Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Last week we were discussing the allegedly "hot" actor Brad, someone or other... mind like a sieve... em, oh yes Pitt (any relation to the famous "Pitt" family, I wonder?). Today I'd like to mention someone who was famous for being at the other end of the scale from Aimilia.
Dame Margaret Rutherford was brilliant as the eccentric "medium" in Blithe Spirit, and also starred as Miss Marple in a series of adaptations of Agatha Christie books. She was in her 70s when she made the films, and stars in them alongside her husband, Stringer Davis, who played the specially written character of "Mr Stringer".
Her Miss Marple is a very determined woman who doesn't let her age stop her participating in a variety of daring and energetic escapades, all, of course, with the aim of finding the murderer.
She was never considered to be an attractive woman, so throughout her career played mainly comic roles. She was proudly eccentric, something many of us Brits aspire to.
It's nice to have good-looking actresses in films. Nevertheless, most of them wouldn't be able to compete with MR in terms of character. It's difficult to imagine, say, Rachel "airhead" Weisz playing Miss Marple, even when she's old enough.
Her Miss Marple films do not follow the books very closely, and the character is not at all the same. Nevertheless, they are wonderfully entertaining. They were made in Agatha Christie's lifetime, and afterwards she dedicated one of her books: "To Margaret Rutherford. In admiration."