Classic Cinema

7 Must-See Mother's Day Movies From Classic Hollywood

7 Must-See Mother's Day Movies From Classic Hollywood

Mother's Day is coming -- why not treat mom to a movie night? Settle in with a homemade dinner (courtesy of you) and watch one (or all!) of these heartwarming favorites? (Bonus hint: Looking for a recipe? Try this classic beef stew from Jean Harlow and make your Classic Hollywood themed night complete!)

The Perfume Embodiments of Mae West (oh, and Kim Kardashian)

The Perfume Embodiments of Mae West (oh, and Kim Kardashian)

Mae West refused to take ocean voyages — didn’t people remember what happened to the Titanic, she reportedly retorted when it was even suggested to her.

There was only one thing she feared even more fiercely — flying.

So when producers wanted her to travel to Paris for costume fittings in preparation for “Every Day’s a Holiday she said a firm no. But they had a problem — the designer was in Paris. How to fit dresses to a woman who refused to travel to the dressmaker’s shop?

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Doris Day

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Doris Day

Growing up, Pillow Talk was one of my all-time favorite classic films — but in recent years, I have gotten to know other Doris Day films, and my love for her has just grown and grown. From Hitchcock’s thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much to the light-hearted Please Don’t Eat the Daisies she just NEVER fails to charm.

9 Classic Hollywood "Spring" Movies to Check Off Your List this Month

9 Classic Hollywood "Spring" Movies to Check Off Your List this Month

Next week marks the official beginning of Spring, so I'm beginning a movie marathon all things flowers and bunnies related. I confess, many of the films below are completely new to me, so I am excited to discover them. Won't you join me on a little garden stroll through the Golden Age of Cinema? 

The Only Valentine's Day Cocktail You MUST Try: Casablanca's Cocktail Masterpiece

The Only Valentine's Day Cocktail You MUST Try: Casablanca's Cocktail Masterpiece

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? 

Ringing in 2019 with New Year's Resolutions Inspired by Hollywood

Ringing in 2019 with New Year's Resolutions Inspired by Hollywood

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... 

Happy Birthday to Ava Gardner! A Few of Her Favorite Things

Happy Birthday to Ava Gardner! A Few of Her Favorite Things

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.


A Few of Her Favorite Things: Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly

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’.

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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xoxo -- Stefanie

 

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