Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Patsy Cline, 1962

Like a lot of her stage costumes, this lavender and silver skirt and blouse set was sewn by her mother, Hilda Hensley, and is (or was) on display at the Grand Ole Opry Museum.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sylvia Sidney, 1929

Sylvia Sidney, 1937

Sylvia Sidney, 1920s

Sylvia Sidney (born Sophia Kosow; August 8, 1910 – July 1, 1999) was an American character actress of stage, screen and film, who rose to prominence in the 1930s appearing in numerous crime dramas. Often referenced in media as the woman with the heart-shaped face and the saddest eyes in Hollywood.

Clubbing, circa 1935

Hollywood, circa 1935: Director Wesley Ruggles, Clara Bow, Rex Bell and starlet Toby Wing at Bow's "IT" Cafe

Cheesecake, 1933

Paramount starlet Toby Wing

Lucille Ball

Dolores Del Rio, 1920s

Dolores Del Rio, 1920s

Bird of Paradise (1932)

Dolores del Rio, Bird of Paradise (1932)
María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete

Norma Shearer, 1936

Copper Canyon (1950)

Humoresque (1946)

Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney, 1942

On the set, 1941

Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard, Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Woodlawn Plantation, 1935

Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Joan Crawford, circa 1942

Patsy Cline

Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1917)

Sadie McKee (1934)

Sunnyside (1919)

Chaplin and wood nymphs.

The Adventurer (1917)

The Star Boarder (1914)

Charlie Chaplin and Minta Durfee Arbuckle

November 7, 1951

Ava Gardner marries Frank Sinatra (yuck.)

Olivia de Havilland, 1939

As Melanie Wilkes, Gone With the Wind

Monday, October 14, 2013


Lizzie Borden, circa 1892

Gilbert Roland, 1928

GILBERT ROLAND shorn of his mane does not mean Gilbert Roland minus his fire and picturesqueness. Far from it. Submitting to the shears prepared him for his role in “The Woman Disputed,” and maybe the pleas of the fans counted, too.
  — Picture Play Magazine, 1928
Luis Antonio Damaso Alonso

Marie Antoinette (1938)

Santa Monica, 1924

Constance and Norma Talmadge at Norma's beach house, 1924.

Marie Antoinette (1938)

Natacha Rambova and Rudolph Valentino, circa 1924

Sadie McKee (1934)

Mary Miles Minter, circa 1917

Gilbert Roland and Norma Talmadge, circa 1929

Real-life lovers Gilbert Roland and Norma Talmadge at Norma's Santa Monica house.

The Lady (1925)

Norma Talmadge and Edwin Hubbell in The Woman (1925.)

Norma Shearer, 1930

From Norma Shearer’s first photo session with Hurrell, part of her effort to convince husband Irving Thalberg she was sexy enough to play The Divorcee(1930.) 

Jayne Mansfield, 1955

Jayne Mansfield in her pink Jaguar at a Los Angeles drive-in, 1955
Left to right, Mansfield, Lance Fuller, John Smith, Natalie Wood, Bob Fuller

Taylor Swift

New dog. I call him Taylor Swift because he’s needy and clingy and gives you a look of unbounded stupidity when he wants something. If he had bangs he’d nail it. 
He’s yawning, not rabid.

Veronica Lake, circa 1942

Rita Hayworth, circa 1939

Honeymoon for Three (1941)

Ann Sheridan

Paramount starlet Grace Bradley

French postcard, circa 1925

Ann Sheridan by Madison Lacy, 1941

Ann Sheridan photographed by Madison Lacy for Navy Blues (1941)
That Oomph thing snowballed — but it gave me a tiny foot in the door. When people asked me what it meant, I told them that it always reminded me of a fat man bending down to tie his shoelaces. The studio hated me saying that.
  — Ann Sheridan to John Kobal, 1966