Monday, August 13, 2012
Girl of the Day - Susan Hampshire
Another star from the great miniseries, The Forsyte Saga, and another great British actress you see once in a Masterpiece Theater presentation, then never see again. Susan Hampshire played Fleur Forsyte Mont, the daughter of the central figure, Soames Forsyte, who is spoiled, self-centered, passionate, wild, snobby (she ends up in a libel suit because someone called her a "snob" at a party), beautiful in a 1920s flapper-thin way, and thoroughly British. It's a great role, one that could have been played to make her hate-able, and instead makes Fleur into a pained, desirable and desiring creature, who tortures her benevolent husband, Michael Mont, and yet whom we just can't help liking.