimes together.
So, the other day, TCM, played the 1936 film Camille, directed by George Cukor, starring Greta Garbo (“I vant to be alone”), Robert Taylor, and Lionel Barrymore.
There I was, ready to go comatose with another episode of an HGTVish knock-off (seriously- you can not redo a kitchen, bath, roof, refinish floors, and repair a bad relationship with 15k- It takes more. Much more) and Ben Mankiewicz comes on with all of his cool Yiddish charm and teases me to stay put.
He looked me right in the eyes and said,
“Cheryllll, Greta may have been the daaling of Hollywood, lusted for by every leading man, sought after for her natural ability to convey eee-mooo-tion, but you, my love, eclipse her- shining bright in the annuls of Beauty and Talent. And Drama.”
“Don’t touch that remote. See with your own eyes- at the top of the hour- but first, a word from our sponsors.”
I’m not kidding.
Time enough to shower, put on fresh jammies, floss, pour a glass of bubbly, and gather a few of my favorite stems.
After all, Greta hasn’t been in a movie for ages…
Camellia japonica ‘Elegans’
cut from my garden.
|Camellia ‘Helen’s Ballerina’
Another perfect stem.
She dies at the end-