anne of green gables

Gilbert Blythe: A Writer’s Kindred Spirit

 

 

The news of 48 year old Jonathan Crombie’s recent and sudden death came as a tragic shock to fans of “Anne of Green Gables.” While many fans may not have known much about Jonathan himself, they felt a strong connection to his superb portrayal of Gilbert Blythe in the CBC mini-series adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s novels. Jonathan’s portrayal of Gilbert was executed exactly the way that fans of the novels envisioned him. In fact, he played the role so well that many fans refuse to see any other screen adaptation, myself included. So when the news of Jonathan’s death was announced, it almost felt as though Gilbert himself had died.

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