When Sawalee Pakapan was little, she saw a movie about a young woman who arrives in Hollywood and dreams the Tinseltown dream of becoming a star. The woman, played by Janet Gaynor in the 1937 film A Star is Born, walks down Hollywood Boulevard and, in a moment of reverie, places her own hand on the handprint of a great movie star fantasising that fame would one day ask her to leave her own print on the ground.
Sawalee Pakapan in the film Fai Cheewit in 1956. The film was shot in Hong Kong.
"I was very small when I saw the film," says Sawalee, now 83. "But the memory of that moment when the woman measures her hand against the handprint of the big star has stuck with me. I began to have that dream too _ the dream of becoming a great movie star."
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