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General topic / Re: Ian Holm, 1931-2020
« Last post by Dani1923 on June 24, 2020, 02:23:44 AM »
RIP Ian Holm (aka Uncle Jim)!!
2020 can really just flush itself down the toilet and disappear forever for all I care at this point! This year SUCKS!!
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General topic / Re: Ian Holm, 1931-2020
« Last post by andrew on June 19, 2020, 10:22:43 PM »
Ian changed my life in so many ways ...  He was the most generous of men, and my debt to him is immeasurable, not only in his portrayal of JMB (to those who had known Barrie, Ian was Barrie) but also his interpretations of Anno's poems, never to be surpassed.  Bless you, Ian. I have never known such pleasure working with any other actor, before or since.
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General topic / Ian Holm, 1931-2020
« Last post by v_rose on June 19, 2020, 08:17:34 PM »
Just wanted to take a moment to commemorate the great Ian Holm who passed away today. He played J.M. Barrie in Mr. Birkin's fantastic mini-series The Lost Boys and can be recognized in other great roles, including as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and as Ash in Alien, among many other notable gems. RIP Sir Ian!

The Guardian article:
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ian-holm-death-age-cause-lord-rings-alien-tributes-edgar-wright-samuel-west-a9575466.html

YouTube tribute:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ1zS322N90
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Davies Family / Margaret Llewelyn Davies - Arthur's Sister
« Last post by Peter Wynne-Willson on May 26, 2020, 08:24:32 PM »
Can I draw people's attention to a wonderful new biography of Margaret Llewelyn Davies, Arthur's sister, who was a remarkable woman whose story deserves to be better known.  She is slightly inaccurately billed on the website as 'co-founder of the Women's Co-operative Movement'.  She was not in fact a founder, but was for 30 years General Secretary of the Women's Cooperative Guild, and an extremely significant campaigner across a range of areas - fighting to gain a political voice for working-class women in particular.  The new book is a fascinating read - it does touch on her closeness to Arthur and differences with Sylvia, her important role in relation to her nephews, and I think helps explain the complex mixture of family loyalties around the boys during and after the deaths of their parents, but much more than that it is filling a really significant gap in the picture we have of the world they were brought up in, by giving proper weight to the achievements of another highly impressive member of the family, whom they knew well.  Published by Merlin, the book is called Margaret Llewelyn Davies - With Women for a New World, by Ruth Cohen. 
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JMBarrie / Re: Barrie on Film (1932) -- J. B. Priestley's House
« Last post by Brutus on May 11, 2020, 11:23:07 AM »
Yes, it's a lovely film. I don't know if it originally came from the J B Priestley website, but was posted on YouTube by the French Barrie site sirjmbarrie.com (which incidentally is a treasure trove of Barrie information).

I haven't been able to find much about Barrie's friendship with Priestley, but he was godfather to Priestley's son, so it must have been a close one. It was Priestley who unveiled the plaque placed in the chapel of Great Ormond Street Hospital in memory and gratitude to Barrie after his death.
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JMBarrie / Barrie on Film (1932) -- J. B. Priestley's House
« Last post by Sara72 on May 10, 2020, 02:09:29 PM »
I discovered the following footage of J. M. Barrie at J. B. Priestley's home in 1932 (https://youtu.be/NPWmr94jhY4 ) . I found this video a while back and then lost it and found it again. I believe it is from Priestley's webpage https://jbpriestley.co.uk/

Like Barrie, Priestley was a playwright. Priestley's plays often focus on a time slip, so that past, present and future are all connected in one scene. After Barrie's death, Priestley gained recognition on radio with his series of short propaganda pieces in 1940, during the Battle of Britain.

Does anyone know more about the friendship of Barrie and Priestley?
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Davies Family / Re: Peter Llewelyn Davies -- Later Life
« Last post by Brutus on May 09, 2020, 12:14:53 PM »
I agree with EHuhn - an accumulation of all the traumas and worries (financial and health) coming to a head. His publishing company wasn't doing very well, he was an alcoholic and suffered from emphysema (like his brother Nico) and his wife and children all had Huntingdon's Disease. Not a good outlook for life.

As for the reason for asking Mary Hodgson questions later on in life, I think this is something people often do as they get older and start thinking of the past. They would normally ask their parents about it but in Peter's case,  he could only ask Mary.

The letters and archives that constituted the Morgue were from his family, so not part of  the Barrie estate and nothing to do with Cynthia Asquith (who on her part, as heir to Barrie's estate,  promptly sold all the correspondence with Barrie, mss, etc to Beinecke - and anything else that could raise money, of which she was always in dire need.
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Davies Family / Re: Peter Llewelyn Davies -- Later Life
« Last post by EHuhn on May 06, 2020, 03:42:41 PM »
I would love to hear from the experts about Peter Llewelyn Davies and his later life. He was a named trustee to Barrie's estate, and it seems the majority of the letter destruction came to him instead of trustee Cynthia Asquith. Of course, he couldn't bring himself to do it all and thus the creation of The Morgue came about, as we know from the database. It seems he wanted to create three copies of The Morgue -- one for each of his living brothers. But I think he only made one?

Does anyone know what inspired him to ask questions of Mary Hodgson later on in life -- lists of questions on why she thought his mother died so far away from the boys?

Peter's death really disturbs me. Why did he kill himself in 1960? Why not before? Was it purely financial? All of the boys seem to me to have adjusted to a less expensive way of living after Barrie's death, was the financial burden really so much that Peter would kill himself?

There are others who I think know more of the actual facts and details.

As for why Peter committed suicide and why he did it when he did, we'll frankly never know. I suspect it wasn't any one thing but an accumulation of old traumas and new stresses. He lost a lot of people early in his life, then had a pretty difficult experience during the war. In that moment, he had financial and health concerns for himself, his wife, and his children. I suspect it was finally too for him just then. There seems to be an image of suicide as something that younger people do--but older people have these mental health issues, too.
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan / Maude Adams painting... a great mystery unfolds...
« Last post by Sara72 on April 28, 2020, 12:03:19 AM »
I wrote a post about Maude Adams on the forum yesterday! Feel free to check it out.
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Davies Family / Re: The Mystery of Audrey Lucas
« Last post by Sara72 on April 27, 2020, 11:52:48 PM »
Dear Professor Rodgers,

I too have been very interested in Audrey Lucas. Did you read her biography of her father, E. V. Lucas? It is readily available online and includes photos. She also worked for the BBC later in life, and so that might be worth an enquiry like you said. She volunteered with the Red Cross in France in World War I with her mother, Elizabeth Lucas, in the hospital that JM Barrie helped establish there and her father also supported, I believe.

Elizabeth Lucas' letters are held at Beinecke Library of Yale University and so may be worth checking out.

E. V. Lucas was a member of various clubs in London, and of course the editor of Methuen Publishing, and a contributor to Punch. So those might hold clues as well.

Have you published your work on Audrey Lucas anywhere? I'd be curious to read it.
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