When Bradley Cooper determined to take on the wedding of Leonard Bernstein and his spouse, the actress Felicia Montealegre, within the upcoming biopic Maestro, he sought after to seize it in all its complexity. And that intended no longer straight-washing Bernstein’s legacy.
Bernstein’s 3 kids — Jamie, Nina, and Alexander Bernstein — mentioned their father’s double lifestyles, at the side of the person who is portraying him in Maestro (which Cooper additionally wrote and directed), in a brand new interview with CBS Information Sunday Morning.
Bernstein wed Montealegre (performed within the movie by way of Carey Mulligan) in 1951, however in step with their youngsters she didn’t cross into the wedding beneath any illusions about her husband’s sexuality.
“She knew precisely what the deal was once,” their eldest kid, Jamie Bernstein, informed CBS.
“They clearly liked every different to dying,” Alexander Bernstein added. “They by no means fought in entrance folks. We by no means noticed any darkness. We felt so much. They saved the whole lot rather well tidied and beautiful neatly hidden.”
In a second recreated in Maestro, Jamie (Maya Hawke) asks Cooper’s Bernstein if “the rumors” about him are true, which he denies.
Felicia Montealegre died in 1978 from lung most cancers on the age of 56, which Jamie in part attributes to the tension of staying married to Bernstein.
“I believe find it irresistible price her the whole lot to stay with it,” she mentioned. “It was once actually tricky for her, and I believe it contributed to her early dying, in some way.”
Maestro hits theaters Nov. 22 prior to premiering Dec. 20 on Netflix.
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