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Robert Helpmann

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My local video station showed a very enjoyable video called "Tales of Helpmann; Life and Career of Robert Helpmann" made by Australian TV. In it was a 1936 clip of Fonteyn & Helpman in the Sleeping Beauty PDD--a very tiny clip--just the fish dives--but it was marvelous to see Fonteyn--all 17 years of her! Laterthere was another short clip of Fonteyn in an Australian production of Merry Widow (1976) and she never looked more glamorous. As if this wasn't enough---there was a clip of Helpmann as Oberon (the play) with Vivien Leigh as his Titania.

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Wow - I think it was immediately after that run of "Midsummer Night's Dream" ended that Leigh travelled to America to join Laurence Olivier and to audition for GWTW.

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oh heavens! it took me AGES to work out that GWTW means "Gone With The Wind"...

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i agree that this little documentary is densely packed with riches. :)

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Thanks for pointing it out Grace, I was wondering what it stood for...and would never have guessed!

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