Tuesday, May 12, 2009

People magazine's “Most Beautiful People” List

Recently, People magazine published their annual “Most Beautiful People” list and I was reminded of Michael Crichton, who once was on the list and featured in the May 4, 1992 issue.

Crichton’s bio on his official website (before it was revised a while back) said this:

“Crichton was named one of the ‘Fifty Most Beautiful People’ by People magazine in 1992, but, he observes, never again.”

That Crichton was never again on the list is a poor reflection on the staff of People magazine. Seldom has there ever been such a brilliant mind in such a handsome package.

I remember a quote from the play (and later film) The Lion in Winter by James Goldman. Eleanor of Aquitaine is remembering meeting Henry II for the first time and she describes it thus:

“He came down from the north to Paris with a mind like Aristotle's and a form like mortal sin.”

That line always makes me think of Michael Crichton.

And I thought he had especially beautiful hands.

Links and more info on Michael Crichton at:

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