Kay Kendall

Kay Kendall

Kay Kendall would have been a natural for the 1930’s screw-ball, comedies. She would have fit nicely in with the edgy, 1960’s films. Kay Kendall crashed into Hollywood between those times, when she just didn’t seem to find her niche and become a superstar. Kendall was never afraid to compromise her beauty for, comedy…with a distorted face, eye-popping, or “drunk” fall-downs! She was beautiful, talented and a true comedienne, audiences just weren’t ready for her, yet. Sadly, Kay only had a short-ime, in the spotlight. She had myeloid leukemia. When she starred with Rex Harrison, in 1955, the two had an affair and Harrison’s (VERY) understanding, wife granted Rex a divorce so he could care for, Kay. They married in, 1957. Rex learned of Kay’s illness from her, doctor. For some unknown reason, she was never told by the doc or her lover, why she was sick. Kay merely thought, she had an iron deficiency. Rex made sure they lived the good life, until Kay passed away at age 32, in 1959. Way too young… I think of the Jack Kerouac quote from, “On the Road”, in regard to Kay Kendall’s personality and life: ” the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”


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