“Sensitive, shy–of course I was. The fun of acting is to become someone else.” This quote was spoken by Rita Hayworth, the ‘Love Godess,’ of the 1940s. After some searching into some poetry, I came across this intriguing piece of literary work. Not only does Rita appear as a contextual character within this piece, but so does Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn and of course, the iconic Humphrey Bogart. According to the site where I found this, it was written for an experimental poetry site, so unfortunately I cannot give the author their credit. Despite that, enjoy this unique poem highlighting iconic classic cinema stars.
Greta Garbo was said to have been one of the most flawless beauties to ever grace the big screen. While she did the best to keep her private life to her self, it was impossible to keep a captivated public out of her affairs. This article that I found, focuses on a very different side to Garbo than most publications cared to feature. Within its context, it is easy to see that she was a woman, an iconic figure of the 20’s and 30’s, subject to more cruelties than the average person ever has to experience in a lifetime. This is a truly unique article presented by Photoplay in 1932 by Ruth Biery. I hope that you enjoy discovering a new dimension to a very complex femme fatale.
As I had some free time away from school, I decided to page through some old Photoplay magazines, to see if I could find an article that caught my eye. Right away, I did. It was an article that was published in 1948 and was written by Humphrey Bogart himself. It was his retort to claims of him being a Red, due to the actions that he and other actors took in response to modern-day “witch hunt,” was being conducted by the House Committee for Un-American Activities. In today’s society, public figures taking a stand for what they believe in is common practice, and rarely has a negative impact on anyone’s career. However, during this time in history, there was mass hysteria and fear surrounding potential Communist ideals infiltrating American culture. At one point, even Lucille Ball was accused of being a Red. To help ease the public’s mind, Desi Arnaz opened the live filming of an episode by stating, “The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and even that’s not legitimate.” When Lucy came on-stage after the introduction, she received a standing ovation from the audience. Here is the article that Bogart composed to address the accusations of being a Communist.