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.
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
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.
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.