Friday, February 24, 2012

Hollywood and Beaufort By The Bay

 On this Oscar Awards weekend I thought I would share with you what makes my town so special, and its connection to the Oscars.
Beaufort South Carolina's southern charm, coastal views and gorgeous antebellum homes,has made it a perfect  backdrop for  about 20  movies that have been  filmed here..Some of the most popular are; The Great Santini,  The Big Chill , The Prince of Tides and the blockbuster, Forrest Gump ! Today I'm posting about The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies.

 The 1983  film  was nominated for three Oscars, best picture, best original screenplay and Glenn Close for best supporting actress.{ sadly it didn't take home any} This movie, along with  The Great Santini were filmed at this beautiful Antebellum home, known as "Tidaholm" or the Edgar Fripp House, but tourists call it the "Big Chill House". It is a must see when we have friends or relatives come to town.On any given day you can see the horses or  hear the clip clop of horse hooves as a  a horse drawn carriage take  tourists  on a carriage ride past this house touring this beautiful historic area with other antebellum mansions.

"Tidalholm" was built in 1853 by rice planter Edgar Fripp, who used this home as a summer house, where he came to escape the mosquitoes on St. Helena Island .What is funny about this this is St. Helena is only about 10 miles down the road.  When the Great South Carolina Expedition brought 80-some Union naval vessels and  Union soldiers into Port Royal Harbor,the planters left and abandoned these homes to save their  lives.The home also served as a union hospital during the civil war.

Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Meg Tilly, Richard Hurt, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Jeff Goldblum, and JoBeth Williams
                                  The Film was filmed entirely in Beaufort SC
Tom Berenger, with JoBeth Williams. This dock over looks the Beaufort River..Berenger married his wife Lisa, {now ex wife } who he met here in BFT while filming. They were married on the front lawn of Tidalholm. Berenger  who is very involved in the Beaufort community has a home just outside of Beaufort.   

                                     This was Bay Street, Beaufort, 1983 for the film.

                                                               This is Bay Street now

    One of my favorite scenes in the movie, dancing in the kitchen to "aint to proud to beg"and one of    my fave soundtracks still to this day.

                                                                    Great headboard

                                                         I have felt like this before.....

Images House Beautiful and Reel Scout

                                                       Do you have plans for the Oscars?

Have a great weekend. I will be posting about Forrest Gump next!



Calypso In The Country said...

What a beautiful town and home! I have always loved that movie and I agree that is such a great scene with them singing in the kitchen! That town is definitely on my list of places to visit! Have a great weekend!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Linda, you are lucky to live in such a special place.

SSM said...

Thank you for sharing.

I look forward to visiting.

Completely Coastal said...

Love this, great post!

Anonymous said...

Loved that movie and all the familiar scenery! What great memories.

Olive + White said...

I didn't realize you were from Beaufort! That is such a beautiful town. I spent a lot of my breaks in college there because my fiance was from there. I remember seeing Tom Berenger in one of the restaurants and almost passed I was there two years ago and rented a home by the intercoastal waterway, and we had an awesome time.