Julie Andrews, Saul Chaplin and Robert Wise, on the Set of STAR! 1968.
We interrupt our regular programming of French films to bring you a special news bulletin…STAR! is 46 years old today!! Yep, that’s right, this chic-er than chic gem of a film had its Royal Gala World Premiere at the Dominion Theatre in London on 18 July, 1968.
As many would know, the occasion was something of a debacle. Despite having been given a huge buildup with months of worldwide publicity, and attracting a veritable Who’s Who of London’s glitterati (as seen here in this Movietone newsreel), the premiere of STAR! was, well, star-less! Held up with filming on the set of Darling Lili in Brussels, Julie regrettably had to send her apologies and was a last minute no-show. There was a huge kerfuffle in the British press over what was perceived to be Julie’s “snub,” so much so that some commentators even identify the STAR! Premiere as the turning point in Julie’s public fortune.
Either way, there’s been forty six years of water under that bridge and here in the Parallel Julie-verse July 18 is one of the grandest holy days on our annual calendar. So wherever you may be in this crazy world full of crazy contradictions, won’t you join is in charging a glass or even throwing a small party, preferably with tons of expensive ca-a-vi-ar, as we pay a birthday tribute to the genuine, positive, totally, marvellous, perfectly, wonderful STAR!
"An actress of instinct and impulse, of swift and sudden change, of ever-varying mood, she was herself a light that danced and swayed, that burnt, not with a dull lamp’s steady glow, but with all the divine uncertainty of flickering candles on a Christmas tree. To watch her move upon the stage, to hear her voice, was—for the author of the play she happened to be in—an unforgettable experience." Happy Birthday Gertrude Lawrence, July 4th, 1898-September 6th, 1952
Today in 1898 Gertrude Lawrence was born.
Happy 116th #historicbirthday to Gertrude Lawrence #illustration #drawing #fashion #fashionillustration #portrait. Get in touch here or Twitter @losttimedesign
"She has that terrible English strength that makes you wonder why they ever lost India.”
- Moss Hart
Cannot decide who’s cuter?!
Elsa Sciaparelli, 1937
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
From IMDb: This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons.
In my ongoing quest to find more Roger Livesey films online, I’ve just found Rembrandt (1936), starring Charles Laughton and Gertrude Lawrence. Supposedly Roger’s part in this is small but memorable—still, some Roger is better than no Roger at all, amirite folks?
Julie Andrews in Star! (1968)