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

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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

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In Tribute to Memorial Day

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“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored,” Daniel Webster.  Many times during our lives, we lose sight of the ‘big picture,’ events within our lives.  Memorial Day is not an exception.  In the weeks leading up to this holiday weekend, how many advertisements did you witness directed toward the desires of the consumer?  Everywhere a person looked, there were announcements for department, liquor and food stores.  Never once during this period of time did I experience an ad illustrating the true meaning of this day.  Nor did I see anything illustrating one explicit message that Memorial Day should represent…….freedom never comes free.  We owe all our freedoms to men and women, past and present who gave up everything for their love and belief in the country.  I came across an article this afternoon discussing certain little known facts about this holiday in particular.  Beyond the Barbecues, by Samantha Grossman which appeared on Time NewsFeed.  The contents of the article are listed below.  Following this, are photographs of cinema icons that, when the time came, they out their occupations second and country first.

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Summer Time Begins Now!

Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep up with my blogging this past month, due to nursing finals consuming virtually every minute of the day.  However, as of 2 p.m. today, my last final was complete and I now get to embark upon three months of freedom, also known as summer vacation.  Therefore, today’s blog will be an eclectic reproduction of classic film stars enjoying their fun in the sun.  I can upon the idea when I recalled a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

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Valentine’s Day With Lucille Ball

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