George Orson Welles Schmoozes About Winston Churchill – Interview – Date July 27, 1970
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[George Orson Welles Schmoozes About Winston Churchill – Interview – Date July 27, 1970]
[George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985):] Source: LYBIO.net
Of course I was immensely impressed with Churchill, and – but he was quite another thing, you know. He had great humor, and great irony. He wanted to see me, when I played Othello on the stage in London, and I heard a low murmuring in the front row. I thought he was talking to himself, and then he came backstage afterwards, and sat down in the dressing room, and said, “most potent, grave, and reverend signiors, my most approved good masters and began the whole our Othello’s part, which he had memorized, and including the cuts, which I had made, which he read with a good deal of extra emphasize.
And then a few years afterwards I had to be in Venice trying to get some money for a movie, during the festival and poor Churchill had been right after the war, and as you know crest of the greatest victory that any single man had ever presided over in modern history was voted out of office, quite properly probably, but it was a tragic blow for him, and there he was in the Hotel Toledo with Cleme his wife alone and he goes swimming out in the beach.
One day at lunch I came in with a Russian businessman, I was trying to hustle for some money for this picture, and as we passed Mr. Churchill’s table, Mr. Churchill saw me, and made that little gesture, and the Russian went out of his mind. This is a white Russian, not a red Russian, this is you know – a hustling semi-Armenian Russian. And when he saw that Mr. Churchill not only knew me, but gave a rather a special acknowledgment, it was clear to me that I had the money for my picture.
[George Orson Welles:] Source: LYBIO.net
So, the next morning, I was out swimming in the beach, and I found myself paddling in the water right next to Mr. Churchill, and I hadn’t gone up to speak to it – there we were in the water, and I had known him on and off during the war in a humble capacity, and I said Mr. – and he had come backstage to see me, and I said, “Mr. Churchill I think you ought to know, what you did for me”, and I told him about how this acknowledgment had meant so much to me with my financier, and that day at lunch I came in with the financier again, and Mr. Churchill rose from his chair and bowed.
[Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr.:]
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[George Orson Welles:]
[Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr.:] Source: LYBIO.net
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