My head is all a-swirl.....I know I will have some decisions to make! But I am happy that they have the schedule up.
But for some reason, all I've been doing lately is thinking about Capucine. Maybe because TCM FEST 2012
is supposed to be STYLISH for several reasons.
Sunday at 3:45 is the screening of The Pink Panther
and the delightful Robert Wagner is scheduled to introduce it.
I always enjoyed that naughty, light-hearted romp, with David Niven and Capucine.
Legendary director George Cukor once claimed that the camera had a love affair with "her" face. He was discussing the lovely Capucine, born Germaine Lefebvre in France in 1928. Capucine received a BA in foreign languages, but balked at the suggestion from her parents that she should be a schoolteacher.
She supposedly was discovered by a French fashion photographer while riding in a carriage, but by noticing how she walked, talked, and enjoyed her love affair with every camera she met, her carriage, her own personal energy and style is what made her so beautiful for us to watch on the screen. And her words and expressions in English were spoken in a lilting husky whisper that would register in a higher pitch when she grew angry or frustrated. North To Alaska
is another one of those films, besides The Pink Panther
, that gives her a wide range of expressive outlets for revealing rage, anger, and listening to her bubbly laughter.
While working as a high fashion model for Givenchy in Paris, she was supposedly discovered by high powered agent and
raconteur Charles Feldman. She also worked for the houses of Chanel, Maggy Rouff, and Christian Dior.
Capucine, which means nasturtium in French, was also a dear friend of another fashion flower, Audrey Hepburn, and was in attendance at Audrey's marriage ceremony to Andrea Dotti. Capucine and Audrey both lived in Switzerland, and spoke several languages, so not only did they both look divine, they probably sounded even more marvelous speaking in all those different romantic cadences.
Evidently, she had some happy moments in her life, and helped others to find it, too. Rumored to have been mentioned in the wills of William Holden, Darryl F. Zanuck, and Peter Sellers, Capucine lived in Lausanne, Switzerland for many years, and even though she suffered bouts of depression, she had many friends who tried to help her.
Capucine jumped from her 8-story apartment building in Lausanne in March of 1990, and her struggles were over.