I remember when I was planning my wedding, this bartender advised me never to serve champagne for the toast because people never drink it and I thought, why? Is that true? Isn't champagne nothing more than sparkling white wine which is, in my opinion, delicious?
It's that time of year again -- what's on your list of things to get done in 2018?
Much has been written about New Years. The psychology behind it, the shoulds and should nots. I had no idea what I could possibly add to the conversation, to be honest. We all know the basics on how to keep them:
- Make them achievable.
- Set short-term milestones.
- Have an accountability partner, or app.
- Enjoy the journey.
- And so on...
Rita Hayworth. Vivien Leigh. Marilyn Monroe. And up there with the rest of the greatest screen sirens, stood the pillar of a woman, whose image graced entire sides of buildings to promote the film noir classic The Killers. (It worked, Ava became a star, and fans came in droves.)
But perhaps her best intro comes from the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy, Fred, and Ether visit The Brown Derby, or as Lucy calls it, "the watering hole" for the rich and famous.
On Christmas Day we always had milk punches made with bourbon, which I liked because I couldn't tate the bourbon and Bogie liked because they helped his hangovers.
I recently had the opportunity to hear one of Bette Davis’ longtime personal assistants speak at the DTLA city library — she had some fascinating stories about this icon of the Golden Age — or “Miss D” as she affectionately referred to her.
During the Q&A I asked her about a few of Ms. Davis’ favorite things, and I wanted to make sure to update an old post to reflect what I learned. So, as always, below are a few of her favorite things, along with a story or two about why she loved them.
She was more than an actress -- she took beauty and fame to a whole other level when she became the Princess of Monaco. And she became synonymous with her name itself -- she was the epitome of Grace.
But she was more than just a pretty face. At Grace Kelly’s funeral, a touching eulogy was read by actor James Stewart, who said ‘You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met’.
When she wasn't plotting ways to use fashion in dangerous and creative ways (more on that in a minute) Marlene Dietrich, starlet of the 1930's, was known for her military-inspired fashion in an era that preferred pink and butterfly sleeves. One of the first fashionistas to pioneer trousers, we have her at least partially to thank for our comfy sweat pants and "mom jeans" that have been so incredibly popular this year (with no sign of any slowing down in 2017, though skinny jeans are reportedly still the best sellers).
The weather is turning crisp and for me that means it is time to pull out my favorite book and cozy up with a cup of tea.
As someone famously said, we lose ourselves in books -- but we find ourselves there too. This gem of wisdome apparently paplied to Jean Harlow as well.
In Jean Harlows biography, Platinum Girl, Eve Golden talks abut the struggle Jean Harlow went through while filming Hell's Angels, Howard Hughes' pet project. It sounds like it was awful for the poor girl... not only was it her first real film role, but her eyes literally got burned by the bright lights, and her Director James Whale tormented her that she didn't know how to be a woman.
How did she cope? Ben Lyon said, "She used to carry with her around the studios a little satchel containing four or five books of poetry, famous prose, or some special branch of the classics she was studying at the time."
I have this image of Gilmore Girls' Rory in my mind -- Jean Harlow wandering the set, half engrossed in a good book.