Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’


Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

August 22, 2012

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”

“Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.”

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

Upon being informed of Calvin Coolidge’s death, she replied, “How could they tell?”

And, of course, “One more drink and I’ll be under the host.”

Dorothy Parker, of course, born August 22, 1893.  Poet, writer, playwright and founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.  When the Round Table broke up, she went to Hollywood and was a two-time Oscar nominated screen-writer. She was active there until black-listed by the McCarthyism.  She remained politically active throughout her life.  Parker downplayed her skills, but was well known and appreciated for her bright wit and scathing humor.

Founding members of the Algonquin Round Table:  (l-r) Art Samuels, Charlie MacArthur, Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott.  What a wonderful experience it must have been to experience lunch at the Algonquin Round Table during that time and with those characters.


Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

July 29, 2012

Silent screen star, Theda Bara.  Born Theodosia Burr Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 29, 1885. She grew up in that city and attended the University of Cincinnati for two years before traveling west.  She was one of Hollywood’s first sex symbols.  Here is a lovely tribute to this star that shows some of her exotic costumes, which contributed to her reputation as a femme fatale.  I wish I has the chutzpah to wear snakes like that.

video credit: Basil Nelson


What am I Sappy Cat Blogging this Week?

May 11, 2012

I came across a list of the Top 10 Cat Movies, but they did not mention any of my favorites.  So I offer my own short list.

Bell, Book and Candle with James Stewart, Kim Novak and Pyewacket.  Pye steals the show, in my opinion.  Kim Novak’s character is much more interesting as a witch than as a mortal.

Harry and Tonto, a road picture, a buddy film, for which Art Carney won an Academy Award.  Bring kleenex.

What film is your favorite cat flick?


For whose closeup am I ready?

March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to Gloria Swanson, born March 27, 1897

Swanson was a prominent silent film actress.  Unfortunately, many of her films, including those which received the greatest critical acclaim, have not survived.  Later in her career, she became known for her portrayal of Nora Desmond, a caricature of an aging silent film star, in Sunset Boulevard.