Thursday, March 10, 2011
“On bended knee I beg you to return this. I lost eight others already and if I lose this I’ll just drop dead!”
These are Marlon Brando’s words inscribed on the flyleaf of his address book, which was later dropped on the stage of the Barrymore Theatre in New York City during the 1949 run of A Streetcar Named Desire. Brando’s portrayal of the rugged and aggressive Stanley Kowalski in the play stands as the defining performance against which all subsequent actors of the part are judged.
In 1947, Brando auditioned for role. His audition was persuasive, and Tennessee Williams agreed to his casting…