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1920s Style Icons: The Ever-Dramatic Pola Negri

1920s Style Icons: The Ever-Dramatic Pola Negri

Pola Negri was a Polish silent movie star of the 1920s. She was famous for both her roles as a femme fatale and her tragic roles and, ever the drama queen, she never hesitated to use her personal life to boost her career having high-profile relationships with some of the biggest movie stars of the(…)

9 Classic Hollywood Stars Who Didn’t Make it to 40 (and What Happened to Them)

9 Classic Hollywood Stars Who Didn’t Make it to 40 (and What Happened to Them)

I turn 40 next week and this milestone got me thinking about all the Hollywood stars who died tragically young and didn’t even make it this far. Their deaths ranged from suicide, to murder, car and plane crashes and even an allergic reaction to a headache tablet. Did I miss anyone out of this list(…)

15 Beautiful But Forgotten Silent Movie Stars

15 Beautiful But Forgotten Silent Movie Stars

When we think of silent movie stars we inevitably think of Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino as well as perhaps Lillian Gish (not forgetting the quintessential flappers Clara Bow and Louise Brooks).  But for every movie icon there were hundreds of actresses who appeared in silent movies whose names haven’t stood the test of time(…)

Vintage Style Icons: The Ice-Cold Blonde

Vintage Style Icons: The Ice-Cold Blonde

Hitchcock’s fair-haired heroines are perhaps those that spring to mind when you think of an ice-cold blonde. They was certainly the type of woman Hitch fixated on: beautiful women who were cold and distant on the exterior but full of passion underneath. However the ice-cold blonde has been around for a lot longer than that,(…)

3 Astonishing Silent Movie Stunts

3 Astonishing Silent Movie Stunts

Well, I say there are 3, but frankly there are so many stunts packed into these movie clips that I couldn’t reliably count them. Movie-goers in the silent movie era loved slapstick as well as bold and outrageous stunts, all of which were made without the help of CGI and which could have been catastrophic(…)

4 Vintage Horror Movies You Just Wouldn’t See Today

4 Vintage Horror Movies You Just Wouldn’t See Today

Or perhaps this should be horror movies that they just wouldn’t make today, either because they’re totally inappropriate, incredibly corny or downright bizarre. I especially like the movie which was shot in ‘shocking sexicolor’ – that sounds more exciting than technicolor any day!

1940s Movie Icons: Ida Lupino

1940s Movie Icons: Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino was a British actress and director who appeared in over 50 movies as well as becoming a pioniering and prolific director. She started her movie career working out of Teddington Studios in England in the early 1930s and moved to Hollywood in 1933. She continued to work in Hollywood throughout the 30s and(…)

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly

Got that Sunday blues feeling? I’m delighted to say I haven’t for once. Summer seems to have appeared from nowhere and we’ve had a strangely surprising March heatwave today (perhaps that vintage swimwear article wasn’t too early after all!). I’d love to know what you think of this movie trailer which has just been released.(…)

1950s Style Icons: Jayne Mansfield

1950s Style Icons: Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was an iconic bombshell of the 50s and 60s and was known as the ‘Working Man’s Monroe‘. She was a master of self-publicity and pioneered the use of the wardrobe malfunction to raise her profile. “A forty-one inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee-a(…)

My Vintage Take on the Oscars

My Vintage Take on the Oscars

The news this morning is filled with the pictures and winners from last night’s Academy Award ceremony – well, that and the slightly terrifying crisis in Crimea. As always the dresses were gorgeous (at the Oscars that is – I’m woefully under-informed about dresses in the Ukraine) and Jennifer Lawrence continued her Awards tradition of(…)

1940s Style Icons: Veronica Lake

1940s Style Icons: Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake was one of the most popular movie stars in the early 1940s. She made her name paired with Alan Ladd and was known for playing sexy femme fatale roles.  The image of her looking out from beneath her trademark hairstyle – the peek-a-boo fringe (said to be the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit’s hair)(…)

Quotes: Jane Russell on Men

Quotes: Jane Russell on Men

I like a man who can run faster than I can – Jane Russell I love Jane Russell‘s attitude. Not that I imagine many men would have been running away from her as she was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 40s and 50s (and not just because of her magnificent assets). My(…)

Marilyn Monroe’s Sensational USO Tour in South Korea

Marilyn Monroe’s Sensational USO Tour in South Korea

In February 1954 Marilyn Monroe travelled to South Korea to entertain the troops. She performed a quickly thrown-together show titled ‘Anything Goes’ to audiences which totalled over 100,000 troops over 4 days. She flew to Korea during her honeymoon in Japan with husband Joe DiMaggio. The baseball star was said to be annoyed by the(…)

Vintage Look Book: 1950s Sportswear

Vintage Look Book: 1950s Sportswear

There were so many stylish men in the 1950s: Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Elvis and of course James Dean. Youth culture blossomed in the Fifties and sportswear became really popular, so grab yourself a pair of high-tops, a bowling shirt and a varsity jumper and get your vintage on boys! Clockwise from top: Vintage 1950s(…)

1960s Style Icons: Nancy Kwan

1960s Style Icons: Nancy Kwan

Nancy Kwan was one of the first EuroAsian-American actresses to play major roles in Hollywood movies. Born in Hong Kong she became a movie actress and sex symbol in the 1960s and was nicknamed the ‘Chinese Bardot’.  Born in 1939 to a Cantonese father and British mother and became the first significant Asian actress in(…)

Sonja Henie: The Esther Williams of Ice Skating

Sonja Henie: The Esther Williams of Ice Skating

With the Winter Olympics in full swing it’s a great time to talk about 1930s skating and movie star Sonja  Henie. Henie was a Norwegian skater who won pretty much everything in ice-skating from 1927 to 1936 back in the days when figure skating competitions took place on frozen lakes rather than ice rinks (see(…)

Vintage Look Book: I Won’t Send Roses

Vintage Look Book: I Won’t Send Roses

Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching, and I know it’s an occasion that people either love or hate, so I thought this was a great Valentines theme. ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ is almost an anti-love song – if you don’t know it, it comes from the 1920s musical Mack and Mabel and it makes me weep(…)

Quotes: Tallulah Bankhead on Being Good

Quotes: Tallulah Bankhead on Being Good

It’s the good girls who keep the diaries. The bad girls never have the time – Tallulah Bankhead The picture is taken from a Lobby card for the 1932 film Faithless starring Tallulah Bankhead and Robert Montgomery. Check out her odd triangular manicure in the original (below) – strange eh? Adore that splash of red lipstick(…)