The first time that I ever saw Lauren Bacall in a film, it was with Humphrey Bogart in, “To Have or Have Not.” She had an intensity in her eyes that I had never quite seen before, and she used them so effectively that she created a signature pose called, “The Look.” It created a sultry appearance, with her chin practically touching her neck, with those penetrating eyes staring straight up at the camera. Very few people realized that this was not a look that she had intended for superficial reasons, but rather it was due to her nerves. It was the only way that she could keep from trembling in front of the camera.
In the April 1958 edition of Photoplay, there was a wonderful article written by Caryl Posner, entitled “The Mystery of Jennifer Jones.” It was not until a few weeks ago, while watching TCM that I got to see Jones in a movie. She was sensational. During the film, “Portrait of Jennie,” (which she had starred in ten years previously in regards to this article), Jennifer was captivating and enduring, putting forth considerable charm. After this film, I wanted to see more of here. I have seen several of her pictures since then and have not been disappointed by one of them. Apparently, I am not the only one that wanted to know more about this talented lady, as there is a whole article devoted to this very idea.
In the February 1935 issue of Photoplay, there was an entertaining article entitled, “How Carole Lombard Plans a Party.” This “profane angel,” was known around Hollywood as the ultimate prankster and party planner. It is within this piece of journalism by Julie Lang Hunt, that we are given an inside look into how Carole came to be known as the perfect hostess. Unique themes and party favors never seemed to allude this woman of many talents.
While doing some further research on Rita Hayworth, I stumbled across an article that captured my attention. It is a fascinating piece of journalism that explores why many current starlets are opting for the classic glam look of the 40’s and 50’s rather than some of the fashions that dominated later generations. While there is no concrete explanation, the author eludes to the fact that in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, styles and fashion were dominated by the feminist ideal of “don’t look at me for my beauty, look at me for my brains, my power.” The screen sirens’ styles that the author states are being revisited were none other than Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. With the Oscars just around the corner, it will be interesting to watch and see which stars follow in the steps of these classic fashion icons. The whole article can be read by clicking this link.
I stumbled upon a rather intriguing article in the December 1931 issue of Photoplay, entitled, “News and Gossip of All the Studios.” Essentially, it is multiple pages of the latest gossip and action taken by some of Hollywood’s notables. While some of the blurbs appear dull or refer to individuals that I know nothing of, others are quite entertaining. I will share a few of them in this post. Enjoy!
Less than a week ago, January 16th to be exact, marked a very dark anniversary for Carole Lombard fans everywhere. It was a reminder that seventy years ago, we lost one of the greatest comediennes and actresses that would ever grace the big screen. As the majority of people know, the plane that she was returning on following her record breaking sales of war bonds, crashed into “Double Up Peak.” I wanted to write a tribute to her one the actual date that it happened, but unfortunately, I could not find material quite suitable. However, after going through some old magazines, I can across an article entitled, “What the loss of Carole Lombard means to Clark Gable.” The following is the article recreated here, verbatim. The author was Ruth Waterbury and it is from the Photoplay that was printed in April of 1942.
One of the most essential components of classic hollywood can be summed up in one word: Glamour. Many of the men and women who possessed the big screen appeared almost supra-human onscreen. They were gods and goddesses that walked among us. Flaw-less complexions, perfect make-up, hair styles that never fell out of place (never a bad hair-day in the lot), wardrobes fit for kings and queens, and a certain elegance that made them appear all the more ‘perfect.’ However, many of these stars had to go through painful and unpleasant practices in order to maintain the ideal screen presence.