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Reblogged by me from PluckyChicken, my new favorite everything.
Originally posted on PluckyChicken:
Grayson Hall had a long and illustrious career, but The Collinsport Historical Society already blogged about it and somehow managed not to use the f-word even one time which for me is almost beyond the realm of possibility. Now it’s my turn to throw in a post with the rest of Grayson Hall Appreciation Bureau and the best I can do would be to pay her the highest compliment I can bestow upon an actress: Grayson Hall made Dr. Julia THE BADDEST VAMPIRE LOVIN’ FOX THERE WILL EVER BE. Grayson Hall made being tragically in love with the blood sucking undead cool before it was cool, and she wasn’t a swooning schoolgirl about it either. She was strong and stoic and when shit got serious, she lit a cigarette on a candelabra and kept it real because YOU DON’T GRADUATE FROM MED SCHOOL AND THEN PROCEED TO FALL APART WHEN YOU FIND OUT THAT THE NEW GUY AT COLLINWOOD IS A GODDAMN VAMPIRE. No, you keep your shit together because you’ve got like 12 other characters to play and at least one of them needs to be a total badass, so it might as well be Dr. Julia.
Friday, June 22– All Day! Mom would be delighted, and slightly mortified, but delight would win out.
Here’s the first group up:
The Drawing Room (Home of the Dark Shadows podcast)
On the latest installment of The Drawing Room podcast, Chrissy recites her poem, Ode to Hoffman, 1967, which celebrates Grayson Hall’s contribution to the early episodes of Dark Shadows. The poem is also available to read at the website.
Barnabas & Company
S. R. Shutt shares her thoughts on the artistry of Grayson Hall, playfully inspired by Wallace Stevens’ short verse cycle, Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird.
The Collinsport Historical Society
Jonathan Frid was the face of Dark Shadows, but Grayson Hall was it’s soul. Even though nobody ever made action figures or board games baed on her characters, Dark Shadows wouldn’t have been the same without her. Plus fan art, vintage newspaper clippings about Hall’s stage career and more throughout the day!
The Performance Art of Grayson Hall: Life On Two Levels
Using lines from her Oscar-nominated film Night of the Iguana as thematic bookends, Frank Jay Gruber discusses the differences between Grayson Hall’s film and television performance styles, and why each is distinct and memorable.
The Collins Foundation
“If you have to choose between real and interesting, choose interesting.” According to Patrick McCray, Grayson Hall gives us both in Dark Shadows.
The Classic Movie Lady
At age 13, this blogger’s favorite actress was Grayson Hall … and she had never seen Dark Shadows.
Yup, poetry. Two of them, to be precise.
The first was written in 1990 for a certain tv show. Intended to suggest the words of a certain still-living character expressing his love for his also still-living enamorata. Never used.
MGM Love Poem
I had no thought for Love,
Nor love for me. The stars
Still shone, the rivers ran
Ere I met her. Yet these now show
Themselves anew. The world
Has been reformed, for now
The stars are made complete by her
The rivers run at her command
And I myself am only whole
When she takes hold my hand.
The second was written in 1985, after the death of my mother.
Epazote, an Herb
Used to be a mystery
Down there on Fourteenth Street
Terra Incognita. You made it part of
Our mental map: the place to get
A tortilla press
Jalapenos, serranos and poblanos.
Everyone there spoke Spanish
Your French was useless with them.
They still told you where everything was.
We would enter the store,
Lists in hand, your wide blue writing
Raiding another climate to take home booty for dinner
We would laugh
At the oddly printed labels
At the strange dried plant parts
At the mystery of it all
You, my mother.
They have epazote now,
All your life
You never tasted it. We planted
Some in Central Park
Once, when I was nine
Me watching for cops, a mother
And young son, obviously planting
Marijuana. The epazote never grew.
When I saw it,
Cellophane packages behind the register,
I wanted to buy it all
Race back into your hospital room
Put some on your tongue
So you’d die
Having known how it tasted.