Thursday, April 4, 2013

Milo O'Shea, an Irish...

...character actor, died at age 86. From his obit in the Times (my emphasis):

That same year he played the kindly Friar Laurence in Franco Zeffirelli’s resplendent film adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” and the mad scientist Durand Durand in Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella,” a science-fiction fantasy set in the far future, in which he tries to make the comely astronaut Barbarella (Jane Fonda) die of pleasure.

A decade later a group of rock musicians in Birmingham, England, named their new band Duran Duran — dropping the final d’s — in honor of Mr. O’Shea’s character. A popular nightclub where the group played was called Barbarella’s. When Duran Duran made a concert video in 1984, “Arena (An Absurd Notion),” Mr. O’Shea appeared in it dressed as his “Barbarella” character. 

You learn something new every day.

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