A new video tribute to Maryann Forrester:
"I’m going to miss Maryann. Or rather, I’m going to miss Michelle Forbes, who always played her with wickedly irresistible charm and a brilliant touch of craziness."
Source: A blogger
"With the Mary Ann Forrester arc, arguably the series’ best to date, Ball quite brilliantly mixed Harris’ vision with his own to form a grand, mad stew that featured elements from Greek mythology, zombie movies, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, and Caligula, and was by turns frightening, campy, disturbing, and hysterically funny. This is thanks in no small part to the dazzling Michelle Forbes, who, in her juiciest role to date, managed to take Mary Ann from protective if slightly unconventional do-gooder to enigmatic manipulator to full-on lunatic, playing every aspect of the character to the hilt and maintaining credibility even at Mary Ann’s most demented moments. Harris included a maenad character in her novels, but she wasn’t nearly as central to the series as Mary Ann, whose mythical nature wasn’t even revealed until later on in the season. Mary Ann is, in many ways, one of the second season’s major catalysts, leading all of Bon Temps into a wicked frenzy of Bacchanalian orgies, decadence, and worse."
Michelle Forbes and Sam Trammell @ HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' season 7 Premiere, September 15, 2009 in Los Angeles.
"The True Blood season finale has left me in deep mourning. If it was up to me, the pouty, shape-shifting Sam Merlotte would have had his heart ripped out, and the Dionysus-worshipping Maenad would have gone on to rule Bon Temps for centuries to come. Based on the fanvids on Youtube, I’m not the only one who feels this way. In a show filled with guilty pleasures, it’s Michelle Forbes’ Maryann that’s the most delectable.
Most actresses playing a pleasure-worshipping immortal would have chewn the scenery and winked until their eyelids fell off, but Forbes played it straight. She didn’t care if the audience was in on the joke, and that made us love her all the more. In the season finale, Maryann tears up while watching her “bridesmaids” lick a giant egg. Although the situation is absurd, Maryann seems genuinely touched, a blushing bride. Like Bette Davis, Forbes knows that the secret to making camp sing is to endow a character with genuine, recognizable emotion. [...]
Update: Michelle Forbes yesterday at the EW's Pre-Emmy (or something like that) Party, West Hollywood.
Interview with EW from the event
@Michelle :: Keep telling them about Durham County :) --chris