About Rex Harrison, cont'd.

Tortured by Carole Landis' tragic death and haunted by the nagging feeling he should've been able to save her, Rex plunged into stage work with a vengeance, although for awhile he still traded barbs with Hollywood, 3000 miles away.

In an interview shortly after he began work in the play 'Anne of a Thousand Days', Rex was quoted as saying, "Hollywood and I have no future in common and I don't know if Hollywood has any future of its own at all... It is so egocentric it doesn't know the rest of the world exists... One of the great handicaps from which American films suffer is their inhibition by various pressure groups, many of them with no validity or reason for existence. By the time a film has been conditioned to these special prejudices there is very little left of it at all."

The 'Hollywood Reporter' shot back with "...he should now realize that through his own actions he's washed himself up here, as he will be washed up ANYWHERE he goes should he continue the ingratitude he displayed while he was in Hollywood receiving the finest treatment that any artist could be given.... We rather guess he will soon be on his way back to his dear old Britain, which is welcome to him.  We've had him and certainly want no more of his kind."

Actually, Rex received the 1949 Best Actor Tony award for his role as King Henry VIII in 'Anne of a Thousand Days.'

Throughout the following decade, Rex and Lilli devoted most of their energies to theater and film work across the globe, as well as relaxing at their beloved restored villa in Italy, Portofino.


Rex and Lilli in the New York stage production
of 'Bell Book and Candle', 1950

...and in the film 'The Fourposter', 1952

 

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