Inspiration

Jean Harlow, The Original Rory Gilmore

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.

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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. 

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A Few of Her Favorite Things: Mae West

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Mae West

The line may have been in a movie, but when you read her biography you realize it applies to real life too! She was a woman who was larger than life both on screen and in person. Read on to learn what made her shamelessly unique. 

End of August! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

Woof. Things are achieving record heat here in sunny SoCal.

It's kinda like this:

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.” 
― Sue Monk KiddThe Secret Life of Bees

Stay cool out there fellow Angelenos and all of you hanging out in similarly toasty climes! 

NEW MARLENE DIETRICH FILM COLLECTION, A VISIT TO RICK'S CAFE, AND MORE!

Check out these rare Audrey Hepburn portraits!

New Marlene Dietrich collection is out on DVD -- featuring a collaboration between Dietrich and von Sternberg it includes Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The Scarlet Empress, The Devil Is a Woman

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New travel goal: visit Rick's cafe recreated in Casablanca! 

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford lovenest is up for sale. According to Nest.com: "Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks had their affair, and ever since Hollywood has had a love affair with the historic home."

One of Lauren Bacall's dresses is up for auction as part of a larger sale from designer Bob Mackie. According to Playbill, "A black custom-made gown worn by Lauren Bacall in 1970 in the Broadway show Applause and to the 24th Annual Tony Awards, where she won for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for that role (estimate: $3,000-$5,000)."

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Ava Gardner... the Toreador?

Have you ever seen that movie, Under the Tuscan Sun where Diane Lane goes dancing around in water fountains?

I have always fantasized about being that kinda girl.

I am in the middle of reading the biography of Ava Gardner, Love is Nothing, which I highly recommend. Out of all the screen sirens, none seem like real life tigers the way that Ava did. Indeed her real life seems to outdo her screen life, which is saying something!

My favorite scene in I Love Lucy is when they are at the Brown Derby and "She may be people but she isn't like you and me!"

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Charlton Heston wrote in his biography that during the filming of 55 Days to Peking, Ava was a bit of a tyrant. By the time filming was completed, everyone was ready to say fond farewells to this hurricane of a woman. But at a dinner several months later, with the strains of working together shed, he said t was the worst behavior he had ever seen by a professional colleague. 

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But my favorite part is his farewell image of Ava. 

"Exiting the party just behind her, he caught a last, exemplary glimpse of his costar in the Madrid street, beautiful and alone standing in traffic, looking for a taxi, she had taken up the pose of a matador and was making vernica passes with her red evening cape as the cars rushed by. 'It was unforgettable, wrote Heston. 'My most vivid memory of that extraordinary lady.'"

A dark-haired siren waving her cape around like the toreadors she so loved and dated in Spain. Now that is a beautiful image, and something we should all channel. 

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July! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

July! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

Woof. Things are achieving record heat here in sunny SoCal. Stay cool out there fellow Angelenos and all of you hanging out in similarly toasty climes!

I love this sentiment: 

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

Be a Pest! Life Lessons from Lauren Bacall

Be a Pest! Life Lessons from Lauren Bacall

Do a quick Google search on Lauren Bacall and you will get a steaming pile of stories of intimidation -- from what I can tell, a casual encounter with the woman could be an absolute dream -- or your worst nightmare. Perhaps it was her smoldering eyes that scared the living daylights out of people, but people seemed to be truly frightened by the woman.

June! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

June! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

Things are heating up, aren't they? I hope you get a chance to get outside, enjoy some sunshine, and take in some good old vitamin D. 

I love this sentiment: 

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne's House of Dreams

End of May! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

End of May! Modern headlines from the month served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

Are flowers busting out everywhere near where you live? I have been noticing them creeping up all over the cement jungle of Downtown LA. Secret spots such as the Lillian Disney memorial garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, or the Japanese temples in Little Tokyo offer great respite.

These "blooms busting out all over" have been thinking a lot about flowers and the role they play in films, from Easter Parade to Rebecca. I love this sentiment from Emma Stone: 

The end of 'City Lights' makes me cry every time I see it - when Charlie Chaplin walks by the shop window and the once-blind girl brings him a flower and pins it to his lapel.