“I was made fun of all through school for how I looked. I was so skinny, and I had knobby knees, and my skin was kind of a grayish color. I was kind of awkward. And more than anything, I just felt I disappeared. I still feel like I totally disappear when I don’t have my makeup on and my hair pulled back. I didn’t feel I could really be beautiful or special or mysterious or glamorous until I saw the images in the ’40s movies – and those sex goddesses—it’s all created, it’s not natural beauty. I saw that and thought, I can’t be Cindy Crawford, who is someone I think is really naturally beautiful, but I can paint my way to being Marlene Dietrich or Rita Hayworth.’” -Dita Von Teese, whose show Strip, Strip Hooray! just played the Gramercy Theater in New York City (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
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Dangerous Minds did a bit of sleuthing to discover how and why these two were photographed together outside the Paramount gates in 1935. They dug up this 1995 Payboy interview that might explain it:
Playboy: What brought you to Hollywood in the first place?
Bradbury: The Depression brought me here from Waukegan, Illinois. The majority of people in the country were unemployed. My dad had been jobless in Waukegan for at least two years when in 1934 he announced to my mom, my brother and me that it was time to head West. I had just turned 14 when we got to California with only 40 dollars, which paid for our rent and bought our food until he finally found a job making wire at a cable company for $14 a week. That meant I could stay in Los Angeles, which was great. I was thrilled.
Playboy: With what aspect of it?
Bradbury: I was madly in love with Hollywood. We lived about four blocks from the Uptown Theater, which was the flagship theater for MGM and Fox. I learned how to sneak in. There were previews almost every week. I’d roller-skate over there—I skated all over town, hell-bent on getting autographs from glamorous stars. It was glorious. I saw big MGM stars such as Norma Shearer, Laurel and Hardy, Ronald Coleman. Or I’d spend all day in front of Paramount or Columbia, then zoom over to the Brown Derby to watch the stars coming or going. I’d see Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Allen, Burns and Allen—whoever was on the Coast. Mae West made her appearance—bodyguard in tow—every Friday night.
On the set of the 1933 film Song of Songs, directed by Rouben Mamoulian. The way the two ladies are looking at each other you wouldn’t think Mamoulian was also in the room. (via)
Marlene Dietrich met the Beatles (or vice versa) during rehearsals for a Royal Variety performance at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre, 1963. The Fab Four sang “Falling in Love Again.” (Photo: Dezo Hoffmann)