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Remembering Buster Keaton, with Love and Gratitude


  1. I love Buster too! He always makes me think of my Dad!

  2. I wanted to like this post, but I think I liked your blog instead… anyway, beautiful post! I love Buster.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! And whatever you ended up “liking” I appreciate it!! 🙂

  3. Clarification: I mean I wanted to “Like” this post, as in press the little button! Sorry about that, haha.

  4. This is a really lovely post!

  5. You almost made me cry. I mean it.

  6. I’m so sorry!! I was really nervous about posting this for the blogathon, which is a joyous celebration of Buster, thinking people would read it and say Good Lord, who invited her?!? But I didn’t want to let the event pass by without thanking him.

  7. Beautiful and unforgettable, just like Buster.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Patricia!!

  8. Beautiful “love letter” to Buster. I like the fact that you took us back to your days of discovery. I like reading about others journey into film just as much as I enjoy recalling and writing of my own.

    • What a lovely thing to say, Mike! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your own love of movies!! ❤

  9. What a lovely piece, and one that really struck a chord with me. I discovered Buster at a different age and in different circumstances, but when I did I also felt a kind of personal connection that I’ve rarely had with other performers.

    We’re lucky that, even when separated by nearly a century, we still get let into his world.

    • Thank you for your very kind words. And yes, there is no better place to be than the world Buster created…

  10. Wonderful tribute and one that I think the humble Buster would’ve approved of. I love hearing about such special personal connections to film stars (although that doesn’t come close to describing what Buster was), it’s such a great insight into how much classic film still means.

    • Thank you so much!! I feel the same about the connections these films and the people who made them give us and how much they mean to us…

  11. thefyuzhe

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful man.

  12. That was beautiful. Buster has given me a lift many times when I have been down. I want to keep moving forward the way he does. Thank you for sharing such a personal testament with all of us.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Joe! I was very nervous about posting this, so all the supportive comments from people who feel the same way has really done my heart good!! ❤

  13. Such a lovely, lovely piece–and yes, it ties in with this blogathon beautifully. “Putting yourself out there” can be very difficult, so I’m glad you joined in and put so much care into this post for us!

    • Thank you so much, Lea! That really means a lot to me. And thank you for a terrific, very memorable blogathon!! ❤ Starting this blog last spring has led me to so many wonderful people, including you…

  14. This is a lovely tribute, what a pleasure to read!

    • Thank you so much for your kindness! I’m so happy you liked it.

  15. shaunesteele

    I have an ulcer, so I felt an immediate bond with you! (ha ha). I want to say thanks you for writing this wonderful, heartfelt piece about how important Buster was/is to you. I am not good with words, but you certainly are, and your words hit me right in the heart. xoxo

    • You are wonderful with words and I thank you for sharing such kind ones with me!! It really means a lot to me.

  16. Stephanie

    Oh, these are my sentiments exactly! I feel like Buster is one of my “soulmates”. Whenever I am down, I can watch a Buster movie and immediately feel better – I can relate to him; a quiet, gentle soul in a crazy, chaotic world; but, he inspires me to keep going. Thank you so much for this!

  17. Like this post very much- you write in much more personal way which makes it even more appealing – Love it.

    I’m from Canada and the National Film Board of Canada did an amazing documentary on Buster that my hubby and I really enjoyed. It’s also on youtube if this link won’t play outside Canada. What a fascinating man and incredible talent. I LOVE him in Parlour, Bedroom and Bath.

    • Thank you so much, Christy, for your kind words and for this link! It does work! And I love that it’s from Canada — my grandmother was from PEI!! ❤

  18. Le

    This is such a beautiful story, I *almost* cried (I have a similar support story with Gene Kelly when I was bullied). It’s a beautiful love letter to Buster, he’d be honored to know he was so important to little you.
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! 🙂

  19. I’ve read this piece many times, but have yet to comment on it! What a lovely tribute to one of the greats. Buster has helped cheer me up and give me hope in dark times as well. Your tribute to him is just amazing and so heartfelt. I hope you do this blogathon again next year!

    • Thank you so much for your extremely kind words and for sharing your own feelings about Buster. If Silent-ology’s Lea has another Buster blogathon this year, I will happily take part again!!

  20. This is honestly the sweetest post — and so beautifully written!

    • Oh wow thank you so much Nicole!! You’re so kind!!

  21. Reblogged this on Sister Celluloid and commented:

    Sharing again in honor of Buster’s birthday…thank you, Buster, for just about saving my life.

  22. Powerful writing, Sister C.

    • Thank you, Robert! He had (and has) a powerful effect on me.

  23. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Janet at Sister Celluloid pays tribute to the fabulous Buster Keaton on his birthday.


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