Good old W.C. by © Kira Bodensted

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A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.
W.C. Fields

William Claude Dukenfield (1880 – 1946), better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields was known for his comic persona as a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs, children and women.
The characterization he portrayed in films and on radio was so strong it became generally identified with Fields himself. It was maintained by the movie-studio publicity departments at Fields’s studios and further established by Robert Lewis Taylor’s 1949 biography W.C. Fields, His Follies and Fortunes. Beginning in 1973, with the publication of Fields’s letters, photos, and personal notes in grandson Ronald Fields’s book W.C. Fields by Himself, it has been shown that Fields was married (and subsequently estranged from his wife), and he financially supported their son and loved his grandchildren.
However, Madge Evans, a friend and actress, told a visitor in 1972 that Fields so deeply resented intrusions on his privacy by curious tourists walking up the driveway to his Los Angeles home that he would hide in the shrubs by his house and fire BB pellets at the trespassers’ legs. Several years later Groucho Marx told a similar story on his live performance album, An Evening with Groucho.

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Edited in CS3 and Topaz
Overlay mask courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations

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  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Outstanding work, Kira!

  • Thank you Tori – much appreciated ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Awesome work. He spoke sarcasm fluently. :o)

  • He was quite a character – thank you Bunny ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    Wonderful treatment in this great capture!!! Bill

  • Thank you Bill ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • andy551
    andy551over 1 year ago

    Brilliant, amazing work !

  • Thanks very much Andy ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Wonderful write up and i remember this man i do W.C..Fields wonderful traveling back in time and remembering alot of these characters people who had an impact on the lives of many..Wonderful treatment nice detail and framing wonderful classic feel and style to this nicely done hugs a fav ty for sharing beautifuly done hugs

  • Thank you Bonita ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

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