Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sandy Dennis was quite the versatile actress. In her life she won an Oscar and a Tony Award for her performances. She received both of these for her portrayal as a young wife in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? This play was made into a movie in 1966 with Sandy Dennis in it.

George and Martha are a middle aged married couple who are expecting a younger couple over for dinner. One Honey and Nick arrive the two start having a bickering conversation. This leads Martha and Honey to leave with Martha telling Honey about her and George’s son. Upon return George learns of this and is furious that Martha had shared this information with Honey. When George goes out to make coffee, Nick shares with George that he is more attractive to Honey’s wealth rather than her personally. After a bit, Honey and Nick decide to leave. But, George insists on driving them home after a night of heavy drinking. When the two couples come to a roadhouse, Martha decides she wants to go in and dance. Once inside Martha begins suggestively dancing with Nick, much to George and Honey’s displeasure. While Martha is dancing with Nick, George begins dancing with Honey, although not as suggestively as the other two. Martha begins to taunt George again with words causing him to go and unplug the jukebox. After this more words come out with Martha suggesting George killed his parents and George talking about a Midwest couple who suffered from a hysterical pregnancy. Eventually, George tells Honey why Nick married her and she runs out. Nick runs after her swearing revenge on George for what he did. George walks out into the parking lot admitting that he cannot stand his wife. Martha leaves with the car to go and pick up Honey and Nick. Once George returns home he finds that the car has crashed with a half conscious Honey inside with the shadows of Nick and Martha in the bedroom. Through Honey babbling, George suspects that instead of a hysterical pregnancy, Martha had an abortion. George starts to come up with a plan to get back at Martha for what she did. Upon entering the house, Martha accuses Nick of being sexually inadequate. George enters and starts talking to Martha about their son. This start to upset Martha as George goes on about how her abuse towards him and their son. as the conversation goes on Nick realizes that there never was a child to the married couple. George and Martha were unable to have children, so to fill the void they created an imaginary son who got killed in a car crash. This was supposed to be a secret between the two, until Martha broke the rule by telling Honey. Nick and Honey quietly depart leaving George and Martha. Martha tells George that she is afraid of Virginia Woolf after George asks.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is one of those films that you have to watch a couple of times in order to understand what is happening. The first time I saw it, I had no clue what was going on between the two couples, especially George and Martha. Sandy Dennis portrayed the young wife Honey in this move as well as the play. On April 27, 1937, Sandy Dennis was born, becoming best known for her role as Honey. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 classic that is quite confusing, but understandable after the next two times you watch it.

Mame

On April 26, 1989 the world lost an icon. Lucille Ball was a comedian, actress, and trailblazer who passed away. Many people know her as the crazy wife in the sitcom I Love Lucy. But, she also had a well known film career as proven in the 1974 film Mame.

When a young orphaned boy named Patrick Dennis is sent off to live with his eccentric Aunt Mame he learns quickly about what life now has in store for him. Mame is determined to fill the child’s life with adventure in a comedic string of events. From sending him off to a nontraditional school to having him attend parties until late at night, nothing is stopping Mame from giving Patrick the life she thinks he deserves. All of that comes crashing down when the stock market crashes with Mame being left penniless. Mame goes out into the world to get a job. However, her first job turns out to be a flub when she fails to write out a check correctly for a couple buying a pair of roller skates. But before she got fired, she caught the eye of a man named Beau. Beau followed Mame and the two begin dating. Although, Beau’s family is reluctant to Mame and her lifestyle they warm up to her. Once Beau and Mame get married the two take off on an extended honeymoon with Patrick in staying at Beau’s family plantation. When Mame and Beau return they go back to New York where Patrick meets them. Patrick has gone from a young boy to a man as proven with him dating a snobby girl named Gloria. But, this relationship goes down in flames when Mame is inspired to turn her house into a home for unwed mothers. This upsets Gloria’s parents and they leave. The film then flashes forward to where Patrick is married with a son of his own. Mame asks Patrick if he can take his son on a trip with her to Siberia. He agrees on the condition that he is back in time for school.

Lucille Ball starred as the eccentric unmarried woman who does not quite know how to take care of a boy named Mame. In 1974 she was able to bring the role to life through song and dance in the classic movie Mame. On April 26, 1989 Lucille Ball passed away, but not before leaving behind an inspiring set of work. She is one red head that is not to be forgotten.