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June! Month-in-Review served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

June! Month-in-Review served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

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

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 Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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!)

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... 

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’.

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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xoxo -- Stefanie

 

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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