Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book of the Day: Remembering the Character Who Made the Author Famous

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When Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil hit American theaters, The Lady Chablis- who played herself, of course, because you don’t mess with The Doll, you don’t cross The Lady- announced she fully expected to be the first person to win Best Supporting Actor AND Actress.

“Larger than life” did her an injustice. She grabbed the movie just as she did swathes of John Berendt’s book. And now, today, the Savannah papers are reporting the death of The Lady Chablis:

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil scene-stealer and Savannah legend Lady Chablis has died.

According to sources, Lady Chablis passed away at St. Joseph’s/Candler surrounded by family and close friends.

Lady Chablis rose to fame in John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and the subsequent movie. She also authored a book, Hiding My Candy, and appeared on various TV and talk shows, including Oprah.

Lady Chablis continued performing around the country, making Club One her home base in Savannah, drawing crowds once a month for special appearances.
In honor of a singular character’s plural identities, Henry Bemis offer the book she made famous:

Berendt, John, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Random House, 1994). ISBN  0-679-42922-0. “The Book,” they call it in Savannah. This shaggy dog tale wraps around a murder trial, but the stars are locals like drag artist Lady Chablis, who stole the book from a gigantic cast of eccentric characters. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Autographed by the author at Clary’s Cafe’ in Savannah. HBB price: $35.


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