It seems such a short time since I published a post to you on your 107th birthday last July 3rd. I am delighted to still be around to write a post to celebrate your 108th !
I was reading the other day about a United States veteran who was 107 and I immediately thought of you and wished you could be here as this man still is. He looked ok for his age and I am SURE you would have been a very handsome 107. Sigh… miss you!
I have become a member of the American Film Institute in your honour. AFI website has a lot of information on the production of American films and I am busily compiling a file with that information about all your American films. I have checked the British Film Institute website seeking information about your British films but find no information there comparable to that found at AFI.
Yesterday I was re-reading your biography, “Memoirs of a Professional Cad” which you published in 1960 and I was struck by the way you casually denigrate yourself, such as on page 34 when you write “I never really thought I would make the grade. And let’s face I, I haven’t”. This from a man who won an Academy Award for his performance in “All About Eve”! You were wonderful in all your films, even those you did not care about such as The Saint films. You were an excellent actor! It saddens me that you were so insecure.
I have often wondered, George, how you, and those who loved you, celebrated your birthday. Did you have big parties? Somehow I doubt that since you were such a private person. More than likely just you and a few close friends and loved ones had diner or something simple. I know how I would have wanted you and me to celebrate your birthday, George!
I am still struggling to master the new WordPress’ format, as well as Windows 8, and I apologize to you for not publishing a more elaborate birthday post for you. Never fear, I will get better. As with anything involving you I will obsessively strive for perfection!
I have some new ideas for more posts, such as one discussing various of your movies, such as “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry”.
Also I am interested in preparing a post about the various hats you wore in different movies,
and one showing you dancing with various lucky women.
Look for these, George, this summer.
And always remember what Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
As you know, sweet George, these are my feelings for you!