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

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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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“Pursuit of the Hollywood He-Man”

Reference:  http://content6.flixster.com/photo/10/04/84/10048436_ori.jpg“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.”

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Jean Harlow, “Hell’s Angel”

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Every once in a  while, as I page through an old Photoplay magazine, an article stands out from the rest.  This was definitely the case regarding the following piece of writing.  It is titled, “Spyglass on Jean Harlow, Also Known as Hell’s Angel.”  It is an entertaining article that was written to give the reader a look at the goofy side of Harlow.  The following was published in the 1931 edition of the magazine.  It is fascinating and quirky, while conveying a unique style of writing.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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“How Cary Grant Took Hollywood”

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The knowledge that other people have regarding classic cinema and its stars continues to inspire awe within me.  There are countless individuals who dedicate a great deal of time and energy to bringing important information and tales to new generations.  New media has provided the perfect avenue for this.  Now, people can take to the internet to share pieces of cinema history, that otherwise would be lost.  One of the ways that this is done, is through the use of providing texts from intriguing articles, from hard to find magazines.  While I have a vast collection of Photoplay magazines, other terrific movie magazines exist.  Thanks to a wonderful site that I stumbled upon, I can share this article about Cary Grant with you.  If you would like to view other articles on this star among stars, go this website:  www.carygrant.net.  Here, they are continuing to update and archive as many worthy articles on this film icon as possible.  It is a wonderfully informative site, that will impress you beyond your expectations.

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Glamour of Old Hollywood Never Fades

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While doing some further research on Rita Hayworth, I stumbled across an article that captured my attention. It is a fascinating piece of journalism that explores why many current starlets are opting for the classic glam look of the 40’s and 50’s rather than some of the fashions that dominated later generations.  While there is no concrete explanation, the author eludes to the fact that in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, styles and fashion were dominated by the feminist ideal of “don’t look at me for my beauty, look at me for my brains, my power.”  The screen sirens’ styles that the author states are being revisited were none other than Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.  With the Oscars just around the corner, it will be interesting to watch and see which stars follow in the steps of these classic fashion icons.  The whole article can be read by clicking this link.

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The Poet within Jimmy Stewart


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Jimmy Stewart was a man that the average person could relate to.  Films such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” and “The Philadelphia Story,” (the movie for which he won the Oscar for best actor) solidified him as an integral part of classic cinema history.  During the holidays, it is impossible not to instantly think of him as the infamous George Bailey from “It’s A Wonderful Life.”  That movie in particular remains heart-warming, a part of holiday tradition, regardless of the passing years.  He was a man of many talents, and who was known by his fellow actors as being a man that they could always rely on.

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