Such a Strange Flower

rat actress holding a calla lily

“The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower—suitable for every occasion. I carried them on my wedding day, and now I place them here in memory of something that has died.”

Stage Door, play-within-the-play. In the movie version, the lines are spoken by Katharine Hepburn . . . after coaching by the actress who did not get the part.

I saw it on American Movie Classics, back when they showed bona fide black-and-white classic movies with comfortable human hosts. I can always tell when someone has shown the movie recently, because there will be a flurry of interest in the phrase.