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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Automobiles, Capucine, Carole Lombard, Design, Dovima, Fashion, Friday Fashion, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Irving Penn, Jean Seberg, Joan Blondell, Judaica, Judaism, Maayan Ariel, Montgomery Clift, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Quotes, Screenwriting, True Hollywood Confessions, Vintage Cars | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in America, Ann Miller, Art, Art Deco, Audrey Totter, Automobiles, Dovima, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell, Judaica, Judaism, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Photography, Rick McGinnis, William Powell | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: Mae Clarke, Girl, Gangster, Grapefruit

Most actors are remembered for their unique personae. Clark Gable was a man’s man. The humorous gleam in his eye sent daggers to the knees of women everywhere. Bette Davis practically cornered the market on the deeply neurotic woman clawing at the boundaries of love with baroque fury. Gary Cooper was the classic taciturn American, […]

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Art, Betty Grable, Cary Grant, Design, Dovima, Family, Friday Fotos, Ginger Rogers, Great Dialogue, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Blondell, Judaica, Judaism, Lielle Meital, Movie Posters, Movies, Myrna Loy, Painting, Photography, Quotes, Rita Hayworth, Ronald Reagan, Screenwriting | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Responses

Friday Photos: Welcome to the New La-La Land

  Hollywood was once the dream capital of the world. Movies peddled glamour and fantasy. This was La-La Land where outrageous plots and larger than life characters allowed audiences to construct alternate realities — entertainment. But La-La Land has relocated. On Wednesday, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New […]

Posted in Art, Friday Fotos, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Homeland Security, ISIS, Islam, Islam Denial, Islamic State, Islamic Terror, IslamoNazis, Joan Blondell, Movies, Obama Watch, Photography, Los Angeles, Pico-Robertson, Photography, Signs, Politics, Progressive Democrats | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

Take #1: The Meaning of Leaning in Hollywood

Leaning boards ( also called Slant boards) were invented for Hollywood players to relax between takes. Frequently, the costumes were cut on the bias, and tailored so snugly that the actor could not sit down without bursting a ladder of seams. In fact, most of the time, there were no zippers or buttons on the […]

Posted in Adrian, Fashion, Glamour, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Leaning Boards, Movies, Photography, Rita Hayworth, Tony Curtis | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Responses

Barbara Stanwyck’s Secrets

The new Barbara Stanwyck biography, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True, 1907 – 1940 by Victoria Wilson, is, with appendix, footnotes, index and acknowledgements, over 1,000 pages long. And it is just volume one. This first, full scale bio of Barbara Stanwyck is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) study of Hollywood’s greatest actress. Born […]

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Hollywood Mothers

On screen, they are larger than life. Hollywood stars seduce us with their glamor. They become the vehicles of our dreams and desires. We rarely imagine them as ordinary people. And so, when we see a Hollywood star posing with family members—mortals like you and me—it comes as something of a shock. But after a […]

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Friday Fashion: The Female Animal

For as long as fashion has existed, animal metaphors have been an indispensible part of the designers language. Hollywood, during its golden age, a leading arbiter of taste, heightened and refined the animal metaphor with brilliant costume designers turning ravishing movie stars into expressions of animal desire.

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