no. (roses_rejoice) wrote,

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Domino Harvey.

When I was little, about 8 or 9 years old, my mom had a subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine that she took out in a fit of thinking she might make time to read. My mother was not a reader, and much to her chagrin, the magazines were read religiously, every month, as soon as they arrived, by me, aged 8 or 9. I didn't understand everything I read, especially the stuff about cancer and menopause and similar topics, but I read it anyway. (When I got older, I would try out the hair and makeup tips, the result being that I looked like a complete idiot because I was 12 and wearing a hairdo and makeup designed for a 39-year-old, but that was down the road a piece.)

The magazine regularly did features on older film and TV stars, who had gained popularity 10 and 20 years before the early-70's date of the magazine. Many of these stars, such as Dinah Shore and Doris Day and Jack Lemmon, I knew from seeing them on TV talk shows or in reruns of their movies. One time, the magazine did a feature on an actor named Laurence Harvey. He had just died of cancer and I didn't know him at all, had never seen him in anything. I found out many years later that his big movie, The Manchurian Candidate, in which he played the war hero reprogrammed by Communists into a presidential assassin, had been pulled from circulation in the U.S. by Frank Sinatra when Kennedy was shot, right after I was born; it was gone for about the next 25 years. Apparently Harvey got sick not too long after that and didn't appear a whole lot. So, that was why I never saw him. Many years later when I did see the original Manchurian Candidate, it became one of my favorite old movies, not too surprisingly because I had already been a fan of the book from which it was taken for quite some time.

I remember the first line of the Good Housekeeping article on The Man I Didn't Know went something like, "Laurence Harvey taught his daughter, Domino, to be fearless." Domino was a very little girl at that point, maybe 4 or 5, and her daddy had taught her to dive into the pool and swim and not be afraid of anything. Just like he believed in not being afraid of his own death. Or so the article went. It was all about how bravely he faced death and the lessons he taught his little daughter.

I have been thinking of that article recently, in connection with the post I recently made about childhood fears that seem silly now but were so real at the time (I once had a 30-year-old friend who still could not watch the "Zanti Misfits" episode of Outer Limits because the ending scared him so badly as a kid), and because I read that a movie about Domino Harvey was coming out. Seems she'd become a bounty hunter. I wondered if that sort of natural risk-taking thrill was what happened when a child was taught to be "fearless". Or whether it was just a case of getting so accustomed to covering up fear as being a bad thing, that you constantly look for scary situations to act calm, cool and collected in.

Mostly I was wondering what it was like to be raised or trained to be without fear. And did it work?

Then I read that Domino Harvey was under arrest on some sort of drug charge, and I wondered some more.

Then just now I read this.

Ah, geez...and now I don't know what to think.
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