Sunday, January 15, 2006

Shelly Winters...

...died yesterday at 85. While this is sad news, it does remind me of a great night when I was a kid, watching a TV broadcast of The Poseidon Adventure with my family. My father never ever watched television except for the occasional tennis tournament, and I still have no idea why he joined us that night for a mediocre disaster flick (with a great cast, though!). But he was there when Shelly's character dove into the water to save the rest of the survivors in one of the film's great climaxes, and .... this is the moment the network picked to go to commercial! My father had us all cracking up though the entire commercial break with his panicked concern for the character, who had been left holding her breath and would not draw air again until we returned to the movie! Oh, that poor woman! How can she hold her breath that long?!? Surely she has drowned by now! Well, you get the idea...

I don't know if that's a good story or not (it might be one of those moments where you had to be there), but it makes me happy to remember it. I'm sorry to hear that Ms. Winters is gone, but she did have a great run while she was here -- she was a great story teller, kept busy well past the age when most women in her field have faded into oblivion (I loved her in Roseanne), and from what I hear, she was genuinely good people.

1 comment:

Keera Ann Fox said...

Yeah, it's a good story. Sorry I missed your dad's performance. And I'm gonna miss Shelley Winters, too. I always liked her.