Saturday, February 25, 2012

FIONNULA FLANAGAN WINS A WELL DESERVED AWARD



I couldn't find an edited version of this so you'll have to sit through the Irish president's introduction. But if you've never heard Irish spoken, it's worth it. Also just for the sheer unpretentiousness of my people. If it's one thing I was brought up to make fun of, it's pretentiousness.

Full disclosure, Fionnula's a friend I knew in L.A.  But I admired her acting before we met, and only regret I turned down her invitation for me to play the young James Joyce in her show, and the film of it, about Joyce's women. I was afraid I didn't have the acting chops to do a perfect Dublin accent. I feel now that I should have given it a try anyway.

But here's to Fionnula, a beautiful woman, a beautiful actor, and a beautiful soul. May she win many more. (And thanks to my friend Julie for sending me the link.]

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6 Comments:

Blogger Robert G. Zuckerman said...

I photographed Gerry Adams at her house years ago...everything you say is true about her, so gracious and unpretentious.

February 26, 2012 at 12:57:00 AM EST  
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February 26, 2012 at 9:28:00 AM EST  
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February 26, 2012 at 9:28:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lally said...

Cool Robert. I got a little heavy on the generalization up there about the irish. Obviously there is pretentiousness and unpretentiousness everywhere and among all groups. Maybe it just feels to me like the kind of irish I come from and for that matter the state I come from, New Jersey, seem to esteem unpretentiousness more than others.

February 26, 2012 at 9:45:00 AM EST  
Blogger Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Or as they say, don't suffer fools gladly, thus deletions of....fools.

I guess I must be a little New Jersey Irish, cuz I'm on board with the values and ways of which you speak.

February 26, 2012 at 10:20:00 AM EST  
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