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Young Joan Crawford Topless

Young Joan Crawford Topless

Continuing on the theme from yesterday with Hollywood stars before they were famous, here’s a very young and rather risqué photo of Joan Crawford back in her flapper days. Totally different to her later on-screen image isn’t it! Image source and copyright: Some rights reserved  

Mae West Before Her Hollywood Makeover

Mae West Before Her Hollywood Makeover

We all know what Mae West looked like (above). Her sexy on-screen image is probably one of the most iconic of all time. So much so that she had life preservers named after her during WW2 and Salvador Dali created his iconic lips sofa because of his fascination with her. But what did she look(…)

Book Review: Tiger Woman by Betty May

Book Review: Tiger Woman by Betty May

‘I learnt one thing on my honeymoon – to take drugs’. Tiger Woman is the autobiography of Betty May, a bohemian wild-child and the unlikely heroine of this truly astonishing story. Born in a poverty-stricken area of London, we hear Betty’s shocking journey  which culminates in her becoming a notorious 1920s flapper and artists muse,(…)

1920s Wedding Dress Gallery

1920s Wedding Dress Gallery

I thought I’d indulge in a little wedding nostalgia from the 1920s today, partly because I was wondering when the next series of Downton Abbey is due to start. (I’m guessing in the Autumn once the weather has turned and the summer of sport is over!) I love the styles of the 1920, these wedding(…)

Boobie Cakes

Boobie Cakes

People the world over have found breast cakes entertaining (not to mention titillating) for a long time. I seem to remember that there’s a story of Marie Antoinette outraging her tea party guests with them (“let them eat boobie cakes!”), and there’s even a festival in Sicily where they eat little breast-shaped cupcakes called ‘Saint(…)

The Captivating Marie Doro

The Captivating Marie Doro

Marie Doro was an American silent movie actress of the early 1920s. Isn’t she stunning? She started out as a chorus girl and actress at which time she inspired a young Charlie Chaplin to fall madly in love with her. She moved into silent movies in 1915 but sadly 13 out of the 18 movies(…)

Photos of Monet with His Water Lilies

Photos of Monet with His Water Lilies

French Impressionist painter Monet, photographed in his gardens in Giverny, the inspiration for his famous Water Lilies series of paintings. Monet painted more than 200 paintings of water lilies during the last 30 years of his life, many of which were painted whilst he had cataracts. I’ve seen the paintings so many times, and it’s(…)

Gallery: 1930s Beach Acrobatics

Gallery: 1930s Beach Acrobatics

Apparently some people prefer taking exercise on the beach rather than just lounging with a Margarita. I don’t understand it myself. It’s all very impressive but I’d be hanging out with that handsome guy in the bottom photo chilling out and getting a tan.

Movie Tuesday: Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Movie Tuesday: Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

There are 4 major versions of Cleopatra that I know of: the silent movie version with the exotic vamp Theda Bara in the title role, the art deco masterpiece starring Claudette Colbert, the Taylor-Burton 1960s version and this: Caesar and Cleopatra. This is a very different version of the Cleopatra story to the others which(…)

Fashion Inspiration: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra

Fashion Inspiration: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor wore a staggering 65 costumes during the movie Cleopatra (apparently her costumes alone cost nearly $200,000), so it’s hard to come up with one particular style which sums up the movie. The general rules seemed to be: low plunging necklines or off the shoulder dresses with nipped-in waists and long flowing skirts. Oh(…)

Come Play With Us Danny… The Invisible Twins

Come Play With Us Danny… The Invisible Twins

If you’ve watched Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (and I’m pretty sure you will have done) you’ll remember those twin girls. Hello Danny. Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever. The photo above is from an exhibit in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I think they’ve(…)

Saturday Baking: Hummingbird Cake

Saturday Baking: Hummingbird Cake

This is another way of using up those pesky overripe bananas, but with a luxurious (and slightly tropical) result. The finished cake is reminiscent of deluxe carrot cake, especially with the cinnamon and cream-cheese frosting, but is actually made with bananas and tinned pineapple.

The Short Life of Russia’s First Silent Movie Star: Vera Kholodnaya

The Short Life of Russia’s First Silent Movie Star: Vera Kholodnaya

You may not have heard of Vera Kholodnaya, but she was Russia’s first major silent movie star. The majority of her movies were destroyed by the Soviet regime and she died under suspicious circumstances aged just 25 but she managed to in a lot of living in her short life! Born in 1893 in Poltava,(…)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greta Garbo

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greta Garbo

Swedish-born Greta was christened Greta Lovisa Gustafsson. Garbo’s first job was as a soap-lather girl in a barbershop. She also worked as an errand girl in a department store, in the millinery department selling hats and as a model before her acting career took off. After being spotted by MGM she moved to America where(…)

The Tragic Love Story of Double Agent Dagmar Lahlum

The Tragic Love Story of Double Agent Dagmar Lahlum

After watching Triple Cross earlier in the week, I couldn’t resist looking into the story behind the movie and finding out more about notorious double agent Eddie Chapman. It sounds like he was every bit as charming in real-life as portrayed by Christopher Plummer, only with perhaps even fewer scruples. After reading up on his(…)

Vintage Paper Dolls: Rita Hayworth

Vintage Paper Dolls: Rita Hayworth

You will probably know by now that Rita Hayworth was always my favourite classic movie star – she just seemed so impossibly glamorous. So how could I leave her out of my vintage paper doll series? Which outfit do you think suits her best? Personally, I love that sea green voile gown!

Movie Monday: Triple Cross (1966)

Movie Monday: Triple Cross (1966)

After last week’s disappointment watching Citizen Kane I was delighted to discover a real gem this week. Don’t be put off by the grim movie poster (right), this isn’t a harrowing war movie it’s a delightful James-Bond-style wartime spy thriller with the delectable Christopher Plummer as debonair British double agent Eddie Chapman. I knew nothing(…)

Man’s Desire Back in 1919

Man’s Desire Back in 1919

Mans Desire: A story of the clash of elemental passions in the depths of the forest primeval. Replete with exceptional snow and storm scenes. I just loved this movie poster from 1919 – the movie sounds cracking doesn’t it? I’ll have to try to track down a copy! Image source and copyright: This media file(…)