|Femmes Fatales||Nov 6 2016|
British actress Kay Kendall is not well known today, but until her early death at age thirty-two she seemed ticketed for longlasting stardom. The above shot is from the 1953 comedy Genevieve, where she spontaneously shows the fellas how to play trumpet even though she's absolutely crocked. It's a funny scene in an entertaining movie, and was her breakthrough performance. The part that makes us laugh most is that the guy who plays maracas looks at Kendall as if she has no talent. How very male. What wasn't funny was her death. Legend has it that a routine blood test revealed leukaemia, which was disclosed not to her but to her husband Rex Harrison, who thought it best to keep her terminal status from her, instead telling her she was suffering from anemia. It isn't clear whether she ever knew what killed her, but one would guess she did, at the end. Today she has a major charity named after her—the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund.