Thursday, December 26, 2013

Update | First iPad Post

Today I finally got myself an iPad! I hope I'll be able to blog more now that I can do it somewhere other than my laptop. This is mainly a test post to see how this goes! 

And I leave you with this wonder photo of Rita Hayworth & Fred Astaire!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Update | I'm Still Alive

I know my post here have been few and far between, but I am still around and alive. Life has changed a lot for me in the last two years and I do not have as much free time as I used to, but I still keep Old Hollywood incorporated into my every day life. 

I think I may need to start posting more from my smart devices (iPhone & iPad)... it would be different. I just do not make my way on to the pc as much anymore. Let's see if I can get myself into gear!

With the Christmas being just around the corner, I wanted to come on and wish every one a very Marry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. If you do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season.

And with that I leave you with these images of Marilyn Monroe from 1951 showing us how you really fill up those Christmas stockings hanging by the fire place...

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Funny Lady Blogathon: Jane Russell in GPB

I've been a little absent from the blog scene for the better part of this year, so the Funny Lady Blogathon over at Movies, silently was the perfect jumping point for me to get back into the groove of things. It wasn't too hard for me to pick out a subject for this event... I knew right away it would have something to do with my favorite film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). While this film is billed more for its musical content, both of the leading ladies offer some comedic relief. I chose to highlight Jane Russell's performance as Dorothy Shaw. Her one liners are short, to the point, and manage to make me giggle every time I watch the film.

In this Howard Hawks Technicolor spectacle Dorothy Shaw is the friend and chaperon of Lorelei Lee (played by Marilyn Monroe) on their cruise to Paris. Dorothy has been given the task to keep an eye on Lorelei to make sure she makes it 'safely' to Paris. Needless to say the Olympic team and Mr Malone become a sort of distraction for love starved Dorothy and as a result she must help Lorelei get out of the mess she gets into on board the ship. The climax of the film comes when the police come for Lorelei and Dorothy dons a blonde wig posing as Lorelei and excites all the men in the French court room. And you'll just have to watch the film to see more!

Below are some of my favorite lines from the film...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Profiles In History: Milton Greene Auction

I know I haven't been around here much this year, but I am so glad to see you guys are still coming around! I hope to be able to make more time to do work on this blog because it is one of my favorite things to do! See y'all around!

On July 27th, 2013, Profiles In History will be holding an auction of items from the estate of photographer Milton H. Greene. We are talking about original negatives from some of his best work with the who's who of Hollywood. Most exciting for me are the offerings from his 50+ sittings with my idol Marilyn Monroe. There are some photos we have all seen over and over, but some of the photos being auctioned are very rare and haven't been seen before. From browsing through the catalog, most of the lots are expected to draw between $3,000 and $5,000. You can browse the catalog online or purchase a copy of it for $50. Follow the link below to find out more and below that are some of my favorite ladies seen in the catalog...

Marilyn Monroe
Kim Novak

Jayne Mansfield
Audrey Hepburn

Monday, January 7, 2013

Life Lessons From Gentlemen Prefer Blonde

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My favorite movie of all time is the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. The technicolor musical follows the gold digging adventures of Lorelei Lee and her chaperone Dorothy Shaw while they cross the Atlantic on their way to Paris. The film has a lot to offer the viewer in the form of luscious musical numbers, gorgeous Travilla gowns, and you probably didn't realize it, but it also offers many lessons you can put to good use in your own life. So just what can you learn from these two buxom beauties? You've come to the right place, keep reading!

01. Nobody chaperones the chaperone (DS)

02. It's just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor man

03. A man with "and valet" after his name is definitely worth while

04. Nine o'clock is when life begins

05. A kiss on the hand might feel very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever (LL)

06. Women should never admit their feet hurt (LL)

07. Certain hats are not be worn if you're in business

08. When love goes wrong, nothing goes right (LL& DS)

09. Diamonds are a girl's best friend!

10. On your wedding day, it's alright to say yes