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Peter OToole and Helen Slater appear in the 1984 movie Supergirl. OToole died on Dec. 14, 2014. Slater shared a memory of an acting lesson he gave her. / Helen Slater attends Disney-ABC Television Groups 2013 Winter Press Tour on Jan. 10, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment / Giulio Marcocchi / Startraksphoto.com

Peter O'Toole remembered by 'Supergirl' co-star Helen Slater

12/16/2013 by Corinne Heller

Peter O'Toole, who died at age 81 on Saturday, may be known best for his role in "Lawrence of Arabia" but comic book fans may remember the iconic Irish actor for his part in a different film -- "Supergirl."

The movie was released almost 30 years ago, in 1984, and starred Helen Slater as Clark Kent's cousin, Kara Zor-El, known on Earth as Linda Lee. O'Toole played her mentor, Zaltar. Slater, who turned 50 on Sunday, shared with OTRC.com a fond memory of working with O'Toole on "Supergirl. She said the following in a statement on Monday, Dec. 16:

"One of the best acting lessons I ever received was from Peter O'Toole," Slater said. "We were on the set of 'Supergirl' and there was a break for a scene change. Somehow I ended up performing my Juliet monologue for him. 'Thou knowest the mask of night is on my face else would a maiden's blush be paint my cheek for that which thou hast overheard me speak tonight...'"

"I was so eager and passionate and my arms were flailing in devoted love for my Romeo," she added. "Mr. O'Toole took a pause, and then asked me to do it again. This time I should imagine holding in each hand, between my thumb and forefinger, a dandelion. I did the speech again, and now the poetry took flight. The difference was miraculous. It was one of the finest acting lessons I ever got."

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