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 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.
Most 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.
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!
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.