Friday, October 07, 2011

Diane Cilento...

I'm very sorry to hear that the actress Diane Cilento has died. For Queenslanders in the 50s and 60s, the Cilento family were a very big deal. Diane's parents were Sir Raphael and Lady Cilento, both very famous doctors, and Lady Cilento wrote a column called Medical Mother in the Courier Mail, which my mother read religiously. I remember, she examined me when I was in teacher's college, to make sure I was fit to be a teacher. :) She told me to have my ear syringed.

Diane's most famous role was as Molly in Tom Jones, for which she received an Oscar nomination. The scene where she and Tom seduce each other at the dinner table is unforgettable.

 Diane also married Sean Connery (and thus earned the envy of about ninety percent of women in the western world:)

Later, she returned to Australia and opened the Karnak Playhouse at Mossman, here in FNQ. It's a big regret of mine that I still haven't been there to see a performance.

However I did hear Diane read a winning short story at a Tableland Writer's dinner in the Malanda hotel a few years ago. Her voice was amazing, deep, lush, earthy, sensitive. It was a memorable night that proved to me that people become famous because of enormous talent.

Vale Diane Cilento... 1933 -2011


2paw said...

I saw this news on the internet and I was very sad. I haven't seen many of her films but I have heard her talk and seen her be interviewed and she did have a wonderful rich voice. Yes, Sean Connery, no wonder she was envied!!
You will be able to look forward to perhaps visiting Karnak in the future??
That is the funnies film clip, I wonder they were able to get up out of their seats after that meal!!

Barbara Hannay said...

You will be able to look forward to perhaps visiting Karnak in the future??
I hope so. That's my plan. Glad you enjoyed the clip.