My wife, Maggie, and I have always been grateful that Jamie Lee Curtis, who played Maggie in the made-for-television movie, Nicholas’ Gift, was so obviously captivated by the role. Jamie told us at the time that she was as proud of this performance as anything else she has done in her entire career.
By Reg Green
That may seem strange, given that her fame rests on the huge box office successes everyone remembers, and on a career that earned her the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the glittering Venice Film Festival last September.
It’s true, however, because it called for a spectrum of moods that took her from the contentment of a mother of an imaginative, gentle and intelligent seven-year-old through the agony of seeing him shot during a bungled robbery and on to the inspiring calmness of deciding to make some good come out his death by donating his organs and corneas — saving the lives of five very sick people, four of them teenagers, and rescuing two others from blindness.
A hundred million viewers in countries all over the world have seen the movie, and last month Ms. Curtis confirmed its power in this message to her four million followers on Instagram. Seventy thousand of them ‘liked’ that posting compared with an average of around ten thousand for other recent ones.
PS: I have some DVDs of the movie. If any reader wants one, please send your street address to my email and I will forward one to you at no cost as long as the supply lasts.
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