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
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.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to keep up with my blogging this past month, due to nursing finals consuming virtually every minute of the day. However, as of 2 p.m. today, my last final was complete and I now get to embark upon three months of freedom, also known as summer vacation. Therefore, today’s blog will be an eclectic reproduction of classic film stars enjoying their fun in the sun. I can upon the idea when I recalled a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
This is an incredibly unique piece of artwork created By Joseph Cornell. He is celebrated as one of the most innovative artists of assemblage, a creative medium in which three-dimensional compositions are made by putting together found objects. Cornell’s creation, “Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall,” pictured above, was completed shortly after World War II, in 1946, with the dimensions: 20 1/2 x 16 x 3 1/2 inches. Below is a poem written by Bob Rich in response to this creation….enjoy!
“Sensitive, shy–of course I was. The fun of acting is to become someone else.” This quote was spoken by Rita Hayworth, the ‘Love Godess,’ of the 1940s. After some searching into some poetry, I came across this intriguing piece of literary work. Not only does Rita appear as a contextual character within this piece, but so does Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn and of course, the iconic Humphrey Bogart. According to the site where I found this, it was written for an experimental poetry site, so unfortunately I cannot give the author their credit. Despite that, enjoy this unique poem highlighting iconic classic cinema stars.
As I had some free time away from school, I decided to page through some old Photoplay magazines, to see if I could find an article that caught my eye. Right away, I did. It was an article that was published in 1948 and was written by Humphrey Bogart himself. It was his retort to claims of him being a Red, due to the actions that he and other actors took in response to modern-day “witch hunt,” was being conducted by the House Committee for Un-American Activities. In today’s society, public figures taking a stand for what they believe in is common practice, and rarely has a negative impact on anyone’s career. However, during this time in history, there was mass hysteria and fear surrounding potential Communist ideals infiltrating American culture. At one point, even Lucille Ball was accused of being a Red. To help ease the public’s mind, Desi Arnaz opened the live filming of an episode by stating, “The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and even that’s not legitimate.” When Lucy came on-stage after the introduction, she received a standing ovation from the audience. Here is the article that Bogart composed to address the accusations of being a Communist.