A Farewell to Classic Actress Tourney 2013

Dear readers,

I have had so much fun co-hosting this tournament this year. In fact, I think I had more fun this year than last year, my first time at bat. I think this is because I knew more about my duties and what I am supposed to do as a co-host, as well as the fact that I hosted the same 1940s decade as last year, which is also my favorite decade of film.

As you all know, this is a blog dedicated to Rosalind Russell, and while she did not even make it past Round 1 (tear!), I hope she will do better in the future. I have always considered Rosalind a severely underrated actress, even though she was nominated for an Oscar four times and nominated for a Golden Globe five times (and won every time!). However, the truly remarkable thing about Roz is her true personality and real self. From what I know of her, I think of her as a rather selfless person who would give so much of her time away from her “day job” as actress, wife, and mother to charities. The only Oscar she received was not for her acting work, but for her charity work. I just started writing this freely as words came to my mind, so now that this is in the front of my mind, I’d like to share with you Roz’s acceptance speech of that lone Oscar, which was so special and sweet to her and to her fans, I am sure. This video always makes me tear up a little because she had been so ill at the time (from her cancer, perhaps, but mostly from her rheumatoid arthritis, for which she had to take cortisone shots that disfigured her figure and bloated her face). Take a look!

And once again, I would like to thank Monty of All Good Things for asking me to co-host the tournament this year and I hope to make a good impression next year as well. I hope everyone had a good time voting for their favorite actresses, even if some were surprised by the results. It was such good fun! Until next year!

Better luck next year, Roz! We love you!
Here is the video:

6 thoughts on “A Farewell to Classic Actress Tourney 2013”

  1. Touching Desiree..I had never seen this before. It moved me as well. Thank you for posting about this amazing woman..Rosalind Russell!

    1. I’m glad you watched the video and enjoyed it… It is probably my favorite video of Roz herself… there is something very touching about it

  2. This is one of my favorite videos of her, as well. This is a beautiful post, Desiree. She was truly amazing. One of the things I love most about her is that she was REAL. She was never untouchable and fake like so many other actresses. She was herself…warm, friendly, giving, and wonderful.
    Thanks for keeping her memory and work alive! 🙂

    1. Exactly! Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful comment, Jessica. It describes her to a T. That’s also one of the main reasons why she’s my favorite! I love keeping her memory alive. It’s necessary 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful clip! she was truly a wonderful, special, kind and down to earth lady. Frank Sinatra and Rosalind Russell friendship always seemed like such an odd couple to me but I found his speech about his dear friend Roz very moving as well. Thanks again Desiree 🙂

    1. I enjoy sharing these kinds of things… sometimes I wonder if I share these things too much, but then I Think, I probably have newer followers that haven’t seen it or would enjoy watching it again… I agree about Frank Sinatra. They seemed nothing alike, but they just adored each other! You never know who will be your friend, I guess 🙂

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