Bombshell Jean Harlow

By the time Jean Harlow starred in Bombshell she had already been in 12 movies within the last 4 years. Among them Red Dust, The Public Enemy, Platinum Blonde and Red Headed Woman.  She had crafted herself as a siren starlet, reckless, oversexed, and yet somehow…very enduring. Like any good actress in the 30’s she…

Actresses of Forbidden Hollywood

I’ve been in a Kay Francis and George Brent phase lately. This usually warrants long periods of Forbidden Hollywood film watching. So I realized it was about time to make this list. AnnStj and I watch these films a lot, mainly because it’s terribly intriguing to see what people put in films before censorship. Lots…

Song and Dance Actresses in Classic Hollywood

  These are our top 5 song and dance women in classic films. Believe me, we deliberated over this list for quite some time! We joke, alongside most classic film followers, that back in the day men and women actually had to have talent ( in addition to looks) to get somewhere in Hollywood. And…

Top 5 Classic Hollywood Actresses You Should Know

Whether you’re a Classic Hollywood newbie or a devotee of all things  glamourous, vintage Hollywood we’ve gathered our top five actresses from classic movies that you simply must know! These are famous ladies we see on pinterest, sweatshirts, posters and in classic films with familiar names. Here are a few reasons why their legacy still lives…

Mary Tyler Moore Modern Woman

December 29, 1936- January 25, 2017 : Mary Tyler Moore died today at 80 years old. The poster child for Independent, Modern Woman in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, her character dealt with being single, in her thirties, without children and working a 9-5 job long before it became the norm, though just as frowned…

DOUBLE WHAMMY~DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIES AT 84, 1932-2016

What can we say… Debbie’s friend Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away on December 18, 2016. Her beloved daughter suffers a heart attack over the Christmas Holiday and passes away on December 27, 2016, and now 84 year old Debbie. When you are 84 years old that is a lot of mental and physical strain to…

Carrie Fisher Dies @ 60

Carrie Fisher grew up in what some coined a “tumultuous Hollywood home“. As we all know Classic Hollywood drama can definitely take its toll. Carrie was 2 years old when her father, Eddie Fisher left her mother, his wife of 4 years starlet Debbie Reynolds of Singing in the Rain fame, for Elizabeth Taylor. Not that we’re placing blame….

Marilyn Monroe or Doris Day

While this may not seem to be a comparison of equal measure it was exactly the conversation that was being had on the Fox Studio set in 1962. When Somethings Gotta Give lost their lead star, Marilyn Monroe, who died unexpectedly, they were in a lurch with no leading man- who refused to make the…

JEAN HARLOW ~ TCM Summer Under the Stars

Rochellemariah and I are suckers for Jean Harlow movies. My favorite Jean Harlow movies are Red Dust with Clark Gable and naturally Dinner at Eight with that MGM big guns ensemble cast. Rochellemariah, well she love, love, loves Personal Property with Robert Taylor and Libeled Lady with William Powell. Jean Harlow had that rare chemistry…

LUCILLE BALL-TCM Summer Under the Stars

Lucille Ball used to be a favorite entertainer of mine. A former RKO/MGM Girl and President of Desilu Television Productions it was in this capacity that Lucy disappointed me. Allegedly ‘dumping’ RKO movies into Santa Monica Bay after purchasing RKO Studio’s in 1957. (Re: These Amazing Shadows-Special Features: Lost Forever). I’ve decided my favorite Lucille…

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the downfall of the Studio System

In 1962 Fox Studios was in dire financial trouble. With Marilyn Monroe  still within her 7  film 100k contract she was working on the cheap on Something’s Gotta Give with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. Somethings Gotta Give was a remake of My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne ) and ultimately the story…

Olivia de Havilland

Multi-Decade Actress extraordinaire; Warner Brothers Girl; activist for actors rights during the Studio System and present day Centenarian! Classic Hollywood wishes you a Happy 100th Birthday Olivia!!!

Let Us Be Gay

It took me almost 10 minutes to realize that the frumpy wife that looked like Ann B. Davis in this movie was actually Norma Shearer. Of all the Shearer films I’ve watched I am most impressed by Norma’s acting in this film. Norma was pregnant during the filming it’s fun to see the creativity the…

Marie Dressler

In RochelleM’s Post 10 Life Lessons from Audrey Hepburn, Lesson #10 certainly pertains to TCM’s Star of the Month Marie Dressler 1869-1934. Marie was born four years after the end of the civil war and died at age 65 at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power. She brought laughter and tears during her many…

Saying Goodbye to Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan Born: July 6, 1921, Flushing, New York City, NY Died: March 6, 2016, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA Ronald Reagan visits Nancy Davis on set of Donovan’s Brain 1953. Ronald once admitted he was coming off a horrible marriage when he met Nancy. So glad they found each other. The History of Nancy…

Marilyn Monroe: Reader

Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader. Apart from the plethora of scripts she had to read, she would often read the scholars for fun. An owner of more than 400 books her favorites were James Joyce, Truman Capote, and Charles Sandburg. No doubt determined to prove her intellect overshadowed by her beauty, Marilyn would write poetry and read as often…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Teresa Wright

Theresa Wright a five time Film Noir Girl: Shadow of a Doubt ~ 1948 Universal Pursued ~ 1947 Warner Brothers The Capture ~ 1950 RKO The Steel Trap ~ 1952, 20th Century Fox Count the Hours ~ 1953 RKO

Debbie Reynolds

Congratulations Debbie Reynolds on receiving the SAG 51st Annual Life Achievement Award January 25, 2015! The Catered Affair(1956), The Rat Race(1960), The Unsinkable Molly Brown(1964)

Ava Gardner

                        Ava Gardner ~ Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

Carole Lombard

October 6, 1908 ~ January 16, 1942 Carole Lombard ~ Supernatural (1933) Happy Birthday Carole!

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake ~ I Married a Witch (1942)