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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Ann Blyth's Oscar-nominated role in MILDRED PIERCE - 1945


According to gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who reported in December 1947, “…Of all the promising youngsters in our town, I predict the brightest future for Ann. 
She’s got it. In Mildred Pierce, she stole many scenes from the star.”

TCM resisted the temptation to put this film-noir view of mother-daughter love on Mother's Day this year, but we see it's on the schedule for today. 

Have a look here at Ann Blyth's Oscar-nominated role in Mildred Pierce at this post on my Another Old Movie Blog. For more on the movie, and her career, have a look at 
my book on Ann's career -- Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Our Very Own - 1950


Ann Blyth stars with Farley Granger and Jane Wyatt in an absorbing family drama, Our Very Own (1950).  It's up next on TCM today, but you can read a detailed analysis of the film here at my Another Old Movie Blog, and also in my book on Ann's career -- Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Mildred Pierce (1945) lobby card

 


Ann Blyth co-stars with Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945) today on Turner Classic Movies.  

From my book on Ann's career -- Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.:

[Director Michael Curtiz] had not wanted the “goody-goody” Ann for the role of the evil daughter Veda, either, and need not have considered her when a vast number of young starlets were clamoring for the role.  Ann’s agent, Al Rockett campaigned on her behalf, insisting that she be allowed to test.  In a most unusual occurrence, established star Joan made the test with her.  As quoted by Joan C. Scrivani in her article on Mildred Pierce for Scarlet Street, 1994, Joan remembered:

“I was there when Ann came in.  She was so lovely that my first reaction was she’s too sweet; she’ll never be able to play the bitchy scenes.  But we read together and she was wonderful.  Then we tested together.  Ann was perfect.  She was the right age, the right type, a superb actress and singer.”

The test was directed by Michael Curtiz.  Ann remembered for an interview with Jessie Lilley in Scarlet Street:

“We took scenes from the movie as though we were actually shooting the movie.  We just didn’t read for the part; we filmed the test.”

Curtiz later told her, “in his wonderful Hungarian accent, (imitating him) ‘Don’t worry Annie.  You haff de part.’”  He became one of her most favorite directors.

 

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