Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Love...

Zapping by chance: an old black and white movie on TV and suddenly a woman's face makes me tingle. A beautiful woman - but what I feel is more than admiration for her appearance. It is something very strong and vibrant. And deeply rooted in my past.

Who is that woman?

I check the program. And now I know. She is the woman I saw on the screen sixty years ago and remained sleepless for nights.



Her name is Maureen O'Hara.

She was my first love. I was twelve and her beauty and temperament completely overwhelmed me.

I saw her again, later, in other movies. Color changed her - fiery red hair and limpid green eyes added to her radiance. But the magic of the first encounter was gone.

Decades went by. I had completely forgotten my first love. Until last night. I searched the Internet for photos. Here she is, in all her glory.



(She is still alive - but no, I will not publish newer stills).

21 comments:

An-Lu said...

I'd prefer the old stills of "old loves" too. Just the way I used to know and recall them ;-)

irlandos said...

Welcome back.
I hope you enjoyed your vacations.

Yes, Irish women (!) can have the effects you described: overwhelming charm, causing sleepless nights … And deeply rooted memories.

First loves are sacred and beyond time.

harrylogue said...

Everybody has a romantic " first love " sensation...

Mine was...

Ornella Muti

& the Ferrari 400i...

Zoros said...

Welcome back!
She is truly beautiful!

Zoros

Yannis H said...

You're lucky to "find" her once more. My first TV love was a Greek woman playing a very small role in an old B&W series. I remember nothing about either the series or her Just that she had dark hair and glasses - she was sooo classy! I like to think she had a totally anti-star name, Papasomething. But perhaps I made this up...

Dion.M. said...

The first woman I loved was on the screen of course. If I remember well, my fifth love was a real person at the age of 15. My first love was Ingrid Bergman in the movie “For whom the bell tolls” I was ten years old and after the end of the movie, I asked my father again and again “the girl with fair blond hair, escaped daddy at the end! They didn’t shoot her… Did she?

gravoura said...

After a year from your last post in the previous blog, I found you. I missed you!!

First love(r) was Alain Delon. Very handsome and...bad!!! Now when I see his recent photo I feel sorry. The beauty has gone.

Antonios Liolios said...

Welcome back Niko dearest

My first celebrity love was Nadia Comaneci.

Years later I wondered what attracted me to her.

I had to reach maturity to find out!

Cheers to all!

doodler said...

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giant13 said...

Something like Doodler, my teen-love was Hayley Mills a british actress, the younger daughter of the late actor Sir John Mills.
She was starring in "Moon Spinners", a story about a jewel theft on the island of Crete.

Stavros P (isisdoros) said...

Welcome.
It's nice to meet again old friends.

Mistirios said...

Welcome back!

I have a thing for Ingrid Bergman...
(I guess i'll go for analysis. I want to know why cold blonds attract me)

athanasia said...

Welcome back. :)

The film was Jamaica Inn?

doodler said...

@athanasia

No,it was "This Land is Mine" a "patriotic" war-time film directed by Jean Renoir (of all people!)featuring Charles Laughton in the lead.

harrylogue said...

Was it a... silent movie ?

(...Just kiddin'... )

We r all young (...at heart...) here...

nikiplos said...

Doodler wellcome back!!!

A very sharp face indeed! And a really long-standing beauty...

When I was very young I was so influenced by dancers... My very first "love" was Linda Alma, a Greek dancer with a great captivating allure...

Dion.M. said...

Jamaica inn… Wonderful! I haven’t watched the film but I have read the novel of Daphne dy Maurier. I should find the DVD.

doodler said...

O'Hara was the favorite co star of Charles Laughton. Best movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jamaica Inn (Hitchcock) was her first appearance and their first movie together. You can see the whole movie:
here

Rallou said...

Nice to have you back...and all the rest of the crew!

Big kiss to all!

xxxx


p.s. need to talk politics...

delta_mike said...

Aaaah, Charles Laughton, I recently watched Billy Wilder's "Witness for the Prosecution" for the umpteenth time starring Laughton, Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich, the goddess of nonchalance for my money!

I am eternally in love with Lauren Bacall's looks (and lines); the quintessential babe (back from an era when babes could think)...

Love said...

A boy's "First Love" is always his Mom and till he realizes it he'll never fully understand another woman's Love.

Although Maureen O'Hara was a very sensual woman definitely worth climbing down from those high bells, my first silver screen love was Ingrid Bergman in another tolling the bell movie.

Who fears death following the eternal kiss from the Ingridwet mouth and eyes?

So lucky and so scared playing next to such a great actress was
poor Gary.
He didn't have a chance!