Monday 5 October 2015

Question of the month (5th October): Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Anna Nordeman





Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Question of the Month (5th October 2015)

Here is my answer to your question, Michael: 

I am not a famous person. If I do anything worth remembering in the future, it would  have to be an actress in the future playing me. I don't know of any contemporary actress who looks like me.

I like Reese Witherspoon, but I don't look much like her:


 Bildresultat för reese witherspoon filmer







Bildresultat för reese witherspoon filmer

 Bildresultat för reese witherspoon filmer


 Maybe Jodie Foster?



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Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Maybe if Jodie Foster dyed her hair mousie grayish-brown and put on glasses, she might look more like me than, let's say, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman or Gwyneth Paltrow.

A headshot of Meryl Streep in the 1970s with her facing the camera with her right arm propping her head up
Meryl Streep

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Nicole Kidman
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

I'm no beauty, but I think I have bright eyes and a winning smile.

But why would there be a film about my life? What must I do to become famous? I am not pretty or talented enough to become a famous actress. I don't want to commit a crime. Any achievement that is attainable within the remainer of my working life will hardly be awarded with a prize like an Oscar's statuette. And the third alternative is not something I want either:

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United Airlines Flight 93
Memorial to the passengers

I've just finished reading about the memorials to the passengers on flight 93 that crashed in rural Pennsylvania. (I am writing this on 11th September.) Those innocent people perished 14 years ago today, while trying to stop terrorists from crashing into the Capitol Building or the White House. 

Flight 93 was the only one of the hijacked airplanes that did not reach its goal. The other aircrafts did, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center were hit. The black box and GPS- and cellular telephone calls to loved ones from the passengers on flight 93 seem to indicate that they made an effort to stop the terrorists. The pilot, Jason Dahl, put the plane on automatic pilot to make it difficult for the hijackers just before they overtook the cockpit. The passengers got together and voted on trying to break into the cockpit with a food cart. They may have succeeded in breaking open the cockput and killing one of the terrorists, but not in time to avoid the crash. The plane plowed into an empty field in Stonycreek, Pennsylvania and all 44 on board died. But no one on the ground was hurt.

This was not the case at the Pentagon, where 125 persons in were killed besides the hostages on the airplane. And in and around the World Trade Center, 2,606 perished.

The South Tower is struck

Smoking Twin Towers

The Pentagon was partly collapsed

I don't want to be remembered for something like that. I want to live a long, happy and uneventfull life. And I am sure that all of those people trapped in tall buildings or taken as hostages on hijacked airplanes would have prefered that too.

Best wishes,






Read my comment about a young fire fighter named Stark. Here is a picture of the memorial to the fire fighters:


In a comment, Michael has suggested Anne Hathaway as a possible candidate if I succeed in becoming a memorable writer. She is such a good actress and looks good too! Yes, please! Yes, please!

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Anne Hathaway

Thanks so much for your input, Michael! I really like Anne Hathaway in the film roles that I have seen her, as The White Queen in Alice in Wonderland and as Andrea Sachs in The Devil wears Prada.

I want to be very clear about sonething: 

Yes, I do want to be remembered after my time is up. Even if I only live an uneventful life, I still want to be remembered by my family and friends. 

As we all do, I would have prefered all of the victims of 9/11 to have survived and been able to live out their natural lives. But nothing can change the fact that their lives were brutally ended; and I think they deserve every memorial they can get. They should be remembered. That is one of the reasons I have mentioned them in this post. I want them to be remembered as I remember my loved ones who were able to live normal lives. 

I also hope that I will at least be remembered by my own 'flock', people who once knew and loved or liked me.

First Commenter:

Lily Whalen
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Lily Whalen said...

I forgot that someone also suggested Jodie Foster for me! A lot of great actresses on your list. Like you, though, I want to be remembered for the right reasons, not because of fame or infamy.

Anonymous said...

I likely won't have a movie about me.. probably wouldn't want one either because that means something bad happened :/

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, I'm sure they would've preferred that...

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You make a great point, Ann. I bet so many people who were famous for one reason or another would have preferred to have lived a quiet life. 9/11 was a day for heroes in the face of evil.

Toi Thomas said...

Lovely points and words. But the only point would counter this with is that, for those of us here remembering all those people, it's important for us to remember. It's important for us not live our quiet lives so comfortable that we forget about them.

Cherdo said...

Fortunately, we can just play along with Michael's blog question for fun - I'm pretty certain no one will be doing a movie about me. Actually...I'm glad...ha ha.

Lovely, lovely post. Glad I stopped by. Best wishes!

Unknown said...

Maybe people will be so enthralled with the way you write your blog that Anne Hathaway will BEG to play you ;)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Aw. Great sentiment, "a long, happy, and uneventful life." No life is uneventful, but I know what you mean. Eventful enough to have family and loved ones, a few travel adventures, and maybe a good book or two.
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Tamara Narayan said...

I feel the same. Better to have a "dull" like when considering some of the alternatives. But I wouldn't mind being remembered for something I wrote!

Tanya. said...

I don't think I would want a movie made about me...I am not very memorable either...I get on with my life and keep pretty much to myself...I am there to the only ones that matter and I do not mind if I don't exist to anyone else...this is not the point of my life. Besides I would much sooner curl up with a good book!!

Janie Junebug said...

I don't think the actress has to look like you to play you. It's more a matter of who can capture your personality. I don't believe for a minute that you aren't a beauty.


Mandy said...

I love the actresses you picked to play you! Meryl Streep is awesome … and Jodie Foster? :) I have no idea which actress I would choose to play me. It's an interesting question to think about.

Unknown said...

Thank you for so many wonderful comments and ideas!

I would just like to say to Toinette Thomas that she is absolutely right! We must remember all of the victims and remember them as they were in life.

A couple of years ago, I found a site with photos and names and stories about all of the victims from the twin towers. I went through every name trying find anyone with a Swedish name or Swedish connection, since my blog is based in Sweden, and has not been given as much attention as more local catastrophies such as the sinking of the Baltic ferry, Estonia (in which approximately 700 people perished. (I may remember incorrectly. I am not taking the time to check those figures).

From the twin tower list, I found two Swedish men working in the towers, who did not make it out. And as I was looking for Swedish names I saw the name 'Stark', which can be a Swedish name, but does not necessarily have to be that. But it doesn't matter. His story is worth mentioning anyway. He was a young New York fire fighter, who died with many other firemen and policemen in the basement under the towers.

His girl friend described him as being such a kind person. He would do anything for her. She said of him: "He was a boyfriend sent from 'Boyfriend-Heaven'!"

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