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The Tuesday quiz will be the next post!
A few fun facts about the suave Archibald Leach…He was born in England in 1904. When we was 12 his mother suffered a severe nervous breakdown so he ran away at 13 and joined Bob Pender’s Troupe, but his father found him and brought him home. A year and half later he rejoined the troupe (with his father’s blessing) and travelled around England before the troupe headed to New York City in 1920. He worked as a stilt walker at Coney Island and as an audience plant with a mind-reading act before working on Broadway. He became a US citizen in 1942. Married five times, divorced four and the father of one child. He died in 1986 at the age of 82 of a stroke.
My favorite Cary movie if The Philadelphia Story. Do you have a favorite?
Jeannette writes about her childhood traveling from state to state with her parents and three siblings. She starts by telling her first memory, when she was boiling hotdogs and caught herself on fire – at the age of three. She spends six weeks in the hospital before her father breaks her out. So begins the adventure that is her life. The children grow up in extreme poverty.
It is the even-handed way that Walls tells her story that makes this book so wonderful. She is not bitter or pointing fingers. During her childhood years she and her siblings accepted their life and their parents and it was only later after a move to West Virginia when things became unbearable that she became frustrated. I am in such awe of her ability to come out of her situation intact and successful. I don’t really want to spoil too many details because I think once you start reading it you won’t be able to put it down and at 288 pages it won’t take you long to finish. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
I read the first four books in her Outlander series back to back and this was no small feet since they were all 600+ pages. I also read them at a time when I was still working for Barnes & Noble and hand sold these to many customers, even quite a few men! It has romance and adventure, history, war and time travel. I met her at a book signing and she was smart and beautiful, add that to talented and she’s an easy pick!
Usually I fall in love with the performances or the story, but in this case I can’t choose one because I loved them both. Obviously, Johnny Depp is going to give you a good performance and this is one of his most normal roles. He plays a long-suffering man of the house struggling to keep it all together with little thought to his needs. But DiCaprio’s Arnie equally shines and he was more than deserving of the Academy Award nomination. This was Leonardo before Titanic and showing his acting chops. I was amazed at what he pulled off. Those two performances alone make this movie a must see.