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Miriam Hopkins and Darth Vader

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 8th, 2011
2011
Dec 8

MIRIAM HOPKINS

Miriam Hopkins and Darth Vader

 

  

What is the connection between Miriam Hopkins and Darth Vader of Star Wars?

 

 

Hurray for Google! The majority of answers were correct. In 1936, Miriam went to England and appeared in a film for Alexander Korda called Men Are Not Gods. Her costars were Gertrude Lawrence and Sebastian Shaw. They were involved in a love triangle with both women in love with him. In the film Shaw was married to Lawrence and had a clandestine affair with Miriam.

 

Shaw continued to do occasional films but mostly was seen on stage and television. In 1983, George Lucas chose him to play the unmasked and dying, Darth Vader. He was credited as Anakin Skywalker, and was also seen as his spirit in a vision to his son, Luke.

 

 

Miriam day-dreams of Darth Vader 

 

  

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8 Responses

  1. landman Says:

    Miriam Hopkins was in a movie “Men are not Goods” in 1936. She acted with Sabastian Shaw, who many years later was unmasked as Darth Vader. I think I might have part of this correct. Allan?

  2. Colleen Says:

    Sebastian Shaw!

  3. alice Says:

    Anakin Skywalker a.k.a. Darth Vader was played in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) by Sebastain Shaw who played Edmund Davey in Men Are Not Gods (1936) starring Miriam Hopkins.

  4. Jim Davis Says:

    how’s this – Sebastian Shaw played opposite Miriam Hopkins in the 1936 film Men Are Not Gods and also appeared as the unmasked Darth Vader at the climax of the 1983 film Return of the Jedi.

  5. Jen Says:

    Hrmmmm…I know James Earl Jones’ father was an actor, did she do a play with him, perhaps?

    Either that or she was a Jedi. =D

  6. Colleen Says:

    Great movie! This is the movie that started the fascination with Miriam for me, back in 1983. Thanks for the trivia, Allan.

  7. landman Says:

    The eyes are the same, then, and at the time of Darth Vader.

  8. Colleen Says:

    Just taking a moment to remember Miriam Hopkins, one of Hollywood’s finest actresses. Happy Birthday, Miriam. You are not forgotten!

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