Little Lulu, we love you.
“Louise as the winsome French girl in Now We’re in the Air (1927).” (Photo and caption from “Lulu Forever”) I think the first time I can recall hearing the name “Louise Brooks” was…March 8, 2018
Flashback Friday: The oh-so Noble Mr. Johnson.
Noble Johnson (Image Source) A few months back, I shared the story of Madame Sul-Te-Wan, the Black actress who got her big Hollywood start in “The Birth of a Nation” in…August 4, 2017
Flashback Friday: Merle Oberon, Hollywood (Secret Indian) Star.
(Image Source) Merle Oberon was stunningly beautiful, and one of Hollywood’s first genuinely glamorous stars. She was also mixed-race, born in India, and acutely aware of existing racism and prejudice that…June 30, 2017
Flashback Friday: When Grace Kelly stormed out of the Stork Club after they refused to serve Josephine Baker.
Grace Kelly and Josephine Baker, circa 1951. (Image sources here and here) In October 1951, Grace Kelly, just beginning to make a name for herself, decided to have a night out on…May 19, 2017
Flashback Friday: The Black Actress Who Launched her career in “The Birth of a Nation”.
(Madame Sul-Te-Wan, Image Source: BlackPast.org) And no, I absolutely do NOT mean last year’s controversial Nate Parker flick, “The Birth of a Nation”. I’m talking the D.W. Griffith, 1915 film that celebrates the…May 11, 2017
Flashback Friday: That time Eartha Kitt made the First Lady cry.
LBJ LIBRARY PHOTO BY KEVIN SMITH I love the above picture. I love that in 1968, Eartha Kitt, singer, dancer, Catwoman, invited to one of those oh-so proper “Ladies who Lunch”…May 5, 2017
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave.
Joan Crawford in 1959, by Eve Arnold. I wrote about FX’s “Feud: Bette And Joan” during my Lenten series of blog posts. I just watched the finale, “You Mean All This Time…May 2, 2017
Lent- Day 12: Of “Feud” and deceit.
Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX) I have a thing for Classic Hollywood. “Singin’ in The Rain“, “North by Northwest“,…March 14, 2017
Lent- Day 5: Scandalous.
Mary Astor. Image via Public Domain. “Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.” – Ecclesiastes 7:7 My, my, my, Ms. Astor, your dirty diary is…March 6, 2017
Not even Marilyn Monroe.
A young Norma Jean Baker in the early 1940s. Many a Penny Pentecostal would still be rocking this same suit style well into the Carter Administration. (Source) My latest Audible book streaming…April 19, 2016
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