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Five Questions with South Pacific’s Mitzi Gaynor on Kauai

Mitzi_Gaynor_South_Pacific_Princeville_KauaiMitzi Gaynor was back on Kauai, for the first time since filming South Pacific there in 1958. 

Now 78, Gaynor is still glamorous, vivacious—and whole a lot of fun to talk to.

We sat with Ms. Gaynor ("Mitzi, please," she told us)  in the spanking new lobby bar of the St. Regis Princeville Resort

Right outside was the bluff where she filmed the “Some Enchanted Evening” scene with Rossano Brazzi. In the distance was the beach where she sang “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy.”

After we got her to stop asking us questions (“If we’re going to be friends, you need to tell me about yourself,” she said), we prevailed upon her to answer five questions of our own.

HAWAII: You haven’t been back to Kauai since South Pacific, 51 years ago. Why so long? Were we mean to you the first time?

GAYNOR (laughing): Oh God, no. Because we’d go to Honolulu and all the friends we made here would, say, We haven’t been off the island for a while, and come visit us there. I always had something to do in Honolulu, an personal appearance or something, so I never had much time. We figured if we ever came back over here, we’d never leave.

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