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The #MeToo Movement: True Success Doesn't Talk, It Cusses

The #MeToo Movement: True Success Doesn't Talk, It Cusses

Have you ever played that game "Would you rather?"

It poses horrible scenarios and forces you to choose between them. For example... would you rather age from the neck up only, or the neck down only? Or... would you rather be really rich or really poor but find true love? 

Well here's a kicker for you...

Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, & the Ghost Stories of the Pioneer Saloon

Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, & the Ghost Stories of the Pioneer Saloon

A few weeks ago my hubby accepted a weekend gig officiating tennis in Las Vegas. For some reason, I strangely adore the trip across the desert: the occasional Joshua tree, the weird roadside diners, the site of The Strip lighting up the horizon. 

Since I was going to have a lot of time to myself, I made a list of things to do. The secret pizza joint at the Cosmopolitan, a day poolside at the Paris Hotel, and finally, a little jaunt out to what some call...

The Most Haunted Place in America

An avid Carole Lombard fan, I felt a certain reverence visiting this place. Perhaps it is because I just finished Fireball, which details the story of her tragic death in a plane crash. 

The Beautiful Ghost Story Behind "I Love Lucy"

The Beautiful Ghost Story Behind "I Love Lucy"

I thought I knew everything about Lucille Ball... until I found out that she believed with all of her heart that her role model, Carole Lombard, visited her on a regular basis, after Lombard's untimely death in 1942 in a plane crash. 

Indeed, Lucille Ball and Carole Lombard were dear friends. In her early days as a struggling actress, Lucy spent a lot of time on the studio lot observing Lombard, trying to mimic her. Rather than be offended or threatened by the fledgling wannabe, Lombard encouraged Lucy along, giving her a few of her biggest breakthroughs in Hollywood. 

In the March 1947 edition of Photoplay, Lucy says to the interviewer that Carole Lombard... "... is my guardian angel.”

“She was?” the interviewer responds. As in, oh, how nice. Her role model helped her along. 

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The Cocktail Adventure: A Revolutionary War Libation for Your 4th of July Celebrations

The Cocktail Adventure: A Revolutionary War Libation for Your 4th of July Celebrations

Happy Independence Day weekend! I hope you are celebrating life and liberty with your loved ones. While you are eating BBQ, jumping into lakes, and splashing in the hot sun, I hope you will drink a toast to the men & women who fought to give us our freedoms.

And I can't think of a better drink to do so than one steeped in Revolutionary War history.  

A Memorial Day Toast to Hollywood Stars that Helped Win World War II

A Memorial Day Toast to Hollywood Stars that Helped Win World War II

Today is Memorial Day... I hope you are celebrating life with your loved ones. While you are eating BBQ, jumping into lakes, and splashing in the hot sun, I hope you will drink a toast to the men & women who fought to give us our freedoms...

And I can't think of a better drink to do so than one steeped in the history of the White Lady. 

The Beautiful Ghost Story Behind "I Love Lucy"

The Beautiful Ghost Story Behind "I Love Lucy"

I thought I knew everything about Lucille Ball... until I found out that she believed with all of her heart that her role model, Carole Lombard, visited her on a regular basis, after Lombard's untimely death in 1942 in a plane crash. 

Indeed, Lucille Ball and Carole Lombard were dear friends. In her early days as a struggling actress, Lucy spent a lot of time on the studio lot observing Lombard, trying to mimic her. Rather than be offended or threatened by the fledgling wannabe, Lombard encouraged Lucy along, giving her a few of her biggest breakthroughs in Hollywood. 

In the March 1947 edition of Photoplay, Lucy says to the interviewer that Carole Lombard... "... is my guardian angel.”

“She was?” the interviewer responds. As in, oh, how nice. Her role model helped her along. 

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True Success Doesn't Talk, It Cusses Like a Hollywood Icon

True Success Doesn't Talk, It Cusses Like a Hollywood Icon

Have you ever played that game "Would you rather?"

It poses horrible scenarios and forces you to choose between them. For example... would you rather age from the neck up only, or the neck down only? Or... would you rather be really rich or really poor but find true love? 

Well here's a kicker for you...

Forgotten Cocktails from the Golden Age of Cinema: The "Yellow Parrot"

Forgotten Cocktails from the Golden Age of Cinema: The "Yellow Parrot"

I just finished watching We're Not Dressing, a screwball comedy flick about a motley crew of socialites stranded on a deserted island. It isn't the most thought-provoking film ever made, but it is darn funny, and Bing Crosby's crooning makes it well worth the watch. My favorite moment is when Bing glares at spoiled princess Doris (played by one of my favorite actresses, Carole Lombard) while singing a song about loving your neighbor and how those in high places can topple at any time. Hollywood has always been good at social commentary!