This is Rachel Ward's first scene in the mini-series. According to David Wolper it was a night scene and a very difficult one, at that. It fell flat on the first shooting because, as Rachel Ward explained, she was too green and quite nervous. It was reshot the following day and came out perfect as was her performance throughout the remainder of the mini-series. Wolper's partner and co-producer, Stan Margulies, had seen Jane Seymour and she had been considered for the role of Meggie. But, as Wolper explains, Meggie had to be seen as vulnerable and Jane Seymour was too strong a personality to give that appearance, so the choice was Rachel Ward, a superb choice in my opinion. One cannot say enough good things about Richard Chamberlain; he was superb, at the top of his game, from beginning to end. The sane can be said for Richard Kiley, Jean Simmons, Barbara Stanwyck, Sidney Penny, Brian Brown (the only Australian in the cast), Piper Laurie, and the rest of the cast. If one wants to see a film that is replete with great acting, that is reason enough for viewing the mini-series. As a matter of interest, the shooting was not without its own off-screen romance. Rachel Ward and Brian Brown were wed following the filming, and now live in Australia.
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