When Ralph Cosham passed away today, the D.C. theater community and audiobook world lost a very gifted actor, and the world lost a truly lovely man. I only had the good fortune to work with Ralph on one show, but it was an incredibly important experience, and the beginning of my enduring admiration of him and of our friendship. We worked together on “Either Or” at Theater J, and each night I sat in the wings and watched Ralph and Paul Morella perform an absolutely exquisite father/son scene with great stillness and subtlety that I doubt most of us will achieve in our lifetimes. But, more importantly, Ralph and I walked down the block on two-show days for lunch and conversation. I’d have a pint (or two) and Ralph would have a glass of wine (or two), and we got to know each other a little. And this is what I learned about Ralph then and continued to learn over the years—Ralph Cosham was a family man, a bon vivant, a comedian, and a gentleman. He was quiet, kind, gracious, wry, very English, and very funny. Yes, he was an accomplished craftsman, but he showed me that that was the least important thing. Being a kind person, a good friend, a good father and husband is what it’s really about. We’ll all miss you very, very much, Ralph.
Maggie Smith, photographed by Lord Snowdon during rehearsals for Hedda Gabler (1970)
spazz-on-command said: Hey I thought you were following me before!
I did too! But then I wasn’t! Internet gremlins.
Photograph: Jérôme Bonnet/Corbis Outline
Part I! Though I’ll have to wait a bit for Part II… Thanks a million to @chris_paez at @thedolorosatattoo for the fantastic work! A class act all around.