Tag Archives: Colin Firth

Birthdays and Jane Austen

  Tomorrow, I turn the ripe old age of 72. I am a VIRGO. Some of you know what that means. Some of you are about to learn.  Horoscope.com tells us these Virgo Facts Symbol:   The Virgin Element:   Earth Polarity:   … Continue reading

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Double Your Pleasure with Austen-Inspired Actors and Actresses

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a film buff, especially period dramas. For many years, I taught media literacy, and I love to look for “unique” facts. One of my favorites is a list of actors who regularly … Continue reading

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A Resurgence of “St. Jane,” the Never-Ending Reverence to All Things Austen

A Resurgence of Jane Austen Several people believe Colin Firth’s stellar two-year “flirt” with Oscar – first with a spectacular performance in “A Single Man” and then in “The King’s Speech” – led to a resurgence of Jane Austen’s popularity. … Continue reading

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Actors Who Have Portrayed Multiple Austen Characters

Daphne Slater took on the parts of Anne Elliot in Perusasion 1960 and that of Elizabeth Bennet in the 1952 production of Pride and Prejudice. Phyllida Law played Mrs. Austen in Miss Austen Regrets and Mrs. Bates in Emma 1996. … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Jane Austen – Day 1

The “twelve days” of Christmas comes after the celebration of the religious holiday and leads to the Epiphany on January 6. (Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the first day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Movie Discussion of 1995’s Pride and Prejudice

In reading Jane Austen, one can easily imagine the Austen children acting out a play created by the boisterous Jane. Her novels have all the elements of drama: a small cast, limited settings, and no special effects. In this manner, … Continue reading

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When Mr. Darcy First Spoke to Me

originally published on Darcyholic Diversions The First Time Mr. Darcy Spoke to Me When I was twelve, I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. My mother, may she rest in peace, was a great reader, and like the … Continue reading

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Colin Firth’s Oscar Nomination and a Resurgence in All Things Jane Austen

Colin Firth’s award-winning performance in “The King’s Speech” has fueled a resurgence in all things related to Jane Austen. Firth is known to Austen fans as “Mr. Darcy,” and more than one Janeite has seen the film and has touted … Continue reading

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Colin Firth from Literary Hero to Oscar Nominee

For years, Colin Firth was the reading woman’s sex symbol. When a TV mini-series was made of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 1995, and when a movie version was made of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding’s chick lit classic, … Continue reading

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Golden Globe Winners Announced

  BEST ACTOR DRAMA Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”; Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”; James Franco, “127 Hours”; Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”; Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter.” (As a card carrying member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, I … Continue reading

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