I was recently watching the movie A Summer Place, and observing how Constance Ford’s character was so unfeeling, and abrupt. Ford played the Helen Jorgensen, mother to a young girl, who falls in love with the son of the woman, who Jorgensen’s husband leaves her for.
Ford/Jorgensen attempts to warn her daughter, ISandra Dee) away from love and passion. She does her job so well, you wonder how she ever relaxed enough to be intimate and conceive a child. The best way to describe her manner is someone who has been hypnotized and can only respond with “yes master.” I am not demeaning Ms Ford’s ability, just noticing that most all her roles seemed one and the same.
I thought of other characters Constance Ford had portrayed. She was Ada Hobson, for 25 years on the daytime drama Another World. I was a mere child in the late 1960’s when Ada’s daughter Rachel, (played by Robin Strausser) announced that she was pregnant by Steve Frame who was married to Alice Matthews Frame. Back then, a pregnancy which was the result of adultery was treated as a cardinal sin.
Victoria Wyndham who later took over the role of Rachel, spoke of not being intimidated by Constance Ford, so obviously this woman carried some clout. The fans loved ADA, who went through 4 husbands on the show. She was voted number 23, in a of the top 50 soap stars of that day.
Ford also had roles in the Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Twilight Zone. I realized that in every television show or movie, Ms Ford’s character was always the same. She was abrupt and rarely smiled. Her eyes seemed to bore holes in in you.
I do not believe I ever saw Constance Ford in a passionate role displaying real emotions. She gave her lines as if she were reading straight from a script. Her face always seemed sad, as if she were hurt or in pain. Even so the lady was always in high demand.
Constance Ford had a cold calculating type of beauty. She was small in stature and had lovely blonde hair. Her eyes often had the sad look of a wounded animal, or as though there was some hidden pain behind them. Even though in my opinion, Constance Ford came across often like the ice queen, there was something endearing about her. And I find myself drawn to any television show or movie that she was a part of.