It’s A Wonderful Birthday: Jimmy Stewart!

Reference:  http://static.tumblr.com/aksgchb/63Wm3j4mo/jimmy_stewart_04.jpgMost fans of classic cinema have a particular star that strikes a fancy within them.  It can be due to many factors, some more obvious than others.  Jimmy Stewart was one man whom millions worldwide related to.  In his younger years, he came across as the boy next door.  A guy who possessed handsome all-American ideals, without being so good-looking that he was placed on a pedestal.  On film, he made each and every one of the characters that he portrayed relatable to the masses.  One did not have to be a film critic to recognize that he put his heart into his performances. While many men and women in Hollywood during this time were constantly changing their romantic partners, Jimmy found his life partner, Gloria McLean.  When World War II broke out, he never second guessed his choice to join the ranks of military flier.  His career came second to the passion that he felt for his country.  During his long and illustrious career, Jimmy made movies that touched, and brought laughter to millions of people across the world.  It’s a Wonderful Life has become a quintessential Christmas tradition, while movies like Vertigo and Rear Window remain two Alfred Hitchcock’s most beloved film creations.  Today marks the date of Jimmy’s birth, so this is my small tribute to a great man.

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Edith Head: The Definition of a Fashion Icon

Reference:  http://angelasancartier.net/wp-content/uploads/Edith-Head-surrounded-by-some-of-her-fashion-designs.jpgThe name, Edith Head is synonymous with the ideals of classic Hollywood glamour.  She created some of the most breathtaking costumes that ever graced the big screen.  For decades, she was one of the most sought after designers in the land of film.  This innovative and dedicated woman created outfits that remain unsurpassed in the decades since her passing.  Drive and creativity allowed Edith to leave her make on an industry that she loved, and carved out a place for herself in film history.  Below is an article written in 2009 addressing the Edith Head film series regarding her costume collection that was being featured at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The article was written by Christopher Muther for the Boston Globe.  Though, this exhibition has concluded, the article itself features unique highlights of her illustrious career.  Following the article will be a select few of my personal favorites of the fashion genius….Miss Head.

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