RIP Shirley Temple

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My mother LOATHED Shirley Temple. Thought she was an smart-mouthed little brat, and consequently we were FORBIDDEN to watch her movies in our house. Sometimes, if we wanted to annoy her, we'd sing "Animals Crackers" in little baby voices and then run away laughing. What I'm getting at, is that I have no great affection for Shirley. I was ... See the Rest

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Hot Look of the Day: Jean Batten

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With Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindberg hogging all the early aviatrix glory, you might never have heard of the lovely Jean Gardner Batten ("The Garbo of the Skies"). Regarded universally as one of the great international aviators of the 1930s, she was the first person to fly solo from England to New Zealand and back again and held the record ... See the Rest

Flashback 1939: Louis Jourdan


Via Kinoimages: "There was high excitement reverberating in 1939 from the proposed new film, Le Corsaire (directed by Marc Allégret) with Charles Boyer and the gorgeous Louis Jourdan. But it was not to be, and after only a month of shooting, production ceased in September 1939 as France began to prepare for war. All that remains of Le Corsaire is a ... See the Rest

Transformation Tuesday: Billy B Helps Me to Channel My Inner Marlene Dietrich

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Today we have the irrepressible Billy B back on the Transformations set, and the look we're going for is "Marlene Dietrich in her Weimar-era lesbian cabaret entertainer phase." It's a tricky look because it's so simple that it succeeds or fails with my characterization. The night before we filmed it, in fact, I tossed and turned, worried that I'd ... Watch Now

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  From 1939's Jesse James. (via WeHadFacesThen) ... See the Rest

Flashback 1937: Gypsy Rose Lee


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Tune for Today: Robbie Williams Covers “Dream a Little Dream”

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The ever-green standard, first recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Harriet, and covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to Bing Crosby to (most memorably) Mama Cass, is sung beautifully here. It might be my favorite version of the song yet. Of course, Robbie yucks it up in the video, doing an homage to early '60s-style Christmas specials. Isn't it odd that's ... See the Rest