Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review - Theda Bara, My Mentor by Joan Craig




Theda Bara is one of the most iconic stars of all time.  If you bring up the famous stars of the Silent Era, she is certainly one of the very first names that comes up.  Unfortunately, while her image may be familiar to many, her acting and the lightning impact she made on society is not.  Time has not been kind to her nitrate films, most are lost.  Mysterious and intriguing, she became the Vamp, THE sex symbol of the era.  Even though she was active a mere decade, she has an amazing 44 credits to her name.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Do You 'Vant to Be Alone' in Garbo's Abode?


     Have you ever wanted to live in Greta Garbo's infamous New York sanctuary?  It's recently on the market again.  Having only basically 1 owner since the famous film star left us in 1990, the fifth floor gem remains mostly intact.

Monday, March 6, 2017

RIP Robert Osborne

TCM Press Release; Source

    I haven't posted a lot lately because my life is in turmoil, but I had to post about losing TCM's Robert Osborne today.  As with many classic film lovers, TCM is a staple, and often, our first exposure to classic films and vintage life.  Robert Osborne has been a fixture on the channel for decades.  I can't think of the channel without him.  The past few years, Robert has been rarely seen on the channel.  In retrospect, I imagine he was quite ill, even though they never specifically stated the reason for the lack of appearances.  I haven't been able to quite connect well with the newer hosts the same way as with Robert Osborne.  I imagine it's because he really feels like one of the last links to the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Yes, Ben Mankiewicz has the pedigree, but I can't imagine him sitting to a meal with Bette Davis and John Wayne.  I hope TCM has success in the future, but how do you capture the same knowledge and wit that Robert Osborne had?  I don't know.  So I hope Robert Osborne enjoys the great movie palace in the sky.  The films must be amazing.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Noise

New Year's in Minneapolis; 1936

   Happy New Year! or Happy New Beer! as we say in my household.  As usual, all of my New Year's resolutions have not changed.  Maybe one year I'll finish one.  Hoping you and yours a wonderful, healthy,  safe, prosperous New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Peter's Perfect Presence Pisses Me Off


     Spoiler Alert - If you don't want to hear about Rogue One, don't read this.  The following opinion was based on my December 16, 2016 viewing.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Beery Bets on Buck's Beautiful Baby

Noah Beery Jr. and wife Maxine, Dell and Buck Jones.

". . . and Noah Berry, Jr., marries Maxine, the pretty daughter of Buck Jones".


Monday, December 5, 2016

Adolescent Ameches Aim for Acting?

Mr. and Mrs. Don Ameche; 1938

      Don Ameche thinks very seriously about the future of the young Ameches . . . they may very well all become actors - Photoplay, July 1940


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Darling Daphne Dazzles Daddy Douglas and will Junior Joel Join in



". . and leaning over the cradle of Miss Daphne Fairbanks (whose father remarked with that loving originality peculiar to all infatuated fathers that while he didn't know much about babies he did know she was the most beautiful child he had ever seen) was that handsome young man who doesn't, but who could, call himself Douglas Fairbanks, II . . . just behind this father of Daphne's stood her very young step-grandfather, Mr. Jack Whiting, the musical comedy star, together with the baby's adoring grandmothers, the very social Mrs. Epling and the very charming Mrs. Beth Sully Fairbanks Whiting."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tyrone Treks Triumphantly to Theater Territory in his Transport


A pair of very handsome young people flew West from Boston to San Francisco recently . . . their names were Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone Power . . . (if they had wanted to be very society about it they could, quite accurately, have signed their names Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone Power, III)


Friday, November 11, 2016

Constance's Cosmetics

     Constance Bennett seems to have had a bit of a beauty empire.  Today it seems like every celebrity has a beauty line, from Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty to what seems like the millionth Britney Spears or J.Lo perfume, celebrities have been in the beauty products game from the beginning.  The footage of Constance using her products survives and is incredibly intriguing.  Unfortunately it appears to be one of the sole surviving remnants.  Bennett's beauty empire lasted approximately a decade - an amazing feat since she began her empire during the Great Depression.  According to the author of The Bennetts, Constance was great at coming up with ideas, but terrible at implementation.  At one point she franchised the product.  The company apparently did a horrible job and ruined the brand's reputation.  Constance and Co. re branded, but was unable to recover from it.


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