the bridges at toko ri

“Once, I was making ‘The Bridges at Toko-Ri’ in Japan, and we had to do a long shot of me kissing Grace Kelly goodbye, before I boarded the aircraft carrier. Grace wasn’t out there but we found a woman who looked exactly like her, the wife of a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, and we used her for the scene. But at the moment I was supposed to kiss her goodbye, the woman suddenly panicked and said: 'Don’t you kiss me.’ 'Why not,’ I asked her. 'Because,’ she said, 'my husband is watching us with a pair of binoculars from his ship over there.’ —William Holden ( excerpted from Art Buchwald of The Evening Independent, 6 July 1962 )

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Grace Kelly, Actress

June 1 - Favorite Grace scene with William Holden in The Bridges At Toko-Ri, and why

My favorite scene with William Holden happens to be Grace’s final scene in the film - as Nancy farewells her husband as he leaves for his fateful mission


Why: This is a powerful scene; both actors perfectly express the mix of emotions that their characters would be feeling at this point.