We had a scene where Father Ralph comes to the big veranda at Drogheda in a huge rain storm. And there’s nobody around, and he’s soaking wet and so he strips there on the veranda thinking nobody’s around. But I’m standing there totally naked and Stanwyck comes out. She said a couple of lines and I said a couple of lines and she dried. And she had never, ever had any trouble with her lines ever before. And there was a shocked pause on everybody’s part. And a kind of moment of silence and then she said; “I’m sorry, it’s just been so long since I’ve stood next to a naked man." And I thought that was a really great compliment. I thought, oh wow, I turned her on a little bit, that’s neat.
- Richard Chamberlain on Barbara Stanwyck in The Thorn Birds, 1983
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Barbara Stanwyck, age 75, in The Thorn Birds (1983)
Because she was the same age as the character, and what the character has to say is so… well, you could have dropped a feather on that set. We all had very wet eyes. You could see the actress responding to the moment on the set as well as the moment in the picture. It was just incredible.
When we shot the scene, it was very moving. I knew I had to get the close-ups carefully, because she’s experienced enough to hold back for them. We did it in two takes, and she came up even higher in the second. After the first one, people had tears in their eyes. She swung the bedroom doors closed, and there was a long silence and then applause. But she did not appear. So I went in and opened the doors and closed them behind me. She was standing there shaking, just shaking. I remember holding her, giving her a big hug and, as I’ve said, one held a fully sensual woman. It was a very beautiful, touching moment.
- Stan Margulies, The Thorn Birds (1983)
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…is it worth the pain, with no one to blame for all of my insecurities?
how did I ever let you go?