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