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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Calla to Sunflower ~ Ruth Gordon

The actress who gave us Minnie Castavet and Maude was first typecast as the dumb beauty.


Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon in Harold and Maude (1971)

Ruth Gordon is 112 today, except she died in 1985, plenty ripe at 88 years old.

For those of us who hit movie-buffdom around 1970, she will always be remembered for two roles: as Minnie Castavet, the squalking neighbor in Rosemary’s Baby who chewed with her mouth open and passed around smelly amulets, and Maude in Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude (1971).

Among her many stolen scenes is a floral parable in Ashby’s fim. Maude, played by Gordon, is in her late 70s and befriends a wealthy, suicidal young man (They meet as onlookers at a funeral).  Here they walk among flowers at a nursery:

MAUDE: They grow and bloom, and fade, and die, and some change into something else. Ah, life! I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They are so tall and simple. And you, Harold, what flower would you like to be?

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Posted by Julie on 10/30 at 01:50 PM
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