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Patrick Halloran (#46824107)
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Michael Baxter
RE: Re:Bogarde
Hi again Patrick,

I didn't realise you'd actually met Dirk. I wish I had.

'Postillion' is a lovely book. The others still await me but I think that's always going to be a favourite. I have all the biographies but now you've mentioned audios I am rather tempted to hear some of his work read by him. He had a beautiful speaking voice, didn't he? I remember thinking so when he was narrator on the BBC TV special 'The Epic That Never Was', which was about 'I, Claudius'.

I must try some later films, then, especially as he was so proud of 'Death in Venice' - the hardest part he took on, I think he said once. I have just obtained a DVD of a play he's in from 1986: 'May We Borrow Your Husband?' I understand he wrote the screenplay himself and his nephew Brock was involved in the project too. Have you seen it? The original story is by Graham Greene.

Leicestershire, England

Added by Michael Baxter on May 12, 2017 5:07 PM
Michael Baxter
RE: Dirk Bogarde
Thanks for your message. I've collected his autobiographies and several of the novels recently, some of them signed, and have now begun the first auto 'A Postillion Struck by Lightning', which I'm really enjoying. I've bought an autographed photograph of him in 'Doctor in the House' as well, which I really like. I also have film books, the big book of his letters and Coldstream's biography. Though Dirk seemed to prefer his later films I like his Rank Organisation ones best like the Doctor ones and other lighthearted stuff, though I loved Campbell's Kingdom, The Spanish Gardener and Libel too. The later 'Victim' was another brilliant performance. Someone said that people felt protective towards him even if they didn't actually know him and I think that's true when you watch his 50s and 60's films. I try not to feel too sad that he's gone now because although he insisted he wasn't lonely in his last years I think it was a brave face and he must have been. Losing Tony Forwood devastated him - he depended on him a lot apparently. He did have a devoted carer living with him in the end, a woman, and he was relieved that she was there according to Coldstream's biography. I don't like to think of him being unhappy. When I watch the films I try to think of the good times in his life and how talented he was - films, writing, art. That's how he should be remembered. I hope he's back with Tony now.

Added by Michael Baxter on May 12, 2017 12:41 PM
Michael Baxter
Dirk Bogarde
Loved all the messages you've left for Dirk Bogarde. I'm watching all his films and intend to read all his books. There's something so very moving about him. I wish I'd met him. Michael Baxter
Added by Michael Baxter on May 07, 2017 6:04 PM
Patricia Lee Sanders
Thomas LeRoy
I learned what happened from comments on his tomb picture on another website. Very sad to find he took his own life. I know how but now I wonder WHY?
They said he had depression. His loss seemed to cause much pain to many people.
Added by Patricia Lee Sanders on Nov 24, 2013 4:19 PM
Patricia Lee Sanders
Thomas LeRoy
I would like to know very much some details of the young man's life, Thomas LeRoy, the poet. He passed at a young age. What was the cause of his death? Anything you'd like to share about him, I would appreciate. Send email to
Added by Patricia Lee Sanders on May 28, 2013 1:50 PM

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