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Thursday, 7 July 2011
In 1978 a film version of Les misérables was shot quite close to where I live. It starred Anthony Perkins, John Gielgud, Celia Johnson, Flora Robson, and several other top-notch actors.
When time came to start filming they had still not found their Cosette, and the search was on.
Everyone said that my then 6 year old daughter 'Tenpin' was perfect for the part. She was the right age, she was quite slim, and with a minimum of make-up could easily have been made to appear 'gaunt'. She was also reasonably gregarious and stage savvy.
She was quite excited about the prospect of becoming a 'film star', and was eager to go. However, when we took her to meet the director, Glenn Jordan, she clammed-up; and refused to say a word (very out of character)!
Eventually the part was played by a girl named Caroline Ranglishe who was much too old, needed to be 100% dubbed (she spoke no English), and frankly was pretty useless.
Oh Tenpin. Had you only opened your mouth at that audition; you might now be divorcing your fifth husband, be appearing on the cover of Celebs-r-us Magazine, or be away on your regular visits to rehab. You might even have been making the obligatory 'Slimming the Cosette way' DVD. Oh well; stardom ain't all it's cracked up to be!
p.s. She now happily works for an Australian university.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!