Category Archives: Colleen Moore

Hidden Hollywood: Colleen Moore’s Not So Romantic Wedding Night

Flaming Youth was a huge hit and propelled Colleen Moore (1899 – 1988) to international stardom. Colleen was smart about her career, carefully choosing her roles and propelling herself to stardom. However, like so many young, inexperienced Hollywood actresses, she was not wise in her choice of men. Her notions of love were gauzy images based […]

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Flashback: July 4th, When Hollywood Was Patriotic

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who flourished in the dream factories, celebrated their love of America and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

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Friday Photos, True Hollywood Secrets: How to be Beautiful

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Hollywood — Play Ball!

Ever since Hollywood invented itself as a universal dream factory, movies about baseball were viewed as the perfect landscape in which to explore themes of loyalty, ambition, competition, and of course, love. More than any other sports genre, baseball movies have dominated the silver screen. And of course, Hollywood publicity departments frequently used baseball to […]

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In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

At five feet, two inches, he was the biggest star in the world. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was probably the most talented star Hollywood ever produced. His astonishing career started in the silent era as a child actor. Rooney made the transition to sound with ease, and his career saw work in radio, television and […]

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Friday Photos: Stars And Their Cars

Automobiles represent freedom. You climb into a car and go, go, go, whenever and wherever you want. The car is modern man’s most potent symbol of, and path to liberty. Contrast cars with trains. Trains and subways are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a state […]

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Friday Photos: The Not So Glamorous Family

Hollywood’s Golden Age, from the 20’s to the late thirties, was a dream factory. And glamour was the dream that was sold in every frame of every film. Studios tightly controlled the image of the stars they groomed and promoted, presenting them as glittering jewels, untouched and unsullied by the daily concerns of ordinary life. […]

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Colleen Bobs Her Hair

Colleen Moore Colleen Moore’s first husband, studio executive John McCormick, was, in many ways, responsible for steering the meteoric rise of her flapper film career. Unfortunately, he was also an alcoholic and frequently abusive. Director Mervyn LeRoy in his fascinating autobiography Take One, describes a terrifying night when McCormick, on a bender, tried to hurl […]

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Colleen Moore’s Wedding Night

Moore’s image of carefree flapper was at odds with reality. Flaming Youth was a huge hit and propelled Colleen Moore to international stardom—as she knew it would. Colleen was smart about her career. But like so many young, inexperienced Hollywood actresses, when it came to men her choices were based on on gauzy, romantic notions […]

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