About reelhollywoodlegends

I am a 28 year old registered nurse. When I am not studying to complete my BSN program, I am trying to engage in my other passion.....classic Hollywood movies. In a unique turn of events, my passion for classic films developed into a passion for vintage jewelry. My mother, sister and I all work as partners in a small business endeavor that includes selling pieces of vintage costume jewelry but also repurposing certain pieces. In addition, we continue to utilize my sister's skills to help colorize classic film star photographs in order to help breath new life into them. While these are different avenues that have split from core of our passions -- Classic Hollywood and the Golden Era.

Giving Thanks This Season

I am so delighted to be back blogging after this long hiatus.  This initial post will remain short and sweet.  One of the biggest changes over the past few years has been the interest I have developed in vintage costume jewelry.  Practically every leading lady in the Golden Era wore costume pieces designed by iconic names such as Hattie Carnegie, Joseff and Miriam Haskell.  However, I realized that this will be a good post for a later time.  With Thanksgiving only two days away, I decided it would be appropriate to share some festive images of film icons related to this holiday.  I have a great deal to be thankful for this year and my return to the blogging community is just one of many.

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Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney

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Bette Davis

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Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

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Ava Gardner

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Lucille Ball

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Carole Lombard and Clark Gable

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Mary Pickford

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Joan Crawford

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Ginger Rogers

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Thelma Todd

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Rita Hayworth

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Shirley Temple

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Marilyn Monroe

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Jean Arthur and Ray Milland

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Audrey Hepburn

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Debbie Reynolds

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Ann Sheridan

Couples who Inspire

http://makemelaugh.com/classic-love-scene/Unfortunately, nursing school has kept me so busy that I have had very little time to blog.  It is hard to believe that I am finally in the home stretch, with about two months of school left.  On top of all the excitement of soon being able to become a RN, a very special event took place in my life a few weeks ago.  On March 1, my best friend and the most amazing person I know asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.  I was completely taken by surprise with the proposal, and it was perfect in every sense of the word.  That was my inspiration for this post.  In the Golden Era of Hollywood, much like today, there were few marriages that lasted a lifetime.  The first few couples depicted are those who spend their whole lives together creating countless memories.  The last few, happen to be some of my favorite Hollywood romances, that were cut too short, but who had enough love in them to last a lifetime. Continue reading

Prayers for Newtown, Connecticut


I was in the middle of studying for my nursing final, when I heard the devastating news.  Having spent much of my childhood growing up in Connecticut, this incident hit very close to home.  No words can express the horror and disgust that I felt and continue to feel as the details of this travesty continue to emerge.  This post will be short and simple.  My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and children impacted by this display of truly incomprehensible evil.  Make sure that you give your loved ones an extra hug today and tell them how much they mean to you.  This is an unfortunate example of how truly short and precious life is.  It is also a sad reminder that mass shootings are becoming an all too familiar occurrence in our society today.  Please join me in sending your thoughts and prayers to those directly affected by the shooting, as I cannot fathom the grief that they are experiencing.   A quote that I came across tonight could not have expressed my sentiments any better, “The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight.”

Watching Classic Films Through Different Eyes

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Hollywood has Gone to the Dogs

I cannot believe that close to a month has passed since I last posted to my site.  That is highly uncharacteristic for me.  Summer seemed to fly by this year, and was filled with numerous bouts of out-of-town company, in addition to several unexpected events.  If you are like me, then the pets that you have become part of the family.  You don’t view them solely as animals, but rather as an extensive of your household.  My house is never quiet as I have two Airedale Terriers and one Cavachon (though she thinks that she is a big dog).  Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, my eldest Airedale, Maggie, became very ill.  It was told to us that the vet suspected her kidneys had begun to shut down and that there was little more they could do for us at our local vet.  That was an incredibly painful day for us as we tried to mentally prepare ourselves for the loss of our ten-year old dog.  Towards the end of the day, our vet decided to try one last thing which required referring Maggie to a Vet Hospital that had around-the-clock care.  They took fabulous care of her, as she spent several days in their ICU.  With each passing day at the facility, she regained small signs of her old spunky attitude.  For the first time that we discovered she was ill, we saw a small light at the end of the tunnel.  After countless tests and hours of worry, the emergency vet believed that they had an answer to what had caused the ominous kidney values.

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Olympians and their Roles in Classic Cinema

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When the opening ceremonies commenced, I knew my next two weeks would be consumed by watching the 2012 Olympics.  These skilled and talented athletes inspire the entire gamut of emotions from the viewers.  From admiration and national pride, the public becomes engrossed in the latest medal counts along with the triumphs and  tribulations of their favorite Olympians.  Nowadays, many of the top athletes in their field grace the covers of magazines, have photo shoots and endorse specific product brands.  They become celebrities in their own right.  It seems that Olympians gaining notice from Hollywood is nothing new.  While reading up on the current games I came across a fascinating article from the Los Angeles Time.  Susan King composed, Olympic Champions Have a History with Hollywood, which brought to light the prestigious athletic backgrounds of three classic cinema stars from the 1930’s.

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Stars, Stripes and Pride

Reference: http://classiccinemaimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/olga-san-juan-noel-niell-nancy-porter-july4-1945.jpgWhen people anticipate the Fourth of July, they look forward to certain traditions.  Time off from work, firework displays, drinking with friends, spending time on the lakes…..essentially concerning themselves with elements that culminate into creating a memorable day.  However, few people take the time to realize the significance that this day brings to our lives.  It is a day to recognize the sacrifice that thousands have made to maintain our freedom as a country that was achieved on this day, so very many years ago.  Rather than thinking about all of the exciting and fun-filled activities ahead of us in the upcoming days, let’s take a moment to remember why this day is important.  Consider what is truly means to be a country that prizes freedom over all else.  Remember those who have fought and given their lives to preserve this country’s freedom.  Pride yourself on all the values that being an American truly embodies.  Don’t lose sight of the history and true meaning behind this monumental day.  To further this point, here is a wonderful poem I came across by Roger Robicheau titled, Americans in Strength.  Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day everyone!!!

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