Thursday, February 28, 2013

Modern Femmes Fatale: Part 89

Emma Stone

Hanne-Gaby Odiele

Leighton Meester

Nicole Kidman

Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Vanessa Ferlito and Jordan Ladd in Death Proof (2007)

Clizia Incorvaia

Diana Dondoe

Jana Milic

Kate Upton

Maria Furtwaengler

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Smoking in Bed: Nyree Dawn Porter

This New Zealand born actress first gained wide recognition in the starring role of Irene in the 1967 broadcast of John Galsworthy's "Forsyte Saga." Her first name 'Nyree' is a phonetic spelling of her birth name 'Ngaire', a Maori word for a shrub with star-shaped flowers.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Out on the Town: Rita Hayworth & Evelyn Keyes

Rita Hayworth and best friend Evelyn Keyes at the Beverly Hills Brown Derby, October 12, 1940

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day: Marilyn Hearts Honest Abe

Marilyn Monroe shows off a portrait of the Great Emancipator from her convertible.  Was she flea marketing? I don't know, but I hear Abe wasn't the only president she admired.   

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Vintage Hollywood's Interracial Valentines

The issue of race was no less significant in Hollywood during the 20th Century than anywhere else in America.  Despite the enormous social pressures against such unions,  cupid's arrow still managed to strike up a few sparks of exogamous romance among the film community.  Interracial marriage was, by the way, illegal in 31 states until, in 1967, the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional in Loving v. Virginia.

Actress Helen Lee Worthing & husband Dr. Eugene C. Nelson, 1929

Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt, 1960

Pearl Bailey with husband Louis Bellson Jr, 1952

Marlon Brando and Tarita Teriipia, ca 1963

Joanna Shimkus and Sidney Poitier, 1974

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bevy of Beauties: Creole Queens

Jan Shepard, Dolores Hart, Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, and Liliane Montevecchi in King Creole (1958)