………….A visit to London for me was never complete without going to the Vin Mag shop (THE VINTAGE MAGAZINE SHOP) in Brewer street, so it is sad to read the announcement that the shop closed on 21 Sept.2016.
Manager, Paul Dempsey posted: “The shop is now closed and Bogart has left the building. Thank you to all who have supported us over 35 years in Brewer St.”
The ground floor and basement of the shop were always overflowing with film memorabilia – posters, magazines, film stills. Browsing was a delight. Much of the stock will now move online, but it wont be the same.
Back in the 1990’s, I was in the shop having my usual wander round when I suddenly saw a friend – we were both 400 miles from home, Alistair from the east coast of Scotland and myself from the west coast. We had landed in the shop at the very same time! No prearranged meeting, Alistair was only in town for the day. I call it the gravitational pull! Like minded folk often wind up in the same place, don’t we?
…………Filming has completed on FILM STARS DONT DIE IN LIVERPOOL, starring Annette Bening as GLORIA GRAHAME and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner. The film is based on Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name written in 1986.
When film roles were drying up, Gloria had returned to the stage where she had started her acting career. She had come over to England and did The Glass Menagerie in 1979. After meeting a young actor, Peter Turner, they were together for a while in England and in New York.
Gloria had been in remission from cancer, but in Sept.1981, the cancer returned while she was rehearsing another play. She collapsed in a hotel in Lancaster and and Peter was contacted at his home in Liverpool. He subsequently brought her to his family home where his family tried to look after her.
But she was dying and refused to go to hospital. Finally two of her children ,Timothy and Paulette flew to England and took her back to New York where she died in October of 1981, aged 57.
There will be a tie-in re-issue of the book when the film is released in 2017.
I was amazed to find an 12 minute audio interview with Gloria on You Tube. Dating from 1979 when Gloria was in Watford for ‘Rain’. I don’t know who the interviewer was , but he was dire, asking questions like, “You’ve never been married?” and saying, “You were just a supporting player in The Bad and the Beautiful.”
I didn’t know Gloria’s mother was Scottish – from Glasgow – Gloria did a pretty good Scottish accent during the interview. Most surprising was Gloria’s voice which didn’t sound at all what you remember from her films – a mid-Atlantic, almost refined accent.
Such a missed opportunity. With an experienced interviewer, Gloria sounded as if she would have willingly talked about her Hollywood career.And of course, a camera filming the interview!