Piquing interest in Savannah one celebrity connection at a time...
Did You know that the 50-inch statue of the "Bird Girl" made famous by the "Book" was created by sculptor Sylvia Shaw Judson in 1938 in the Chicago suburb, Lake Forest, Illinois, where I used to live? Surely you know that a copy of the statue was used in the opening and closing scenes of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." But did you know that John Cusack, who starred in the movie, is also from a Chicago suburb and once attended the YMCA camp where I once worked?
Not only that, but my good friend, who I met at that same YMCA, now works for the National Girl Scouts, the very same organization that was founded in Savannah by Ms. Juliette Gordon-Low. whose biography was the first one I ever remember reading? No lie.
Amazing coincidences continue. Charlize Theron loved to eat at
Mrs. Wilkes' Restaurant, when she was filming, "The Legend of Bagger Vance," (which looked more like it was filmed in Pinehurst .) It says so in the Mrs. Wilkes Boardinghouse Cookbook. Had I known, I’d have questioned Ms. Theron myself when I saw her in the ladies’ room at the Ritz Carlton pool in Kapalua. No lie. But all I said was, "are you Angelina Jolie?" because honestly, without her make-up and with her hair tucked into that little floppy hat, she did sort of look more like Angelina than herself.
More uncanny connections. The band that was playing on the City Market square the night we were in Savannah was from
Austin! Okay, so they admitted later, when we asked them how they liked the new Maudie‘s, that they were not really from Austin, but they just said that because it sounded more convincing and cool than to simply be hometown heros from Savannah, Georgia. Which they were.
Okay. So, what about that Pulaski statue in the Monterey square? Who doesn’t know about Cashmir Pulaski, the Polish-American Revolutionary War hero who has his own state holiday in Illinois thanks to the huge Polish-American population in Chicago who wanted to honor him? Did you know he was Washington’s highest ranking General who died at the siege in Savannah? Every year I had a day free from school in Illinois thanks to Pulaski’s heroism, but I didn’t really know exactly what he‘d done. Did you know? Do you think John Cusack knows?
Just one more thing. I once saw Kevin Bacon and Kevin Spacey in the same place in Austin, Texas out at Barton Creek and Kevin was saying to Kevin that he thought Savannah was really a cool place but he liked the Austin night life much more but Kevin liked the jazz and blues in Chicago but they both loved the beaches in Maui most of all.
What a small world...