All posts tagged: the Basil Rathbone Biography Project

Interview with Marcia Jessen

Today The Baz is talking to Marcia Jessen, creator and owner of basilrathbbone.net, the first and last resource for anyone looking to research Rathbone’s life and career. In addition to her chores as webmaster, Marcia is one third of the newly formed Rathbone Biography Project. We’re very grateful she’s made time in an incredibly busy life to talk to us. TB: Tell me about how you became interested in Basil Rathbone. Marcia Jessen is the creator of Basil Rathbone: Master of Stage and Screen. She hopes that researchers and fans alike find it a reliable resource of information. Marcia has been a die-hard Rathbone fan since the 1960s, when she saw the Sherlock Holmes films on television. Her “other” job is curriculum and production editor for Judson Press. She has one son, Michael, who is now grown and living in Boston. Marcia shares her home in Pennsylvania with her two cats, Boris and Natasha. JESSEN: Like so many people, I loved the Sherlock Holmes movies that Rathbone made. Then I saw Dawn Patrol and loved …

the Basil Rathbone Biography Project

To date, 46 years after his death there is still no full length biography of Basil Rathbone. The Biography Project is working towards achieving one. How it began As soon as you start a website about anyone or anything people begin writing to you and sending you things. Since I’ve been running this blog I’ve been getting emails and comments sent in, and a fairly significant minority of these have been bringing to light some facet of the Baz’s life, of which I was not previously aware. Some of the pieces of information coming in are tiny, others (one or two) have been quite huge in their potential impact on Basil’s life and work; some have been things that were hidden away in personal papers or family recollections, some have been published in books but yet somehow not assimilated into the “official” Rathbone biography you’ll find on Wikipedia and the IMDB – and indeed in Basil’s own elegantly allusive, poetically selective “autobiography.” Looking at some of this stuff, it occurred to me that they’re pieces …