How is it possible that the passing of someone I’ve never met . . . hurts like the dickens.

Reading the Widow Tillane’s tweet this afternoon really broke me down. I was at my favorite diner where my happy mood dropped like a stone as I sat there grappling with what I read and the emotions that came up on me unexpectedly…and publicly. This hurt.

Patricia Nolan-Hall was a classic film blogger known as Caftan Woman aka Paddy. Her blog was much more comprehensive than mine. Her passing hurts because Paddy’s personality came through the internet wires. It hurt because she felt real and not some anonymous ‘thing’ on the other side of my laptop monitor. She was friendly, warm, with a great sense of humor. You could feel it come through. It’s there in her words. I thought I knew movies, but her love and knowledge of movies is impressive. Her writing, prolific. Where’d she find the time? There wasn’t a blogathon she didn’t like and . . . not phone in a flimsy haphazard piece. I have hosted (or co-hosted) six blogathons. Caftan Woman graced my blogathons every time with interest and good cheer. If Paddy was in…I felt ‘golden.’ She’s on board. She’s participating.

I regret not meeting her. Look, I once made a quick surprise trip to San Francisco for the day, and another time I flew to Hollywood to see a friend’s fashion presentation. Hell, I even flew to Norway for a long weekend to surprise a friend. Why didn’t I think to write Paddy and ask if l could come through to Canada. Finally meet her. Grr…regrets!! Now this might strike you as my being selfish, but I hope Caftan Woman pre-dated some future movie essays for us to read as she faced what she had to face…so we could still feel her among us. But if not, and that’s totally understandable, we still have her blog which you can access by clicking on the photo on the left.

Paddy writes about the kiss in RIO GRANDE:

Blogged tributes to Caftan Woman:


Here’s a post Paddy wrote about 10,11 years ago for her new baby niece. Again, click on this picture to read “Lenny’s  Lesson Plan.” ——>



What I offer you below are six essays Caftan Woman wrote for blogathons I participated in.

For my classic symbiotic collaborations blogathon Caftan Woman writes on the collaboration between Der Bingle and director David Butler:

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“Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy premiered on the London stage in 1946 and was filmed by Anthony Asquith in 1948. Based on a true incident, the story, set in Edwardian England, expertly touches on matters of family, honour, philosophy, justice and the class system. What cost is too high to pay for ones’ beliefs?”

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“Theresa, the one and only proprietor of CINEMAVEN’S ESSAYS FROM THE COUCH presents The Free for All Classic Film Blogathon. When the instructions are to “write about anything your heart desires”, a day of happy surprises is in store for one and all. Click HERE and be amazed.

This blogathon announcement coming on the heels of New Year’s Eve indulgences, my mind went to Hangover Square, not just for the title, but for the tipsy feeling I get from this movie. We are inside and outside the mind of a man with a split personality; a musical genius and mad killer.”

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“Wowza! HOT AND BOTHERED – The Films of 1932 blogathon is here! Aurora of Once Upon a Screen has today’s contributions. Tomorrow check out Theresa of CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch for more steamy goodness.” I swear one of these days I am going to add up how many times I have seen George Chandler play a newspaperman. George is once again a reporter in 1932s The Beast of the City from MGM.”


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CineMaven has been sitting on her couch dreaming of homicide and wedded bliss. On Monday, July 24th click HERE for the contributions to the blogathon with the inspiring title of ‘TILL DEATH US DO PART. My contribution is a look at The Stranger and it is full of spoilers.”

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“Theresa, the CineMaven herself is hosting The Umpteenth Blogathon on January 18th. A tribute to those movies which have an addictive hold on our moving pictures loving souls. Every fan has many such films and HERE we get to gush about one of them. 

My selection is the energetic, music-filled, cynical, and hopeful 42nd Street released by Warner Brothers in 1933.”

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Here’s to you, Paddy! I’ll miss you. And I’m not alone in that sentiment either. Here are some blog tributes to Patricia Nolan-Hall you can click on . . . and there were countless tributes to her on FB and Twitter.


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17 thoughts on “CAFTAN WOMAN

    • Paula . . . the struggle is real. She’s in and out of my thoughts these past few days and I just can’t shake the feeling of “one of us” being gone. Such a warm and friendly lady. Her poor family.

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  1. What a sweet tribute to a sweet lady. Like you, I never met Paddy, but it felt like I had. She was just so genuine and warm — and funny! Every time I think about her, I start to tear up again. I have a feeling we’re all going to be mourning this loss for a long, long time.

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    • Michaela . . . I agree with you wholeheartedly. I looked at some fotos of her on her page and she was a real and vibrant person. Looked warm, had friends…family. Looked like she was the Life of her family. Damn, how they must feel. Yeah, I’m tearing up again.

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    • I appreciate the compliment. Thank you Vienna. How to sound respectful without being treacly or cloying. I wish I had met her. Darn it I wish I had made that happen. The loss, the loss is really profound. Hope you’re well.

      You know, I wonder if all of us shouldn’t just meet each other somewhere. I know people live near and far, COVID-restrictions abound…money is tight. But really, I wonder if we all shouldn’t just push for some central location to meet each other. RIP Paddy. We love you!


  2. Lovely tribute, I will always miss her presence at every event, and her great reviews and anecdotes. She really was a star. I definitely agree we should try for a worldwide meet up once a month, I’d be happy for a zoom meeting just to meet up with blogging friends.

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  3. I am still so sad over Paddy’s passing. She was one of my first blogger friends and she participated in every single blogathon I ever held. As you pointed out, her personality really came through the internet. Also like you, I regret that I never met her in person. She was such a wonderful, warm, sunny person.

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