>   I hate to be a nitpicker (not really), but Stella Dallas actually
> lived in Masachusetts.  Not having seen Bette Midler's reincarnation
> of the role, I can't vouch for her geographical identity.
>                                         Stephen Brophy
I was a tad confused by the SD-as-southern-woman citation -- but then,
tangentially, I *did* think of Marjorie Main, who plays Stella's mother
in the 1937 version and who (more to the point) appeared in the Ma and
Pa Kettle series . . . an offering for the "hillbilly" category.
Alison McKee
Department of Film and Television
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