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Lawrence Beesley's 'girlfriend'


Leigh Goodwin who he starts to fall in love with as I understand is a composite of two women the real Beesley met on the Titanic. Which two?

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Sorry I can't help as I've never heard htat she was based on anyone, but perhaps you could chekc out Beesley's book on the sinking. I've never read it, but I understnad it's a pretty full account of his experiences on the Titanic.




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There's a more practical reason why the Leigh Goodwin character was invented. She's there to give Beesley someone to talk to so that in a conversation, we can hear in dialogue many of the observations about the Titanic Beesley made in his book. For instance, when they both see the young man in steerage and speculate that he's really a rich boy not used to being in those surroundings, that's something that Beesley actually observed. But the only way you can dramatize that is for him to talk to someone about that, and logically you might assume a woman he meets aboard ship. Because they don't show them in a romance, I think this kind of fictionalization is fair game to communicate a broader truth as it were.

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There is a famous photo of Beesley and a woman on exercise bikes in the Titanic's fitness room. I think the filmmakers saw this and based a significant subplot around it. But the woman was not actually a passenger on the Titanic. She was a friend of he who had seen him off at Southampton. She took a tour of the ship when it was in dock, and the photo was shot by a photographer who also left the ship before it launched, explaining why the photo did not go down with the ship.

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Huh? Eric-62-2 said,

)) Because they don't show them in a romance, I think this kind of fictionalization is fair game to communicate a broader truth as it were. ((

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