“When Lady ‘O’ likes something 
she gets behind it…100 percent”   
~ ‎Nancy O’Dell, Entertainment Tonight

When Oprah Winfrey (Lady ‘O’)  adopts a movie, she really does it up. Just ask the cast of the British costume drama, Bellefeted at a fabulous garden party recently in the backyard of Oprah’s Montecito Estate near Santa Barbara, California three days after having seen the movie Belle on May 9, 2014.

You’ll see an abundance of pink peonies perfuming the tables and guests being served Cherry Infused Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cocktails.  

Click on the video below to see the rest of the decor and what was on the lunch menu.  Oprah, enthusiastically talks about her new passion, Belle and its breakout star, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.   

Critics are raving about Mbatha-Raw’s  “radiant” and “pitch-perfect” performance as ‘Dido’.

Director Amma Asante, Oprah​ {Lady ‘O’}
actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw & actor Sam Reid 

Cherry Infused Veuve 

Clicquot Champagne
Pink Peonies
Gugu Mbatha-Raw attending the Academy Awards

​’Dido’ Elizabeth Belle Lindsay played by actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw 

Ms. Mbatha-Raw was nominated for best actress in 2005 as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England.  
Juliet expresses to Romeo:
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.


Gugu Mbatha-Raw 
in a playful mood

​Pink Peony 

by Artist Cathyann Burgess
​​Amma Asante attends premier of Belle
Toronto, Film Festival_September 2013 

“Falling in Love” John Davinier, an aspirin attorney played 

by Sebastain (Sam) Reid & ‘Dido’ Elizabeth Belle Lindsay an aristocrat played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Belleis based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial woman in 18th-century Britain, whose relationship with her loving aristocratic family helped pave the way for laws ending the slave trade in the British Empire.
The baritone voice and superb performance of Australian actor Sebastain {Sam) Reid as John Davinier is wonderful to watch as he cultivates a relationship with “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw 
​Amma Asante directed a wonderfully 
romantic film of historical significance 
The color Pink became fashionable in the 1700’s
& is associated with Romance; it’s meaning is
unconditional love and nurturing
Belle was released on Friday, May 16th to major U.S. cities and Canada.  Belle’s debut in London was on June 5, 2014..  Click on the link above for the theatres in your city.

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‘Belle’ is my cup of Tea!

Camille Mitchell

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