Ann Blyth was seriously injured when she was 16 years old, requiring a long convalescence as her career was put on hold -- and some feared her injury would end her career.
A few weeks ago we had a look at a photo in this post taken by the Universal studio of Ann at home, as she took part in a publicity chore which actually could be seen an invasion of her privacy. The scrutiny required by the publicity department became a bit more personal when a series of photos was taken of Ann recovering at home, an invalid confined to her bed in a body cast.
Here we see Ann posed as if making up before a hand mirror, gamely continuing with the priorities of a teenage girl. Underneath the bed jacket peeks the signatures and messages of family and friends on the body cast. Surely visits from friends were more welcome than from the photographers, but she was a professional and did her job.
The episode of her injury on a toboggan is recounted in my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.:
‘Have faith, my darling,’ she said. ‘You’ll walk.’”
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