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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Daniel and Me

When it was announced that Steven Spielberg's Lincoln would be filmed in Richmond I got a little giddy. Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors of all time, would be showcasing the beauty of our fair city and the surrounding area. Doris Kearns Goodwin's amazing book, Team of Rivals, would be brought to life on the big screen for generations to enjoy. Wonderful developments to be sure, but there was really only one thing that made me giddy.....I was going to be within a 50 mile radius of Mr. Daniel Day-Lewis.

Our love affair began many years ago when I first saw a poster for the movie Last of the Mohicans. You know the one....don't act like you don't. My Left Foot was a bit before my time so I had some catching up to do. The Age of Innocence.....The Crucible....we've spent many rainy afternoons together Daniel and I. Maybe I could be an extra? Maybe I could find out where filming was and bribe a key grip to let me on set and then pretend to be an apprentice in the make-up department?

Then.....God threw me a bone. I heard from a neighbor that he had taken a house in Church Hill literally blocks from mine. He apparently chose a house in the neighborhood to help him stay in character during filming. I started cataloguing all of the good things I'd done in my life and vowing to do more if it would produce results like this! I'll admit it I went into full stalker mode. Luckily my stalking paid off and I saw him a few times around the neighborhood. One time he even walked right past me and stopped to pet Miss Austen. I think all I could manage to say was hello. If you watched the Oscars you know he didn't leave his wife for me, but I did get to see him up close which will have to be enough.

Oh Daniel....till we meet again!


  1. Great post Kelly! I did not know that Miss Austen got to meet him!!!!

  2. Love the way you write, Kelly! I didn't know you got that close to him, either. What a great experience!