Leading Men: Robert Preston

June 8, 1918 ~ March 21, 1987                     Robert Preston Robert Preston always had that broad shouldered, tousely hair thing going on, that needless to say just made all the girls swoon. Nevertheless he was married to the same woman for 46 years. *sigh*. A combination of theater, and film gained him more acclaim than most in Hollywood,…

Leading Ladies: Rosalind Russell

June 4, 1907  ~ November 28, 1976     Rosalind Russell Rosalind Russell is known for many roles. For her slapstick humor. For her witty banter. We like her in Howard Hawks 1940 remake of The Front Page,  His Girl Friday, playing the able-to-run-with-the-men reporter Hildy Johnson.  We like her in My Sister Eileen as the passed over…

Happy Birthday Paulette Goddard

June 3, 1910 ~ April 23, 1990 Paulette Goddard Paulette Goddard was one of the first, what I considered “underground” actresses,  I had stumbled upon when I was younger. “Underground” because she wasn’t Marilyn, or Audrey, or Elizabeth. Of course then I found she was once married to Charlie Chaplin, and then she didn’t seem…

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

  June 1, 1926 ~ August 5, 1962                      Marilyn Monroe               How to Marry a Millionaire The Blonde Bombshell role has been  a staple in Hollywood for what feels like the beginning of time. In the now we get Halle Berry and Scarlett Johannson, in the 1940’s we had Betty Grable- pin-up girl of WWII, in…

Leading Men: Laurence Olivier

  May 22, 1907  ~ July 11, 1989                    Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier hailed from England with more experience than possible in one s lifetime- so needless to say Hollywood scooped him right up, and put him on screen. A master in Shakespeare, Olivier was who Marlon Brando studied when rehearsing his role of Mark Antony in…

Robert Montgomery and Joan

  Robert Montgomery was born May 21, 1904 . Happy Birthday to you! Here with Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton  

Robert Montgomery and Norma

  Robert Montgomery here with Norma Shearer in The Divorcee. May 21, 1904 ~ September 27, 1981   Robert Montgomery We love Bob Montgomery. Favorite films right off the bat are Mr. and Mrs Smith with Carole Lombard, Private Lives with Norma Shearer and the very cute, very early in his career flick, Love in the Rough. Bob Montgomery was…

Leading Men: Jimmy Stewart

May 20, 1908 ~ July 2, 1997 Jimmy Stewart Happy Birthday James Stewart! Jimmy brought an element of range to his acting career that we rarely see in actors. In his early career he was cast often as the tall, if not awkward, dashing young man trying to get the girl. The Philadephia Story is…

Happy Birthday Sandra Dee

  April 23, 1944 I embarked on a Sandra Dee phase after seeing Grease, and not really understanding one of the insulting quips they made about her.  Somewhat reluctant, I started with Come September, because at least I liked Rock Hudson and it wouldn’t be a waste of two hours if this Sandra Dee girl…

Happy Birthday Cuddles!

                    February 2, 1884 ~ January 12, 1955             S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall Catastrophe- pronounced Cat-A-Strof – is an ongoing joke at my house, courtesy of S.Z Sakall and his inability to understand Barbara Stanwyck’s predicament in Christmas in Conneticut. Whether it be creating Goulash out of Irish Stew, teaching Barbara how to flip flapjacks, or trying to…