Turner Classic Film Festival: Mitzi Gaynor and South Pacific


Last night (Thursday, April 25) I saw my first film at the Turner Classic Film Festival: South Pacific.
The film was shown poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel and introduced by Ben Mankiewicz with France Nuyen and Mitzi Gaynor as special guests.
Nuyen told about how she got her role in the film and was a French model. She went on set with high fashion makeup and was told to wash it off for the film. She cried because she thought she would be ugly.
Gaynor was hilarious. Her feistiness and off color stories could be compared to a Debbie Reynolds interview.
Gaynor got the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific over actresses such as Susan Hayward, Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson, Doris Day and several others.
While Mankiewicz was interviewing Gaynor, she demanded he bring out his new baby for everyone to see. By the end, she had taken over the interview.
Hilariously Gaynor told of how she complimented her costar Rossano Brazzi on his good looks and Brazzi said, “I know.”
During the screening of South Pacific, people clapped after each song.
The ambiance of the film by the pool was beautiful.
This is just a brief post to keep y’all updated during TCMFF.

This morning I saw Jean Harlow in Libeled Lady (1936) and am now waiting to see Suddenly It’s Spring (1947) with Fred MacMurray and Paulette Goddard introduced by MacMurray’s daughter, Kate MacMurray.

More about Friday’s events in the next post.

6 thoughts on “Turner Classic Film Festival: Mitzi Gaynor and South Pacific

  1. Sounds like you had a great time. I have considered going before and it sounds worthwhile. Mitzi Gaynor is a doll. I have her DVD Razzle Dazzle The Special Years which is a documentary. Bob Mackie is a guest and he and Mitzi talk behind the scenes and review the television specials she did for 10 years.


  2. I’ve been following the TCMFF by the posts and tweets of the other gals. I’m gld you made this year and met them. Maybe in some years it will be my turn?


  3. A friend of mine was Mitzi’s wardrobe mistress for the years that Mitzi was performing on the road. She said the Mitzi was–and still is–everything that you’d hope she’d be, and more. Sounds like she is!


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  5. It was so great hanging out with you poolside and watching South Pacific. Mitzi Gaynor was hilarious. OMG. Just listening to my recorded audio, I was cracking up. Great post!


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