The people closest to me know that in my eyes, no male star shone brighter than that of Humphrey Bogart. He may not have been the most handsome of his contemporaries, but he stood apart from them for many other reasons. Bogie had a smile that could light up a room and a constant twinkle in his eye. That low unique voice of his invaded the hearts of millions. Whether playing gruff characters or romantic leads, he was able to captivate the attention and imagination of the viewer. He was a man that men could relate to and women could fall in love with. His allure was understated, yet evident to all those who saw his films. A friend of mine came across a fantastic poem about Bogart this week. I found it so unique and insightful I decided to include it here. The talented writer of this piece is Brian O’Connell, and the title is simple….Humphrey Bogart. No more need be said for a man who iconic and needs little introduction. In his words below, he captures the very essence and spirit that Bogart so naturally embodied.
One of the most beloved women of cinema and television history is the infamous Lucille Ball. I know she has been one of my favorite leading ladies since I was a child. In a way, I feel that I have grown up with her. Even on my worst day, I know that I can put in any disc from the I Love Lucy series, and my troubles will immediately dissipate (even if it is only a short while). I know that I am not the only person whom she has had the effect on. While she is no longer on this earth with us, she continues to reside in our hearts. With I Love Lucy episodes continuing to be present on cable stations, new generations are introduced to her old school charms.
Endicott, New York is a unique city in America. It was formed by the blood and sweat of hard-working immigrants along with the innovative ideals of industrial democracy. Endicott Johnson Shoes and IBM were two iconic organizations that were born in this area. In addition to its rich history, it is the city my relatives have called home for generations. It is where my parents met, and where I was born. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel back to this area this week to visit family members. During my stay here, I watched a fascinating documentary that intrigued and reignited my pride in having been born in the great state of New York (not that I don’t love living in Minnesota, mind you). Therefore, I am dedicating this post to some of the famous classic cinema icons that were born in New York.