Susan said...no one would ever remember her when she was gone from this earth. That no fans would care about her. Oh..how wrong she was and I hope she is looking down, on this day, to see that she is..truly missed and could never be 'forgotten'.
I owe her a great deal...because she always gave me 'strength' to carry on, through her great performances on that silver screen. When times became so bad that I felt like I couldn't go on any longer, starting with my teen years and continuing on throughout my entire life, I could always find that 'extra' drive to 'never stop..and keep on going' by watching her 'gutsy' performances.
Susan touched all her fans, in many different ways..and this was how she touched me the most. She taught me, from that darkened theater...'How to Survive' and to continue on and 'never give up!'She may have brought me to tears, at times, but I could shed those tears and get out my emotions by watching her, in the dark, as she helped me to find the right direction to 'carry on'.
She has also showed me that 'no one is alone' in this world and there was always a reason to continue on. She could also make me laugh with her quirky comic antics. I can always get a big laugh when I watch her in THE FORREST RANGERS, TOP SECRET AFFAIR or I MARRIED A WITCH...(even her small role in SIS HOPKINS starring Judy Canova. She was not only a great dramatic actress, but also could turn on the comedic charm when needed.
I loved the scene in BACK STREET when she goes to show her sketches to the fat guy who is planning to seduce her..and John Gavin comes to her rescue. 'Watch' how she could turn on the short 'comic' moment with just a quick glance as they set the seducer up! Those 'short comic' things came out many times and she surely showed that..a lot. When I saw her.. 'live'.. playing MAME, she was in bed with a huge hangover...she wakes up to young Patrick flying a paper airplane round and round her head as she looks up in horror...yelling.."BATS! BATS! WE'VE GOT BATS!", she had the entire audience in sticthes!
So...Susan...You gave us so many wonderful memories...memories that will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
YOU were...never forgotten...and never will be as long as 'we fans' are still around to introduce YOU to many 'new fans' who still have not had the chance to find the movie legacy that you left us. YOU will always be with us...
God Bless You and...always take a look down here, once in a while..and maybe it will bring a smile to your face...to know how much..we still love and care about you...
I've gotten to that stage in life when I review the obits in the morning
paper-my Dad used to say ( not originally ),that if he didn't see his
name he went to work. Today,I saw these lines at the end of an obit
and thought they applied to Susan from her fans.
Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade because a loved one
is gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought
apart,for as long as there is memory,they will live on
in the heart.
I read and enjoyed so much your tribute to Susan, as to how you were so favorably helped by her films and her actions. How I wish I had watched her movies as a young girl, and, then, young woman! I think I would have stood a lot taller if I had!
Whether from her scripts--or her own real-life responses--she appeared to know when to stand up for herself--and when to show her many kindnesses. Though a lot of her words did come from her films, she always spoke them with strength and belief. And, even not knowing the real Susan, other than that she faced her own difficult times--along with her shyness and her fears--(like so many of us), I can still understand, Errol, how she gave you the strength to fight to overcome your own difficulties. She was so special to so many people.
(And, I, too, could feel my worries quiet down, when Susan's scenes and lines just made me laugh--and I marveled at her timing! Being originally from the Bronx, myself---neighbor to Brooklyn--her humor, especially her wry smile--and her sarcastic retorts--were SO familiar to me!)
And, Errol--if we ARE lucky enough to ascend to the heavens, choosing our own pefect, puffy cloud to alight on (as we, of course, play the harp!), I think you can be certain that Susan will chart a direct course to you, beaming down her special wink..... as she happily admits......"Boy, was I wrong about people's memories!!"
Thanks, again, for sharing your heartfelt tribute!
What a laugh I just had, reading your Dad's perfectly reasonable response to the Obits: "....that if he didn't see his name....he went to work!". My own father had that EXACT type sense of humor--and, oh, did I miss him, even as I couldn't stop the giggling those words brought on!!
And that lovely poem you saw at the bottom of another Obit certainly did pertain to Susan and all those who will never forget her. I wonder if the writer of the Obit composed the poem, not that it matters. It says, in a lovely way, how we all feel.
(And, I hope Susan will not feel slighted, that reading this poem, so soon after your Dad's hilarious comment, brought on such a flood of wistfulness for the loss of my own Dad, back in 1977.)
Anyway, Elaine, thank you for quoting a poem so apt for Susan--whoever the author may be! '....Susan WILL always be remembered and WILL live on in our hearts.'
P.S. Apropos of nothing in particular--except for Joan Crawford fans--my father died on the same date that she did. And I remember that especially because she actually had arranged that in her Obit, it be noted that nothing had been left to her two first children, Christina and Chrisopher!
That line read:
"It is my intention to make no provision herein for my son Christopher or my daughter Christina for reasons which are well known to them."
Talk about Joan Crawford's desire for publicity--even after she passed on!
Your tribute is so nice indeed. We all
miss our Susan. I thought about her all
day yesterday. God bless you.
Elaine...I loved those words you shared with us. They are so true...Also loved the thing your dad used to say. I checked the paper this morning..and I am not there...yet..(lol)...
Thanks Lynn....I will look forward to the day I can 'catch a cloud' and maybe share a moment with Susan...
Thanks, Ray...Just like you...I know she is always in our hearts and gave us so much without ever knowing it!...
Errol, what a very special tribute you wrote to commemorate a very special lady! I believe that one of the greatest honors you can give a performer is to realize that he/she quite literally changed your life. That, to me, is part of the magic of gifted actors....that they can make their reality reflect their audience's reality...that the strength and the heart of their performances flow effortlessly from the screen or stage, directly to those of us viewers who are open to receive their 'gift.'
I think that for you and for most of us here, it is no 'accident' that we were and still are touched by Susan and her work. Those performances that win our hearts and change our lives are the hallmark of a performer who has truly 'lived' - if not the actual experience, perhaps, the emotional pain of the characters they portray. You simply cannot fake life and its lingering effects...and it's that reality in Susan's work that strikes such a strong chord in us. Or as you say, Errol, in you own personal and heartfelt way, teaches us 'how to survive and to continue on and never give up!"
So, thanks Errol for sharing your own personal story why "Susan will never be forgotten." (And, also!, for reminding me of how much I enjoyed Susan's wry sense-of-humor. I always laugh at those times in films, when she 'tosses off' a quip and gives a look that is so purely "Nu Yawk,!" my home sweet home.)
P.S. Errol - I hope you've given thought to the times that YOU, yourself, have touched an audience - either through laughter or tears. Whatever the venue - film or theater - you've made that connection. That is what I've loved most about my own time spent acting....that communication with an audience. It's magic.
Thank you Alice...for your kind words. I hope that, in some ways, I have helped in my times on the stage..for others. I do know that it is a very funny/strange thing..with actors. They usually like the 'exact opposite' of what they like to watch...and are driven toward that 'opposite' when acting.
Let me explain: I love to do musical comedy and love to make people laugh. But when it comes to watching...(either on stage or film, tv)...I ALWAYS lean to the dramatic..or other than comedy...things that I enjoy watching. I am not the only one who is this way. In fact, over the years...most of the comedic actors I have worked with and been around, all say the same thing. They prefer the 'complete opposite' to what they enjoy doing. Some may like westerns or cop shows or si-fi as their 'favorite'..and of course...the drama area. BUT..when it comes to performing, they are most comfortable...doing musicals and comedies.
Life is strange....isn't it....???....