Back in February I curated an exhibition for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, of photographs (from The Herald newspaper’s archive) of stars of the movie, music and entertainment worlds who visited the city between 1920 and 1990. It’s been a great success – so much so that the run has been extended indefinitely. The extension coincided with my brother offering his video-making skills to me for my blogs. So, here is a film about the exhibition – which features a cast including Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Mae West, Danny Kaye, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, and Glasgow’s own Hollywood star, Mary Gordon.
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The well-loved character actress Mary Gordon – a veteran of over 200 Hollywood movies from the “Golden Age” – was a relative of mine (my great-grandmother’s cousin, since you ask). Here’s a link to a clip from the 2009 Glasgow Film Festival when we celebrated her life and career with a discussion and a selection of clips ..
I’ll write more about Mary anon – there’s so much to say, about her turbulent personal life in Glasgow, her escape to America and the hardship she endured before she inadvertently ended up as one of Hollywood’s most fondly remembered character actresses, and a familiar face to several generations of film fans… I’m still investigating her life in California and trying to track down her grandson, Douglas Dutton, so if anyone has any information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org