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A drawing study of Marlon Brando from movie A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar…by Anthea Slade

A Streetcar… A Detail by Anthea Slade

My second motion picture was A Streetcar Named Desire. Although the Hollywood censors sapped Tennessee’s story of some of its sting, I thought it was better than the play. Vivien Leigh, who played Balnche in the London stage production, was brought over from England for the movie, and I’ve always thought it was perfect casting. In many ways she was Blanche. She was memorably beautiful, one of the great beauties of the screen, but she was also vulnerable, and her own life had been very much like that of Tennessee’s wounded butterfly. It had paralleled Blanche’s in several ways especially when her mind began to wobble and her sense of self became vague. Like Blanche she slept with almost every body and was beginning to dissolve mentally and to fray at the ends physically. I might have given her a tumble if it hadn’t been for Larry Oliver. I’m sure he knew she was playing around, but like a lot of husbands I’ve known, he pretended not to see it, and I liked him too much to invade his chicken coop.

Marlon’s words from his Autobiography Marlon The Songs My Mother Taught Me

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful drawing…your portraits are always fantastic…

  • Oh thank you so much dear Anna.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • This was the first drawing I did of Brando. Thanks so much Liz.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 3 years ago

    Mhk thank you for favourite of A Streetcar…

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    Awesome Anthea!!! Makes me want to rent the movie! XOXOXOXOXOXO

  • Oh thank you so Shar. It is a great movie. Did you get to see it? Thanks for lovely words.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 3 years ago

    Wonderful drawing again of Brando that was such an awesome movie such a great actor-to bad his personal life was not so great. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

  • He had a very sad upbringing my dear Renate. He had an absent and abusive father and a sad and alcoholic mother who abandoned him. He was always reaching out for love from them but they were so caught up in their own issues that they did not nurture and provide love for the young Brando. His autobiography was a powerhouse book and was deeply moving. Thank you for this beautiful comment dear friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    Slender gait..his nose perfect..rising passion and giving a twist toward self-consciousness..
    his eyes, with a pinch of torture inside, half hidding under the eyebrows.
    And the massive weight of the trunk….appealling and agressive.
    His world for a kiss….Blanche…having stabbed is Soul…at last.
    Rosa (read about Vivien…she could do it for she was great..but unfortunately she was mentally ill…will remain in our movie´s history as a gem difficult to emulate…wonderful portrait

  • Thanks for sharing this dear Rosa. I would love to read about Vivien she was a great actress. Your comment is beautiful.

    – Anthea Slade

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    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago

    S T E L L A…..

  • Yes Stella indeed :)

    – Anthea Slade

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 3 years ago
    A young Marlon Brando, handsome, pensive and beautifully drawn!!!
  • Biddumy thank you so much for this beautiful comment.

    – Anthea Slade

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