F is for Fonda


For better or worse, in the public’s mind he got stuck in the mould of well-meaning liberal, the guy who’ll always fight for the underdog, the guy who’ll buck the system and cause trouble no matter the cost

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Diasporational Part Fourteen: Una O’Connor, Lovable Screamer!


She had a nice line in busybodies: spinsters, gossips and maids (often Irish). She was described as having “the stare of a detective, the voice of an air raid siren, and the body of a scarecrow.” In an age when there was an awful lot of stage-Irishness in Hollywood films (Abby’s Irish Rose, Mother Machree), it must have grated on her ears to hear so many Oirish brogues.

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