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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As today is a special day, I am going to do a very different styled post than I normally do. It is going to be a simple posting with pictures of some other celebrities who are posing for what very well could be V-day pictures. Here is a collection of photos that I was able to discover in order to commemorate today. Enjoy!
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.
One of the most essential components of classic hollywood can be summed up in one word: Glamour. Many of the men and women who possessed the big screen appeared almost supra-human onscreen. They were gods and goddesses that walked among us. Flaw-less complexions, perfect make-up, hair styles that never fell out of place (never a bad hair-day in the lot), wardrobes fit for kings and queens, and a certain elegance that made them appear all the more ‘perfect.’ However, many of these stars had to go through painful and unpleasant practices in order to maintain the ideal screen presence.