Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tennessee Williams

Well, we woke up to 21 degrees and another overnight snowfall. It's the 35th snowfall according to my count and it's one week until April Fools Day. It seems like us Midwesterners have been fools all winter this year.

Summerfest rumors for the ground stage are Ringo, Jimmy Buffett, Ray LaMontagne, Gavin DeGraw, Survivor and Hall & Oates. I'm betting 4 out of the 6 come to fruition. We shall see.

Patrice Wymore Flynn passed away this week in Portland Parish Jamaica where she had a cattle ranch. She was probably better known as the widow of the legendary actor Errol Flynn. Mr. Flynn starred in such classics as Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and They Died with Their Boots On which is one of my favorite all time movies about General Custer. Amazingly, he was never nominated for an Academy Award for his body of work. There's been rumors of a posthumous lifetime achievement award but so far no dice.

Mrs. Flynn was a busy actress in her own right starring in Vaudeville as a child and appearing in Ocean's Eleven with Frank Sinatra. She made Jamaica her permanent home for over 40 years. Her 1800 acre cattle ranch was very successful and she was a true ambassador in promoting the Port Antonio, Jamaica tourism area.

A long lost 14 page unpublished manuscript written by Tennessee Williams was recently discovered. The story titled "Crazy Night" will be in the newest issue of Strand Magazine.  It was a mystery story written before his legendary Broadway plays "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Tennessee Williams lived in Key West for 34 years as his primary residence. His home on Duncan Street is privately owned today. By all accounts he truly loved living in Key West. The island certainly didn't forget Mr. Williams. The performance arts theatre is named after him. www.tennesseewilliamstheatre.com


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