Mae West was born on this day, in Brooklyn, in 1893. This is a great excuse to take yourself out somewhere saucy, throw a fur stole across your shoulder—faux is fine—and raise a glass of champagne.
Warner Bros has just green lit a long-percolating remake of A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper, who also plans to star with Lady Gaga. Expect to see some A C T I N G in this picture.
Gloria DeHaven, an MGM player who appeared in several of the studio’s midcentury musicals alongside stars including Fred Astaire, has died at 91. Her bio and long list of screen credits suggest she was a real trooper or, as one obit puts it, “a stalwart of show business.”
Olivia de Havilland, legendary star of classics like Gone With the Wind and (my personal favorite) Lady In a Cage, was born on this day in 1916. The newly minted centenarian has called three continents her home (she was born in Japan), lived through two world wars, had two husbands, and won two Oscars.
I am unabashedly addicted to You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth’s podcast dedicated to “exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.” But either you are too, or will be soon—the podcast is increasingly popular and, more and more, name-checked as one of the best out there.
In early 1946, a woman from Carmel, California wrote the Hollywood fan magazine Screenland to say how much she had enjoyed the recent Christmas release Frontier Gal—not just for its lovely performers and dazzling Technicolor vistas, but for saving her marriage by teaching her husband to spank her.
But first, some perfume talk.
In 1941, 33-year-old Bette Davis was appointed the first female president of the Academy of Motion Pictures. She didn’t even make it to the two-month mark before she got annoyed with the fact they didn’t really want her do anything except look pretty—and then she bailed.
What if you found out Martha Stewart was a lying liar who lived in an unimpressive apartment and couldn’t even cook? That’s essentially the premise of the sparkling 1945 romantic comedy Christmas in Connecticut.
Today is the 101st birthday of Hedy Lamarr, the vampy Hollywood star who was also an inventor. In celebration, today she gets a lavish Google doodle.
The charm of old movie fan magazines is their sweetness. Their pages may have hinted at all sorts of sordid behavior, but their tone matched that of their most guileless reader—and they incorporated reader perspectives in every issue, printing copious letters and even occasionally letting readers share their own…
Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara died on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95 years old.
People have known for decades that—while he was married—Clark Gable fathered a child with costar Loretta Young. But now Young’s family suggests that what’s always been painted as an affair was in fact an instance of date rape.
Besides being a phenomenally talented and famous actress, Katharine Hepburn is perhaps best remembered for her incredibly straightforward delivery of her often borderline impolite opinions. But her blunt nature went even further than that, as seen via two short blurbs from 1934 editions of New York Times about her…
It recently occurred to me that you hardly ever see pictures of Vivien Leigh where she isn’t in costume as either Scarlett O’Hara or Blanche DuBois. I felt suddenly, powerfully moved to remedy this fact.
FEATHERS. FEATHERS FEATHERS FEATHERS.
We’ve seen so many Old Hollywood actresses posing demurely at their vanities, tweaking their hairdos or adjusting their makeup. Today, let’s do a little something different.
My goodness, we've stumbled upon another Old Hollywood starlet, looking super casual, definitely not posed for a contrived publicity photo!
It's Friday, which means that—once again—it's time to marvel at the marvelous Hollywood PR machine of yore and its seemingly endless ability to find new ways to make actresses pose while doing their makeup. This time we've got an actress from the heady days of transition from silent to sound, darkening her eyebrows.
Welcome back to another installment of actresses faking beauty treatments for publicity photos. We've seen a starlet fiddling with her pin curls, and a starlet maintaining her hairdo between visits to the salon. This week, we have eyebrow plucking.