October 1917 fall fashions in the magazine The Delineator, again starring Irene Castle as the model. Already famous for appearing on Broadway with her husband and dance partner Vernon Castle, when Vernon joined to serve in the war Irene began to act in silent films. She was never a huge film star, but she was popular and had the slim, lithe figure that showed clothes to advantage. She designed many of her own outfits, and even had a line of
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Meryl Streep was born June 22, 1949, in Summit, New Jersey. She began her career on the New York stage in the late 1960s and appeared in several Broadway productions. She began appearing in films in the 1970s, and soon began earning both nominations and awards. Equally able to wow audiences in drama, comedy, and musicals, she has come to be considered one of the greatest actresses of our time.
Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits. In 1941, she retired after appearing in only twenty-eight films. Although she was offered many opportunities to return to the screen, she declined most of them. Instead, she lived a private life, shunning publicity
Singer pianist Mabel Louise Smith, billed as 'Big Maybelle,' was born on this day 5/1 in 1924 in Jackson, Tennessee, she sang gospel as a child and by her teens had switched to rhythm and blues. She began her professional career with Dave Clark's Memphis Band in 1936, also toured with the all female International Sweethearts of Rhythm. She then joined Christine Chatman's Orchestra as pianist, and made her first recordings with Chatman in 1944,
The Whirl of Life, 1915. Starring Vernon and Irene Castle. Costumes by Lady Duff Gordon.
My favorite. The picture Sister Hansen (from one of the Stake classes at Girl's Camp) who was deaf showed us and said she had hanging in her house.
Oliver "Ollie" Hardy (born Norvell Hardy) (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years, from 1927 to 1951. He was credited with his first film, Outwitting Dad, in 1914. In some of his early works, he was billed as Babe Hardy, using his nickname.
The "Gun Girl" Irene Schroeder had been a bandit since her teenage days, and was involved in at least 11 murders. One day her gang got into trouble. It came to a bloody two-hour standoff with the police. She tore her clothes off and naked, she stood up proudly and yelled at her men: "If you survive this, I'll sleep with you tonight". She was electrocuted on Feb. 23, 1931, facing her death without fear at the age of 22.
Ilse Weber. A Czech singer and poet, Ilse, Along with her son and husband, was sent to the Thereseinstadt Concentration camp by the Nazis. She willingly followed her husband when he was transferred to Auschwitz, hoping to keep her family together. When her young son, Tommy, was sent to the gas chamber with other children, she voluntarily accompanied them, softly singing a lullaby she had written to keep them calm. The immensely beautiful song is called Wiegala. Her husband survived.
Gloria Swanson 1925 -(March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an American actress, singer and producer. She was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress & a fashion icon. Under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille, made dozens of silents and was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She had also produced her own films. Today she is best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star, film Sunset Boulevard (1950).
"Irma Grese, “the Beast of Belsen” (1923-1945) - a former nursing assistant and teenage Nazi SS auxiliary female guard in Auschwitz and Belsen concentration camps. Under the Nazi system, Irma was trained to function as a state serial killer, but in the end began to kill for her own hedonistic needs. She had a dark compulsion to torture and kill inmates in her charge and became so excessively homicidal that even male SS guards began to complain.
Olive Borden, c.1925 Olive Borden was an American actress in silent and early talkies. Nicknamed “The Joy Girl”, she was known for her jet-black hair and was considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her era. Many of her silent films have been lost and Olive Borden has become a “forgotten” star.
Kim Hamilton (Sept. 12, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2013) was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood. Hamilton portrayed Helen Robinson in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird. Her long career on TV began as Andy's girlfriend on Amos 'n' Andy. She had roles on The Twilight Zone, Days of Our Lives, All in the Family & many more.
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LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed.
Miss Sallie Currier, Houlgate, Normandy, 1912 by Helen Messinger Murdoch
Helen Messinger Murdoch (1862 – 1956) was a remarkable woman – one of the earliest colour photographers and one of the first female aviators.
Murdoch joined The Royal Photographic Society in 1911, becoming a fellow of the society the following year. A frequent visitor to Europe she showed her work at a number of venues, including the Wigmore Street Gallery and the
Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, "Oh, it was nothing. Someone had to look after the children."
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I had two longings and one was fighting the other. I wanted to be loved and I wanted to be alone. - I finally found someone who the only time in my life helped defeat the desire to be alone which was life changing. Then she made a choice that showed that I meant very little to her and now I think the desire to be loved is now forever deafeted and it has taken a huge toll on my soul.
BESSIE HARVEY (1929-1994) | She was best known for her sculptures constructed out of found objects, primarily pieces of found wood. Harvey was the seventh of thirteen children born to Homer and Rosie Mae White. At the age of fourteen she married Charles Harvey, from whom she separated in her early twenties and relocated independently to Alcoa, Tennessee. In 1977 Harvey began working at Blount Memorial Hospital where she first began to exhibit her artwork.
She never broke eye contact with Sébastien, not for a single second. As he rose from his chair, she ever so slightly shivered; her heart began to thump soundly in her chest and as he drew closer and closer to her, the anticipation within her heightened, her desire to feel him against her skin had now become so unbearable; she just couldn't stave the intense feelings she had for him any longer.........
Nina Mae McKinney was considered the first black movie star ever. After appearing in 1929′s Hallelujah!, one of the first all-black films, her career took off. She became known as the Black Garbo, a reference to white film actress Greta Garbo.
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Audrey Hepburn photographed by George Douglas backstage in her dressing room applying her makeup. She was starring as the title role of Gigi on Broadway in New York, USA, 1952.
Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past
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Jayne Mansfield, the sex symbol/actress of the 1950s and early 60s, was born 81 years ago today on 4-19 in 1933. She passed away tragically in 1967 from a car accident traveling to her nightclub act. She also was an early Playboy Playmate.She had 5 children including actress Mariska Hargitay.
Beautiful Marion Davies was one of the great comedic actresses of the silent era. She was also known as the longtime mistress of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Their life was mirrored in the film 'Citizen Kane'. Because she spoke with a slight stutter, Marion's voice had to be retrained when sound arrived to movies. But with her usual persistence she did well, and made several memorable comedies and musicals during the 1930's.
Boldt Castle. George C. Boldt began building in 1900 as a gift for his wife. After her death, all construction was ceased and the castle
Three years ago, while she was on maternity leave, Ros Ball and her partner began a diary of their children's lives. They wanted to record the moments when their children were made aware of gender stereotypes; when they were directed towards a view of the world in which girls and boys inhabit separate, rigid spheres of pink and blue – the first sphere passive, pretty and gentle, the second aggressive, active and strong. The results were tweeted under the title Baby Gender Diary.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: The only woman to be a Queen of both England and France. She was married to Henry II of England, and mother of Richard the Lionhearted & his scheming brother, later King John. Eleanor & Henry had a tumultuous marriage; even after that marriage fell apart, Eleanor had a very eventful life. For a glimpse into her marriage to Henry II, see the classic movie, "The Lion in Winter" (1968), with Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn in the starring roles.
"Minnie Clyde Winston, seventy-seven, stepped out of the bath at 1114 Fountain Drive, in southwest Atlanta, Georgia, on September 8, 1987, to find the floor oozing blood `like a sprinkler.' There was also blood in most of the rooms of the house. She and her husband, William, had lived in the six- room brick house for twenty-two years. They had no pets and the house was free from rats, mice, and cockroaches. The state crime lab revealed the blood
Young Martha Graham in the 1920s - she danced with Denishawn before her solo career and they did a lot of dance work in silent films.
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