Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Adventures in Androgyny: Veronica Lake

with Joel McCrea on the set of Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

with Joel McCrea on the set of Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

with Joel McCrea on the set of Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dance Hall Demoiselles: Ann Dvorak

The Long Night (1947)

with Randolph Scott and Edgar Buchannan in Abilene Town (1946)

with Henry Fonda in The Long Night (1947)

on the set of The Long Night (1947)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

For the Boys: Marian Anderson

Original Caption: "Marian Anderson, world's greatest contralto, entertains a group of overseas veterans and WACs on [the] stage of the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium." April 11, 1945

Marian Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. Their race-driven refusal placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level usually only found by high profile celebrities and politicians. With the aid of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson instead performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. She continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955.

Anderson was an important symbol of grace and beauty during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. She also worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a "goodwill ambassadress" for the United States Department of State. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

Marian Anderson died on April 8, 1993, at age 96

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bathing Beauties: Gloria Swanson

with Phyllis Haver

publicity photo for Sunset Blvd. (1950)

with Teddy the dog in the comedy short Teddy at the Throttle (1917)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Outlandish Hats: Olive Osborne

Olive Osborne as "Electric Light" in Midnight Frolic, a 1920 stage presentation

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Oh Nurse! Peggy Dow

with Charles Drake and James Stewart in Harvey (1950)

with James Stewart and Minerva Urecal in Harvey (1950)

Thursday, August 18, 2011