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
“I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time.” This is a very telling quote made by one of the most iconic men of the Golden Era — Clark Gable. He was one of the most sought after men to ever grace the screen. Women loved him for his aloof, macho persona, while men wanted to be like him. Gable along with other idols such as Robert Taylor and Gary Cooper, found themselves being sought after, rather than doing the seeking. Did they enjoy being chased by confident, beautiful women? Paging through an old Photoplay article from June 1936, I came across this article by Adela Rogers St. John. Enjoy the story about the film icon who stated, “The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great, and they know I know it.”
While paging through a Photoplay magazine from 1933, I came across a truly fascinating article by Anita Loos. Harlow and Gable made several movies together during her short career. When they appeared on screen together, they were absolutely electrifying: the chemistry, undeniable. Yet off-screen, there were no romantics involved. They found a kindred spirit in each other, as they both held the heavy burden of being the ultimate ‘sex symbols’ of the time. They formed an unbreakable bond, always looking out for the other one. It was a friendship that would last until the end of Harlow’s days.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my personal top ten actresses of all time. Now, I think it is only right to dedicate this post to the actors. Many of these men, could captivate the audience with a slight smile, twinkle in their eye, or at the mere sound of their deep voices. The actors that I am going to be introducing to you are from a variety of genres, but are all part of the so-called “studio era.” Much of the information will be coming from my own knowledge base, and the rest will be supplemented by a terrific book “The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era.” There are two other books with a similar title: one focusing on women and the other about on-screen couples. Here is to the men of the big screen!
An article by Photoplay magazine in 1938, altered the course of life for many of the Hollywood elite. During the ’30s, it was considered a scandal to be living with your partner while remaining unmarried. Many of the actors from this time period, however, paid no mind to this traditional value. When this article was published, many of the noted stars obtained a quick marriage. This included Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and several otherwise. Due to the morals clause that was instituted in many of their contracts, if the situation was not ‘rendered,’ their contract could be voided, therefore resulting in being dropped from their home studio. The public wanted their idols to be above reproach and in possession of a high moral code. This living arrangement demonstrated to the population that they did not have these qualities.
I stumbled upon a rather intriguing article in the December 1931 issue of Photoplay, entitled, “News and Gossip of All the Studios.” Essentially, it is multiple pages of the latest gossip and action taken by some of Hollywood’s notables. While some of the blurbs appear dull or refer to individuals that I know nothing of, others are quite entertaining. I will share a few of them in this post. Enjoy!