Friday, April 18, 2008

The part of Rhett Butler will be played by a Japanese woman

In 1977, Japan's all-female theater group Takarazuka Revue premiered its production of a musical version of Gone with the Wind.

The role of Rhett Butler went to Haruna Yuri, then the troupe's biggest star, who played the role with a Clark Gable-style mustache.

That she was the first Takarazuka actress in a leading role to sport facial hair would have caused enough of a stir on its own. But Ms Yuri multiplied the controversy tenfold by wearing the mustache offstage at public appearances. She explained that she wanted to get used to it and so be less conscious of it on stage.

"After this show runs its course, maybe I could get into painting."

—Mellow Monk

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