Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: A True Love Story by Peter TurnerOn 29 September 1981, Peter Turner received a phone call that would change his life. His former lover, Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, had collapsed in a Lancaster hotel and was refusing medical attention. He had no choice but to take her into his chaotic and often eccentric familys home in Liverpool.
Liverpool born and bred, Turner had first set eyes on Grahame when he was a young actor, living in London. Best known for her portrayal of irresistible femme fatales in films such as The Big Heat, Oklahoma and The Bad and the Beautiful, for which she won an Oscar, Grahame electrified audiences with her steely expressions and heavy-lidded eyes and the heroines she bought to life were often dark and dangerous. Turner and Grahame became firm friends and remained so ever after their love affair had ended. And it was to him she turned in her final hour of need.
Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool is an affectionate, moving and wryly humorous memoir of friendship, love, and stardom.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
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During a stint on the London stage in The Glass Menagerie , the year-old Grahame travels to Liverpool to visit the family of her ex-boyfriend, the decades-younger actor Peter Turner Jamie Bell , and stays … and stays … and stays, her bed becoming her deathbed. The frequent flashbacks give Bening something to play besides denial and dementia. When Grahame meets Peter at an upscale London boarding house, Bening makes the actress ostentatiously girlish, a whirligig cartoon. Her voice is high and breathy and beckoning: She seems to be leaning forward even as she waltzes away from him to turn on a phonograph. The director, Paul McGuigan Victor Frankenstein , has plainly prevailed upon the production designer Eve Stewart to elevate the mood with color, especially purples and pinks. The story is too bounded, like a theater piece. Even the title — uttered in the book by a man in a pub — supplies the wrong emphasis.
I n the late s, Peter Turner was a young actor living in digs in Primrose Hill. It escalated from there. The image of a Hollywood legend breathing her last in a tough, riot-racked northern port is so surprising, so camera-ready, that when Peter wrote his poignant, thoughtful memoir , he was besieged by offers. When he lists some of the actors who wanted to play Gloria, it tells you all you need to know about how long it has taken — 35 years — for the story to reach the screen, and how many startlingly different forms it could have taken. The book, when it was first published, was about a recent memory. The film is now a period piece, the battered Liverpool it portrays having all but vanished.
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Growing old can be a bitch for anyone. But just try doing it if you are a middle-aged blonde bombshell left adrift on the outskirts of showbiz, beset by waning health and fading fame. Also not helping was the tawdry talk that she and spouse No. Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look. Suddenly, right before the show begins, the actress crumbles to the floor in pain. That leads to one of several flashbacks, cinematically backlit by Scottish director Paul McGuigan , as Peter first encounters Gloria as a new resident in the shabby London boarding house where he lives.
It is based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner, which tells of his relationship with aging Academy Award-winning American actress Gloria Grahame in s Liverpool and, some years later, her death from breast cancer. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on 1 September On 27 June , the film began filming in Liverpool and London. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November by Lionsgate. The website's critical consensus reads, " Film Stars Don ' t Die in Liverpool showcases brilliant work from Annette Bening, whose performance is more than enough to outweigh this biopic's basic narrative. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barbara Broccoli Colin Vaines.