A dramatic legacy

Published 7:00 am Friday, January 15, 2016

First David Bowie, then Alan Rickman.
It’s been a rough week for the entertainment industry.
While I didn’t know either of these people personally, my life was still touched by their talent.
While I know very little about Bowie, except for my love of the movie “Labryinth” and my favorite Bowie song, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire),” I absolutely adored Rickman.
The film adaption of Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility” is one of my favorite movies. Rickman portrayed the dashing and quiet Colonel Brandon. In essence, the man every girl dreams of marrying.
In “Bottle Shock,” Rickman plays a Parisian wine taster who travels to the Napa Valley in 1976 for a blind taste test. In this role, Rickman showed off his more comedic side.
A role he will probably be best remembered for, besides the villainous Hans Gruber in “Die Hard,” is his portrayal of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies.
I enjoy the films; probably more so because Rickman acted in them.
In my opinion, he was a phenomenal actor. I don’t know how he was in real life, but I imagined him to be an approachable and humble man.
While I don’t keep in touch with the celebrity world, certainly not the Kardahsians, I do appreciate great works of art that evoke a wide range of emotions from viewers and make you think about your life in relation to a trauma or happy occasion.
My world will certainly be a bit dimmer now without the next Rickman performance to look forward to.
But it’s nice to know he has this amazing body of work to revisit when I choose.
While many of us don’t dream of celebrity status, it’s important to remember the legacy we will leave to those know us best.
For the most part, Rickman has been remembered fondly by those speaking out about his death, and that’s what we should all aim for, a positive remembrance of a life well lived.

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