Bottoms Up! Tinker Bell Autographed Photo
This is an 8" x 10" composite, color photo, exclusive from me, and shows the animated character, Tinker Bell, falling over a spool of thread in the 1953 Disney film, Peter Pan, and me, as the original reference model for Tinker Bell, falling over some boxes onto a thin mattress.
I have signed the photo with the message, "Bottoms up!" for obvious reasons. I then wrote, "Tinker Bell" in quotes and then underneath that, my name, Margaret Kerry. This is my original signature not a copy.
The photo will come with a certificate of authenticity, also signed by me, assuring you that this is indeed my original signature. Of course you will have a lifetime guarantee as well or a full refund would be made.
Tinker Bell's predicament of falling backwards over a spool of thread is not to her liking at all. How do I know? Well, when I performed this sequence at Disney Studio, the prop man had given me a couple of boxes to sit on and draped some material over the seat and down onto a mattress - a VERY THIN mattress. When Marc Davis called for action and the camera was rolling I began the scene by playing a perplexed fairy. How will I escape from Wendy's drawer? Then Wendy slams the drawer shut after she retrieves Peter Pan's shadow. At that point in the scene -- with arms and legs flailing -- I was to fall over backwards onto the VERY THIN mattress. So, over I went.
My back went splat. You could hear the sound of my body hitting the mattress and the floor as if there were no padding there at all. I was a little woozy as I pulled myself up on my elbows and looked around.
I was not hurt in the sense of bruises or anything banged up. Disciplined in show business from the age of four, I knew that I should make light of the situation. However, I begged off doing the scene again until the prop man brought in an extra mattress!
In the film, Peter Pan, Tink has a thimble fall down over her head. She pushes it up and is very woozy as she looks around. Yes, you're right. On my first "take" the camera kept rolling and the animators used my glazed-over "where-am-I" look for Tinker Bell's facial expression just before she becomes angry and gets up determined to escape.
In this photo, the beautiful deep red background sets off an explosion of pixie dust popping up around the classic Tinker Bell (a padding of pixie dust would have been most welcome when I was performing the scene for Marc Davis).
I believe that we all have our predicaments and if we can just remember to Pixie-Dust ourselves off and start all over again we'll get through, just like Tink and me.