Last night, we had the honor and the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Chris Welles Feder, the oldest daughter of Orson Welles. Her new book is called In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles and we filled the house with an audience eager to learn more about her father, the icon, and the man. What a thrill it was to listen to her talk about this great man. We have seen Orson Welles through many angles - mostly brilliant camera angles of his own accord, but to be able to share in the personal reminiscences of his darling Christopher (yes, he named his daughter Christopher Welles...because he liked the sound of it) was a joyous and meaningful event.
Her life in the unreal world of Hollywood (and Europe and South Africa and...) is well...bigger than life...just like her father. We learned how William Randolph Hearst tried to destroy Orson Welles because of Citizen Kane, that Welles loved Croatia and Spain, that though he said he hated acting, she believed otherwise, and she described their banter - warm, cozy, comfortable, and fun. She talked about his character and how his beliefs and his actions helped, not only to shape her, but to make a difference in the world.
Her story about her father taking her to see The Third Man when she was 11 was fun and endearing, and we love that he howled with laughter at her response to his villainous character. When you read the book, you'll note that she often makes her father laugh. Do not assume that it was simply a father's indulgent laugh; this woman is smart and funny and fascinating and we are delighted that we got to spend time with her!
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