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

Stars, Stripes and Pride

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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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The Leading Ladies of Hollywood


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When exploring film history and its contributors, it is hard to pick a favorite actor let alone actress.  The men and women of classic cinema bring such an array of talents and characteristics to the screen that it is hard to decipher which are the most meaningful. For me, each individual holds a special place in my heart for a very different reason.  The following will focus just on the actresses for right now.  Otherwise this entry would turn more into a novel than a blog 🙂

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Chemistry of Film Noir Couples


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Film noir is a genre possessing a rather vague physical description.  This is due to the fact that it is hard to formulate words for a specific feeling that is generated.  Generally, it can be characterized as having a dark, mysterious plot, often involving a narrator, femme fatale and obvious sexual tension.  When these elements are combined artfully, it creates an atmosphere that is filled with suspense, drama and emotion.  The men and women who star in these films, often bring the depths of their characters to life, showing the flaws that exist within human nature.

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