While traveling for business and/or pleasure I have always made it a practice to visit locations where well known movies were filmed. It is interesting to see a filming location, and then compare it to what is shown on the big screen.
The above photo is the house where the 1991 version of Father of the Bride was shot, a remake of the 1950 film, which featured Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. This photo of my two sons, Jonathan and Matthew, posed in front of the lovely Pasadena, California residence, was taken shortly after the film was released. With some minor variations, this is the way the house appeared in the film.
Nancy Meyers was one of the principal film makers involved with the remake. She has gone on to become the most successful female writer/director in history. Trivia fact about Ms. Meyers: her company is called Waverly Films, named after the Waverly Theater in Philadelphia, where she fell in love with movies as a young girl.
The house featured in the above photo is located in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri. It was used in the Merchant/Ivory production of Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, the 1990 film starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It was based on two novels by Evan S. Connell, Mrs. Bridge (1958) & Mr. Bridge (1969).
Connell wrote an amazing variety of books about widely disparate topics. In addition to his novels, he wrote what is considered to be the best book on the battle of Little Big Horn: Son of Morning Star is an engrossing, well detailed account of that tragic encounter. Connell died in 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was cremated.
Many of you will recognize the photo below of the house boat that was used in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. This waterfront location is even more dramatic in person than it was portrayed in the film. Sleepless in Seattle, which starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, was written and directed by Nora Ephron. Ephron was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for her co-writing contributions.
Near the end of her life, Ephron developed leukemia, a disease she largely kept secret from all but those who were close to her. As is increasingly the custom, she choose to be cremated and have her ashes scattered by her loved ones.
Hope you enjoyed reading about these houses: we will have a feature on Alfred Hitchcock locations coming soon (previews of coming attractions).
Here at Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory, we admire movies, but our prime business is cremation and final disposition. Check out www.martinoaks.com for details.