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…

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, 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…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Paul Newman

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Exodus (1960), Towering Inferno (1974) Absence of Malice(1981), Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990), Road to Perdition (2002).

‘Battling Burtons’

There is no better example of the Battling Burtons than this great Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton  movie, The Taming of the Shrew. It is an entertaining version of Shakespeare’s classic play. The sparks fly between the two actors. The Supporting cast is a who’s who of great British actors; Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack,…

Rock Hudson’s Two Wives

Rocks Hudson was given the gift of the perfect wife: Doris Day, and the other perfect wife Elizabeth Taylor. As different as day and night, they both ended up being exactly who he needed. Doris helped him keep the perfect man image on screen for all the world to see, while Elizabeth off-screen allowed him to…

Rock Hudson Star of the Month

One Year. One year of diligent focused efforts, in 1947, handing out his headshot to agents all over Hollywood would land Rock Hudson in the hands of talent scout Henry Willson. On a contract with Warner Bros. and no acting background to speak of, Rock Hudson would gain a role in Fire Squadron ( 1948). So impressed…

Mothers ~ Anne Revere

Often considered the “warm, wise, and stoic” mother, Anne Revere succeeded best in National Velvet, for which she won an Oscar. Nominated two other times for her ability to act the part in The Song of Bernadette and Gentleman’s Agreement, Anne’s career hit a brick wall in 1951 when her name was put on the…

Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress 1960

Yul Brynner Best Actor of 1956 for The King and I presenting Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress Award 1960. Butterfield 8 I imagine kids today wonder what kind of a title that is. Well in the 1950’s it was a very special phone number for a very special call girl; Elizabeth. Controversy surrounds this film. Should…

Elizabeth Taylor – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award 1992

Angela Lansbury presenting Elizabeth Taylor with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for 1992 in 1993. Very rarely the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences make acceptations to the rules and present double awards for the same category. The list is small and in 1993 it was decided that two people would be awarded the…

Mrs. Miniver

  September 29, 1904 ~  April 6, 1996    Greer Garson Greer Garson is most known for her role in Mrs. Miniver, and was quickly given more roles like it. The dramatic roles however while stretching acting muscles and winning her awards did nothing for her comic genius. She gets snarky, and sarcastic with Lawrence Olivier in…

Marilyn’s Last Phone Call

  September 7, 1923 ~ December 24, 1984 Good News, It Happened in Brooklyn, Easter Parade Peter Lawford had many claims to fame. He was the first guy Elizabeth Taylor’s mother honed in on, when he strolled across the studio. Nothing could be better than a real English gentleman, with notable parents for a very…

Hello Gorgeous

April 24, 1942                     Barbra Streisand               Funny Girl, Hello Dolly Hello Gorgeous. Breaking all the barriers imposed by her heritage, Barbra Streisand has taken her place as an Icon.  From humble beginnings and sporting certain distinctive features, Barbra was able to lay claim as the quintessential underdog, surviving solely on talent. While Liz Taylor was made…

MANDATORY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM LIST…PART DEAUX

LIST TWO… Rochellelynn is correct we have watched A LOT of Classic Hollywood films. And making this list only confirms what I believed in the past. I am a Warner Brothers Studio Girl and Rochellelynn is an MGM Studio Girl. And I mean Studio as opposed to Archive. Because any Studio film can end up…

MANDATORY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM LIST

LIST ONE….. Note: We’ve watched A LOT of classic Hollywood films. This is my list so far- and no they’re not necessarily based on anything even close to “merit.” I know annstj will have her own list, so look out for  a LIST TWO. This was prompted by my younger brother asking what “other” old…

Marilyn Monroe vs. Elizabeth Taylor

Finally getting around to all the Marilyn reading I’ve been trying to catch up on, because lets face it, if its not a book chronicling our dear Miss Monroe’s tragic life, it’s a movie, or in this case a magazine article. Needless to say, stuff piles up. When the Lost Nudes of Marilyn Monroe resurfaced…

‘A Date with Elizabeth’

I had never watched ‘A Date with Judy’ MGM 1948.    I should have known rochellelynn would own a copy of it, she loaned it to me a couple of months ago to watch. I knew Jane Powell was the major character, Wallace Beery played her father, and hmmmm Little Scotty Beckett one of my favorite…

Teen Mania

Ever heard of Twilight? Harry Potter? The Hunger Games? I am Number Four? Yep, you guessed it. They’re books. Teen Books. And all with their own slew of Movie related hype, with young actors served up as the main course. Half intrigued and half annoyed with this runaway teen culture we all seem to be…

Sweet Sixteen

Elizabeth Taylor, the girl with the lavender eyes, had turned 16 in 1948, while filming the Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon film, Julia Misbehaves. Peter Lawford plays the boy in love with Elizabeths character and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Peter, to me” Elizabeth said, ” was the last word in sophistication, and…

‘Taming of the Shrew’

What better way to spend Richard Burton’s Birthday than to watch this great Taylor, Burton movie.  It is an entertaining version of Shakespeare’s classic play.  The sparks fly between the two actors. The Supporting cast is a who’s who of great British actors; Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack, Victor Spinetti to name a few….