I WILL MISS YOU…

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WHAT DID KATE WHISPER

Maureen O’Hara passed away on October 24th, 2015.  She was 95 years old.  The spunky green-eyed, red-headed actress was best known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

O’Hara was born in Dublin, so when she played the role of Kate in “The Quiet Man”, it was a genuine and sincere performance.  It’s tradition in our house to watch the popular movie every St. Patrick’s Day.  Rarely do you see a true connection between actors – but in this film, you can tell that Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne have a true connection and worked well together.

Have you seen “The Quiet Man”?  If so, you are probably just as curious as I am to know what Maureen O’Hara whispered in the Duke’s ear at the end of the movie!  At the film’s conclusion, after the credits, we see Kate and Sean standing in their garden waving good-bye. Maureen O’Hara turns to John Wayne and whispers something in his ear, evoking a priceless reaction from Wayne. What was said was known only to O’Hara, Wayne and director John Ford. In exchange for saying this unscripted bit of text, O’Hara insisted that the exact line never be disclosed by any involved parties. In her memoirs she says that she refused to say the line at first as she “couldn’t possibly say that to Duke”, but Ford insisted, claiming he needed a genuine shock reaction from Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.

I’ve tried to find out – I’ve searched and googled it…  it seems she took the secret with her – sadly.  Whatever she whispered to him – it definitely got the desired shock reaction from him!  I won’t say it’s my favorite part of the movie, but I will say – it’s the most interesting – just because I’m nosey and want to know what she whispered.  Oh well…

I miss movies that have a bit of mystery.  Ones that hold a little back and make us want more.  Nowadays – everything just hangs out, leaving us in a perpetual state of TMI overkill.  The Golden age of Hollywood is gone.  I will miss Maureen O’Hara.  🙂

 

 

ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

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To celebrate ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY, I wanted to do something fun. Nobody wrote more fun music for movies than Henry Mancini! Of course, this is BABY ELEPHANT WALK, from the 1962 motion picture Hatari! I am a John Wayne fan and this is one of my favorite movies.

Years ago, a friend of mine collected figurines of elephants because she believed they brought her good luck. If her back yard had been large enough, she would have had a pet elephant – trust me.

As I did research for this post, I found some interesting fun facts about elephants that I did not know. Let’s learn together:

1. Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild or in captivity.

2. Elephants are the largest land animals in the world.

3. Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.

4. Elephants can hear each other’s trumpeting calls from up to 5 miles away.

5. Elephants can live for up to 70 years.

6. Elephants give HUGS by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.

7. Elephants have pads on their feet that act to cushion each step, absorbing impact.

8. Elephants are blind at birth, and some suck their trunks, much like human babies suck their thumbs.

9. Elephants flap their wet ears, cooling the blood in these veins which keeps the entire body cool.

10. Elephants (cows, females) are pregnant for 22 months.

Oh – and they know how to sling mud, so watch out…

And since I’ll never go on an African safari… guessing you won’t either… 😉

And more play – hey, let’s just step all over mom’s face!

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. – Rue McClanahan

I read that elephants have a philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. Are those little babies loved, or what? ❤