According to Time Out New York, here is what we learned from Gabriel Byrne at last night’s New Yorker Speakeasy:
When actor Gabriel Byrne was 18, he wrote a valentine (two, actually) to a girl in his class with the shiniest hair and the shortest miniskirts. It went something like, “Violets are blue/Sugar is sweet/And so are you/Guess who?” he kidded. Or maybe he wasn’t kidding; we don’t know. He then went on to read a love letter from Dylan Thomas to his wife, Caitlin, penned three months before he died. The last line: “P.P.P.S. Put your hand on your heart for me.” Reportedly, Thomas’s last words were “I’ve had 80 straight whiskeys; I think that might be a record.”
Here is the video compilation of the evening’s events, although Gabriel is not included. Still, some great readings about love, romance, and Bogey and Bacall!