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

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

Watching Classic Films Through Different Eyes

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For the Love of Bogart

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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.

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Mutual Roots in New York

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Endicott, New York is a unique city in America.  It was formed by the blood and sweat of hard-working immigrants along with the innovative ideals of industrial democracy.  Endicott Johnson Shoes and IBM were two iconic organizations that were born in this area.  In addition to its rich history, it is the city my relatives have called home for generations.  It is where my parents met, and where I was born.  I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel back to this area this week to visit family members.  During my stay here, I watched a fascinating documentary that intrigued and reignited my pride in having been born in the great state of New York (not that I don’t love living in Minnesota, mind you).  Therefore, I am dedicating this post to some of the famous classic cinema icons that were born in New York.

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The Best Comedies Come with Unexpected Titles

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When people hear that I love classic movies, they ask me what my favorite film of all time is.  For anyone who is a classic cinema lover, you know that it is not a simple question.  A person’s mind begins to reel as they recount which movies have left a lasting impression on them.  One then must mull over which genre they must pick from in addition to a specific era.  Movies that existed from a pre-code era are drastically different that films created in the 1940s.  Even when I have it limited to a specific genre, I always end up having a top three or five.  It is impossible for me to pick one quintessential BEST film.  One pattern I have come across is that lesser known films can be the greatest gems.  Everyone has heard of the film Some Like it Hot, but few have heard of We’re No Angels (1955) and It All Came True (two incredibly well-done comedies).  Therefore, I am going to talk about some of my personal favorite classic comedies of all time.

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In Tribute to Memorial Day

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“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored,” Daniel Webster.  Many times during our lives, we lose sight of the ‘big picture,’ events within our lives.  Memorial Day is not an exception.  In the weeks leading up to this holiday weekend, how many advertisements did you witness directed toward the desires of the consumer?  Everywhere a person looked, there were announcements for department, liquor and food stores.  Never once during this period of time did I experience an ad illustrating the true meaning of this day.  Nor did I see anything illustrating one explicit message that Memorial Day should represent…….freedom never comes free.  We owe all our freedoms to men and women, past and present who gave up everything for their love and belief in the country.  I came across an article this afternoon discussing certain little known facts about this holiday in particular.  Beyond the Barbecues, by Samantha Grossman which appeared on Time NewsFeed.  The contents of the article are listed below.  Following this, are photographs of cinema icons that, when the time came, they out their occupations second and country first.

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