Sunday, December 15, 2013
Never to be Forgotten:
Peter O'Toole 1932-2013
In all honesty, I will remember him for Lawrence of Arabia, Lord Jim, What's New Pussycat?, The Lion In Winter, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year, Venus and Conversations with Dean Spanley, only the last of which can even kinda sorta be counted as fantasy. Most agree his best work was on stage and most agree he threw years of good work away with his love of the bottle. For all that, he was hilarious in My Favorite Year, he was gorgeous in Lawrence of Arabia, he was gorgeous and hilarious in What's New, Pussycat? And to top all that off, he fought Katherine Hepburn to a draw in The Lion In Winter. I'm not sure any of her co-stars did any better, and that would include Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne. A movie star at the head of that class is a movie star indeed.
Best wishes to the friends and family of Peter O'Toole, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.