Garbo Smiles

September 18, 1905 ~ April 15, 1990 Greta Garbo. What can we say? Both annstj and I just aren’t sure we understand the appeal. I apologize outright for any sacrilege that we may be committing at this moment- especially on her birthday! Greta came to Hollywood quickly filling the role of elusive foreigner with perfect skin,…

Hearthrob Robert Taylor

August 5, 1911 ~ June 8, 1969 Magnificent Obsession, Camille, The Gorgeous Hussy, Personal Property After seeing his heartbreaking performance as the lovesick fool in Camille, I couldn’t help trying to get my hands on all the Robert Taylor I could find. Apart from his dashing good looks, and Valentino-like skin, Robert succeeded in playing…

Olivia de Havilland

July 1, 1916        Olivia De Havilland is a Living Legend from Classic Hollywood of days gone by. It was a time of Swashbucklers, Gangsters, and Romantic virile Leading Men.  It was a time of the Movie Studio System of seven year exclusive contracts, contracts with options to loan out actors or actresses at the whim…

Leading Men: Errol Flynn

  June 20, 1909 ~  October 14, 1959                   Errol Flynn With films in Glorious Technicolor that boasted scores to accompany any Sunday afternoon, Errol Flynn did nothing better than gracing the screen in sprawling films that could take up hours. Dodge City is a classic Errol-Olivia film that boasts all the earmarks of the grand theater…

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…