People either seem to love or hate Victoria Beckham. True, she doesn’t smile often (if at all), but does have a fabulous sense of humor. Although I never liked her in the Spice Girls, I have grown to love her sense of style over the past few years. She has a retro style, that at times can come across a little flashy, or even trashy, but I love it all the same. One thing she does really well is try new things (even if they don’t work), and always has fabulous shoes, hair, and sunglasses. Check out some of my favorite photos of her in some vintage and current style clothing. Have a great Thursday! Enjoy!
One of my favorite movies is “The Painted Veil.” Although I love the original version starring Greta Garbo from 1934, I prefer the 1996 version with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton. The cinematography is amazing and the costumes are stunning. If you haven’t seen either film, you must. Greta’s performance in the original film didn’t get wonderful reviews, and the 2006 was probably better described as a sleeper film, but the story line is great.
Both films are based on W. Somerset Maugham’s 1925 novel of the same name. The film shows the relationship between a husband and wife who are having marital difficulties in the middle of a cholera epidemic. I don’t want to spoil it, but there is much more to the story.
Here are some of my favorite pics of the 1996 version of the film with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton as husband and wife. Enjoy!
Well it’s that time of year again. I am going to bore my students to death with my excitement over teaching Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. They just can’t understand why I would possibly be thrilled over a drama about 1600’s witches in Salem, Mass. Oh geez! Teenagers!
As many of you know, Arthur Miller was married for a time to my favorite, Marilyn Monroe. So I thought it only fitting I do a post on them both.
Miller was born in Harlem, NY and became a famous playwright fairly quickly. He is known for his works, such as Death of a Salesman, The Misfits (which starred Marilyn), The Crucible, and several others. Miller was accused of being a communist during the McCarthyism era. Senator Joe McCarthy from Wisconsin, accused several writers, directors, and actors in Hollywood of being traders to their country. There was a hearing where the accused were brought before the HUAC or House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Miller refused to name anyone else as a communist and was therefore held in contempt of court. The conviction was overturned, but still caused problems for his career.
Arthur Miller met in 1955 and were married in 1956. The marriage was tumultuous to say the least. Marilyn was extremely insecure and needed to be constantly stroked by Miller. In spite of her silver screen persona, the most desired woman suffered multiple miscarriages from her marriage to Miller, this made her condition worse since Miller was not around at the time of tragedy. Her mental state was unstable as she was allegedly schizophrenic. At times charming and suddenly aggressive, though she wanted to be liked by all, she would do things to hurt those closest to her.
Miller couldn’t take the ups and downs of Marilyn’s personality. After a couple of suicide attempts from drug overdose and being rescued each time, it grew clear that she was trying to kill herself. Arthur tried to revive their relationship by writing the script of ‘The Misfits’ for her. Finally Miller left Monroe, after a relationship of exhaustion and confusion. He went on to link up with Inge Morath, the Magnum photographer he met on the set of The Misfits, just a month later. This truly devastated Marilyn, since it is known by most that Miller was the love of her life.
Here are some photos of Marilyn and Arthur throughout their relationship! Have a great Wednesday! Enjoy!
Where do the stars go for their final rest? They are spread out all over Los Angeles, but many have plots at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Morbid subject? Not really. Many people, including me, are fascinated with both the lives and deaths of Hollywood royalty. The cemetery is actually located on part of the Paramount Studios land, which is fitting, since it is still right in the middle of the “action.”
There are many interesting personalities who are buried here. Some of them include: –Rudolph Valentino(1895-1926), Hollywood’s original hunk, who was often visited by a mysterious “lady in black” after his death for many years
— Elmer Berger (1891-1952), who was the inventor of the rear view mirror
–Lana Clarkson (1962-2003), who was allegedly murdered by Phil Spector
–Douglas Glenn Colvin, aka Dee Dee Ramone (1951-2002), bassist for The Ramones
–Marion Davies (1897-1961), famous actress who had a long term relationship with William Randolph Hearst
–Estelle Getty (1923-2008), of Golden Girls fame
–Tyrone Power (1914-1958), actor from one of my favorite movies, “The Witness for the Prosecution”
–Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (1906-1947), gangster
–Mel Blanc (1908-1989), voice over actor, most famous for the line, “That’s all folks!”
–Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), famous Hollywood director/producer
–Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919), park and observatory donor
–Charles Chaplin, Jr. (1925-1968), son to Charlie Chaplin
There are many others, some stars were cremated there, then ashes spread somewhere else, such as George Harrison of the Beatles. Others were given a memorial there, but are not buried there, such as Jayne Mansfield, and Hattie McDaniel.
The cemetery has old movie showings in the summer, where you can bring your lawn chairs and alcohol of choice to spend a “night with the stars.”
If you are interested in visiting the cemetery, the address is 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. It is definitely a historical piece of Old Hollywood that you won’t want to miss. Here are some pics of the cemetery and those who are laid to rest there. Enjoy!