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re: A 'Sunset Boulevard' for the ages
Last Edit: BroadwayTonyJ 06:07 pm EDT 04/17/21
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 06:01 pm EDT 04/17/21
In reply to: re: A 'Sunset Boulevard' for the ages - Michael_Portantiere 05:51 pm EDT 04/16/21

I agree. When Mrs. Patrick Campbell (at 55 years of age) reprised her role as Eliza in a 1920 London revival of Pygmalion, I doubt if anyone complained. However, I'm awfully glad Anthony Asquith went with Wendy Hiller (she was 26) in the '38 film version (over Shaw's suggestion to cast Mrs. Pat who was 73 at the time). I'm pretty sure Leslie Howard agreed with that decision.

I wonder if Elaine Stritch had Campbell in mind, when she wisely remarked "It's not the work that gets you; it's the stairs". Close should ponder that sentiment. The staircase in Desmond's mansion is a mighty tough climb.
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