“I never had any real security in my life until I found the false security of stardom.” Robert Donat

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  1. October 4, 2014

    Wow, that’s a great quote. I’d borrow it for my novel if it weren’t finished.

  2. October 4, 2014

    I worked in the same company with Renee Asherson in the late 70s. We were doing three plays in rep. Alas, I wasn’t in the one that she was in but I’ve never forgotten having a conversation with her about a robbery she’d just had in which many of the items relating to Donat had been stolen. Heartbreaking.

  3. George Kaplan
    October 4, 2014

    Robert Donat was a splendid actor, and he seemed a pleasant and gentle man. He died much too young.

    • October 4, 2014

      A wonderful film presence, and a terrible loss at 53.

  4. October 4, 2014

    Oh-my-god. That’s got to be one of the top 3 best pictures you’ve ever posted. He’s divine. Btw have you ever read that book, I Look Divine? You should if you haven’t, it’s a good match with your writing style.
    I’ve been looking at my own glamorous pictures of yesteryear, wondering how long I’ll last, what the future will bring- if I’ll die alone, or if I’ll have a Bernard Lafferty holding my hand whilst cutting off the oxygen and taking my watch off my wrist with his feet 🙂 I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see- and feign surprise!

  5. October 4, 2014

    “I Look Divine” is now in my queue, thank you so very much.
    As to glamour, in you I think it’s innate, and If I’m allowed to hazard a guess about your future I would say; full of love, and joy, and enough sass to run circles around any Lafferty.

  6. October 5, 2014

    Thank you for this and all your wonderful photographs and posts! I love how his expression, of a bit of wariness, perfectly matches the quote. And it makes you wonder, is false security, which you can see right through, better than no security at all?

    • October 5, 2014

      Sister C.
      You are so welcome! That is quite the question…maybe security tempered with awareness, which is hard to attain when wrestling (and I do mean wrestling) with stardom. xox, V

  7. George Kaplan
    October 5, 2014

    Apart from anything else, The Magic Box is a thoroughly charming and touching picture. Few actors are as innately likeable as Robert Donat. He’s like the anti-Marky Mark Wahlberg/Russell Crowe/James Woods! Oh, look out for a cameo by an extremely famous actor as a policeman…

    • October 5, 2014

      I had every intention of watching it last night, and then I got caught up in a book which I am pages away from finishing. So I must ask you this, who is in the cameo?!?

  8. George Kaplan
    October 5, 2014

    It is someone you featured mere days ago… Laurence Olivier!

    • October 5, 2014

      Now I HAVE to see it, thank you!

  9. George Kaplan
    October 5, 2014

    It’s a fun moment!

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