Facts you may not know about Bryan Brown
It's not that Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown aren't around for the sequel. Meggie doesn't repair her relationship with her daughter, Justine. Today, more than 25 years later, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown tell They are also the consummate working couple and never more so than. As the Australian actor Bryan Brown turns 70 on June 23, we look at his career highlights and interesting facts Slide 1 of Bryan Brown arrives ahead of the Sydney Film Festival Closing Night Brown is married to his co-actor from “The Thorn Birds” – Rachel Ward, since Couple's 16 drug-smuggling cruises.
Asked why he made "The Missing Years," Wolper told critics about how incredibly successful - and profitable - the original series had been. But that's not exactly true. Yes, the original miniseries skipped over some of the events in the book - but almost nothing in this new two-part movie bears any resemblance to anything that was in the book.
What has happened is that Wol-per and script writer David Stevens have taken McCullough's beloved characters and built a mundane - sometimes ridiculous - story around them that not only pales in comparison to the original but often directly contradicts events in both the book and the first miniseries. And "The Missing Years" revolves in large part around a custody battle - a plot that has been told and retold in countless TV movies and episodic series.
And often told a lot better than this. It's not so much that Richard Chamberlain is the only member of the original cast to return to "The Missing Years. It's not that Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown aren't around for the sequel. Or even that Jean Simmons no longer adds her considerable presence as Meggie's mother.
I don't want anything but it is extraordinary that you can have a family of that many [Ward also has two half-brothers] and the eldest brother was left everything. For nearly four decades, Claire Ward, said to be 's most beautiful debutante, lived with the notoriously louche Lord Lambton in a sprawling 17th-century villa near Siena where they hosted guests including Prince Charles.
Lambton had quit the British parliament in after photographs of him naked in bed with two prostitutes, smoking dope, were published. According to a Daily Mail report, after his death, Claire was forced to leave the Tuscan estate to make way for Lambton's son and returned to England, devastated. Peter and Claire Ward separated when Rachel was young and it seems that her relationship with her father was a distant one - "I mean, I saw him once every 18 months and he wasn't a great communicator.
He was of a time and a certain [place] I always felt for her father. Those things are so affecting, so affecting. When you lose someone early, to survive you cut off certain emotional things For years now, Ward and Brown have mentored troubled young people: Brown is reluctant to talk about it - "You give a bit of help where you can.
And she did - but not before she'd demanded that flesh-heavy photographic plates destined to be used for a New York magazine cover in the early '80s were broken. At some point, perhaps with Ward's shift from Hollywood sex symbol to northern beaches mum in the '80s, there was a metamorphosis from carefree beauty to driven woman of substance. And Brown's influence has been pivotal.
His thing was, 'What do you need an education for? You should marry someone rich.
Girls like me get in a lot of trouble. Through flashbacks to Ned's childhood with his twin, Kate Sophie Loweconfronting family secrets emerge. Some might find the film and its themes of sexual awakening dark - and indeed Ward found some inspiration for her "gothic love story" in the photographs of Bill Henson. Leah Churchill-Brown first read Ward's script in on her return from Cannes with the award-winning Suburban Mayhem.
Most people, he reflects, would still think of her as Meggie in The Thorn Birds but "that's a year-old girl and here's a year-old woman". You can't just make a feature film on a whim, he says. Great picnic spots on river beaches. After lunch, a short but arduous climb brings you back to Coal and Candle Drive. Turn left and continue to the river. Look out for freshwater pools along the way.
A ride for the fit and the brave. Her speech is all rounded vowels and fruity language and she has a disconcerting habit of looking away as she talks, down over the top of her glasses to the floorboards or across to the stretch of green that runs down to the harbour. Her attention snaps back, though, when an unexpected visitor strolls onto the veranda.Rachel Ward Reunites With Thorn Birds Costar Richard Chamberlain
It's Sam Neill, apologising for the interruption and man-hugging Brown. The actor comes bearing a gift for his old friends - a framed caricature of Brown by Herald artist John Shakespeare, published earlier this year.
Double or nothing
Look what he gave me," says Brown, holding it up for his wife to see. For locals, the couple are part of the furniture - you might spot them queuing for coffee at Bertoni, getting groceries in Woolies. Ward, who was filmed on this veranda for a video in support of Patrice Newell's Climate Change Coalition before the last election, often grabs her bike from a shed just inside the front gate and pedals up to Balmain shopping village.
They share, he says, "alleged artistic sensibilities" and discuss projects, films they've seen.
Double or nothing
At Balmain, he says, they host "tremendously great social occasions" attended by a roll-call of luminaries - British actor Richard E. Ward would come to be a saviour of sorts for Campbell, an actor who became a New York nightclub owner in the '80s.
Moving back to Sydney five years ago with her young daughter, Campbell struggled to adjust. Ward invited her to lunch, went out of her way to introduce her to people.
I cannot say enough how much I appreciate that. Every second Friday for the past few years, Ward and a composer friend have left the city for what she calls an "adventure trip" - kayaking, cycling or hiking see box, page What's so extraordinary about Sydney is that in half an hour you can be in some incredible national park.
In an article forpublished last November, she wrote of lakes, snow-capped mountains and glacial river valleys.
And, uncharacteristically, of the shopping: All indications are, that one way or another, Ward has been bowling Brown over since they met on The Thorn Birds set. But the pair's great love affair has been famously fiery - "not just ups and downs but volcanos and tsunamis", declares Waterstreet. A newcomer might find the couple's jousting discomfiting, as during this exchange about the process of writing the script: He's always in a position of rightness.
What I do is I give my opinion. I go, 'For me, it's not there yet. While Ward is candid - she once described Brown as "a good root" - he lets only a few personal details slip: That as a child, he had such dreadful stage fright in an eisteddfod that three times he got up on stage, opened his mouth and nothing came out. No doubt there are times Brown would prefer that nothing came out of his wife's mouth. Lounging on a sofa with her brown boots slung up over the arm, she's talking now about England and how she has come to embrace her privilege, in the most English sense of that word, rather than shunning it as she once did.