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Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you–gently, with love, and hand your life back to you, like something gold you let go of–and I can! I’m determined to do it–and nothing’s more determined than a cat on a tin roof–is there?
—  Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This film was originally to be filmed in black and white, as was the standard practice with “artistic” films in the 1950s. However, once Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor were cast in the leads, director Richard Brooks insisted on shooting in color, in deference to the public’s well known enthusiasm for Taylor’s violet and Newman’s strikingly blue eyes.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) [x]

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ANIKA NONI ROSE APPRECIATION POST, THE SEQUEL

ORIGINAL APPRECIATION POST

Paul Newman was so supportive when Elizabeth Taylor’s husband, producer Mike Todd, died in a plane crash during production that it actually motivated her to return to work sooner. She would later say, “Paul Newmanis one of the sweetest men I know. He was so unbelievably supportive with his kind words and just being there for me. He helped me through an enormously difficult time in my life, and I will always be grateful.”