October 10, 2018 – Life is a Banquet

Rosalind Russell, American actress, comedian, screenwriter and singer, is known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy, “His Girl Friday” (one of my all-time favorite films) as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in “Auntie Mame” and Rose in “Gypsy.” The screenplay for “His Girl Friday” was adapted from the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. If you haven’t seen “The Front Page”, the original movie, I encourage you to give it a look-see.

Ms. Russell passed away in 1976 following a long battle with breast cancer. She was one of my top 5 favorite female entertainers not only because of her public talent, but because of steadfast convictions in her private life. I’d love to have seen her on the stage…she was multi-talented.

My favorite quote attributed to Ms. Russell was, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” I read her book, “Life is a Banquet” years ago and could hear her voice as I was reading her words.

Another quote of hers: “The secret of successful acting is identical with a woman’s beauty secret: joy in living.” Love that one. And I would love to have known her.

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