Tuesday, September 28, 2010

gloria in excelsis

First, remember this:

In 1932, when James Whale cast her as a white flame, "young and handsome, silly and wicked!", she was twenty-two years old.

She was one hundred years old this July.
. .
She died on September 26th, having long since seen and heard everything it was possible to see and hear.
.Now, we have only her shadow, or rather her shadows - in Roman Scandals and The Invisible Man and Gold Diggers of 1935 and The Secret of the Blue Room and Prisoner of Shark Island and The Old Dark House.
. .
Find a large white space, pass a beam of light through her shadow, and nothing will have changed.
Reality is no substitute for this.
When the model for Da Vinci's Mona Lisa died, did her friends say, "now all we have left is that inadequate, ephemeral painting..."?

Farewell, Gloria Stuart (1910 - 2010)


Gordon Pasha said...

Matthew: I think this as fine a tribute as you have ever done, or for that matter – anyone else. Perfect in language, imagery and evocation. Gloria in Excelsis indeed. Best. Gerald.

Avalon76 said...

What a beautiful tribute. Nice work, Matthew. ^_^

May she rest in peace.

Amanda said...

Great tribute. Best I've seen. RIP Gloria

Mykal Banta said...

"You're wicked, too! You think of nothing but your long, straight legs and your lithe body; and how to please your man."

Oh, God, yes.

What a great life and a great woman. Thanks for noting such a passing.

Mykal Banta said...

Another Matthew perfect line:

"She died on September 26th, having long since seen and heard everything it was possible to see and hear.

I say again: Oh, Hell, yes.

Laura said...


Thanks for this tribute, Matthew.

Best wishes,

VP81955 said...

A heckuva tribute. Thank you for it, and thank you, Gloria.

kate gabrielle said...

Beautiful tribute. As soon as I heard she had passed away, I immediately thought of you.

Steve Miller, Writer of Stuff said...

This is the best tribute I've come across. Very nice work.

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