Antonin Artaud was born on 4 September 1896. Here he is at 30, looking striking:
It’s that time of year again…
The Tempest is one of my favourite William Shakespeare plays. I thought that it would be fun to share, in no particular order, some of the many artworks inspired by this classic.
“I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (born 27 February 1807)
Circa 1823: A rendering of T.P. Cooke as Frankenstein’s Monster in a stage production of the famous novel
Long-Lost Silent Sherlock Holmes Movie is Found [courtesy The Hollywood Reporter]
This is terribly exciting news for fans of literature, theatre, and silent cinema.
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”-Ernest Hemingway
“Eulogy is nice but one does not learn anything from it.”-Ellen Terry
“Let them cant about decorum, who have characters to lose!”-Robert Burns
“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.”-Anton Chekhov
Playwright and short story genius Anton Chekhov and actress Olga Knipper had a short, independent, mostly long-distance marriage. It began with a low-key, very private wedding in May 1901, and ended with Chekhov’s tragic death three years later. Neither career was sacrificed to the traditional dictates of matrimony.
“Give me a wife who, like the moon, won’t appear in my sky every day.”-Anton Chekhov
“And what does it mean–dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive.”-Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”-Anton Chekhov, The Seagull
Anton Chekhov died on 15 July 1904, with his wife by his side. Olga Knipper outlived her husband by nearly fifty-five years.
Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on 5 November 1913.
She was a very, very fine actress of stage and screen. If you’ve only seen Gone with the Wind or A Streetcar Named Desire, you have missed some wonderful film performances. Her theatrical work has, of course, been lost to time. It’s a shame, because she was a serious and brilliant stage actress obsessively dedicated to her craft. Her film stardom was largely beside the point.-“I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.”-Vivien Leigh
She was married to this chap for two decades.
She died on 8 July 1967.
If I ever find a time machine, I will make dozens of stops just to see the magnetic and fiercely talented Vivien Leigh weave her magic across the world’s stages.