Today is the start of the TCM Film Festival. The one that everyone speculated Olivia would be at. I think she really wanted to be there and TCM really wanted her there. But as anyone can imagine traveling is very difficult, especially when one is talking about traveling all the way from Paris, France to Los Angeles, California at 97 years old.
Yet, today is one of those days where Olivia is seemingly everywhere. Today Robert Osborne talked at the TCM Film Festival about how TCM did reach out to Olivia and really tried to bring her. It's the one thing I made a facebook page advocating for 5 years ago at "Bring Olivia de Havilland to the TCM Film Festival." Yet, even though she's not there in person, she has 3 films being screened and people have talked about her nonstop on social media, especially in the last couple of weeks. Her spirit and energy have seemingly crossed barriers even when she could not make the trip in person.
This evening just as the festival was kicking off, she appeared again, in an article on Time.com reflecting on Mickey Rooney:
Mickey, Mickey, Mickey. They say that you have died, but I find this hard to believe for you are so alive in my memory.
There you are, in the big room of the Chamber of Commerce building on Sunset Boulevard in the summer of 1934, a little boy passing easily as a nine-year-old when you are really thirteen. You hand me your work copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, climb onto the banquette beside me, place your head upon my lap, and ask me to awaken you nine lines before your cue.
Seven decades later there you are, in the rehearsal room of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard where 59 Oscar winners are gathering to rehearse their appearance at the Academy’s 75th anniversary broadcast.
I am early and already standing in my marks under D in line 1. You are early, too, and head to your own place which is alongside mine under R in line 2—but, seeing friends ahead, you go to greet them in your irrepressibly jovial way.
Only then do you return and look toward the entrance where new arrivals now appear.
I silently turn toward you, waiting for the moment I know will come. You sense something and glance briefly my way. Then you look again, recognition illuminating your face and tears springing to your eyes as you bound across the aisle, fling your arms around my waist, and pour forth lines of Shakespeare which are new to me but which come spontaneously to your lips as words meant for meetings like this one.
What a memory you have left with me to keep.
Olivia de Havilland
April 10, 2014
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