Why I was drawn to Lee
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:12pm

First saw "For a Few Dollars More" when I was 18. I'm 70 now. Loved him all these years. Why? I don't rightly know - yes, he's different as an actor, yes, he's sexy as all hell, but there's a strange vulnerability about the man........ I've tried everywhere to find his artwork and only found one man on Facebook who had an original LVC which he shared. Strange and haunting painting - the sea, a woman......... I would so love to see more of his work. I understand it's hard to come by - maybe impossible. For many years, I feared his lovely pipe was actually dangerous to him - and so it was. He died so young. Heart disease takes so many. I understand his last wife, Barbara, wasn't fond of his fans. Isn't that a shame? I'll always be a LeeFan.

    • Welcome, "LeeFan"...! ;)DCG, Tue Jul 10 3:28pm
      Glad you posted, and you'll find we're a very friendly bunch, so please do stick around, eh? Am I correct in suggesting you're a "Bad Babe", as the gals here call themselves...? (VS a Bad Dude,... more
      • BadBabeLeeFan, Tue Jul 10 3:56pm
        Thanks, DCG! That's the correct photo of the painting I saw on Facebook. Maybe the critics weren't thrilled, but it's a heck of a lot better than I could do. The death of Jock Mahoney probably was... more
        • Yep, the 'Net/Web has done...DCG, Wed Jul 11 7:35am
          ...wonders for connectin' LVC pals. ;) Too bad Lee didn't live to see it, but I'm sure his spirit is laughing with joy, wherever he may be... Some of his family occasionally pop in, if you didn't... more
          • Never seen the pic...Maggie, Wed Jul 11 1:44pm
            ... and I have to admit it is disappointingly disappointing. Hm. I have seen those in his studio and they looked much better. This one also is very gloomy which makes you (or at least me) wonder... more
            • Well, of course, Maggie...DCG, Wed Jul 11 4:13pm
              ...as you well know, bobO an' I are always happy to "chime in" with our so-called "walking encyclopedia" of LVC knowledge. OK, LeeFan --- with all modesty, both bobO & I have been studying Lee Van... more
            • The GroupLeeFan, Wed Jul 11 3:46pm
              Thanks, Maggie for your welcome. I'm sure this is the right group because you are all so knowledgeable about LVC. As long as I have adored him, I feel I don't know much about Lee Van Cleef, the man,... more
              • Actually, LeeFan...DCG, Wed Jul 11 4:41pm
                ...while Alan was, indeed, the first Van Cleef family member to discover and post on this board (way back when, Aaron...the late 1990s?), both Alan's son Chris and Lee's granddaughter, Kate, have... more
                • The man vs. the actor vs. the roles he playedMaggie, Thu Jul 12 3:44am
                  I do not know whether we will ever be able to really sort that out, it was a time when it was much easier to sidestep limelights and tabloids (unless you were called Burton or Taylor, but with their... more
                  • LVCLeeFan, Fri Jul 13 6:40am
                    It's true that in LVC's time, it was easier to have some privacy and no, we will never know their private lives. I suppose it's none of my business, either, but natural curiosity gets the best of me... more
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