Saturday, January 25, 2014

Keeping Up With The Barrymores: If Reality TV Was Around Back Then

Kardashians? Nah - if I am going to spend reality time with a Hollywood family, Id much rather spend it with a clan like the Barrymores. Now there's a family worth following!
YES

NO
Season One:  Dramatic Beginnings

Herbert Arthur Chamberlain Blythe (1849-1905), the son of a surveyor for the British East India Company, here's the call of the theater and adopts the stage name Maurice Barrymore to spare his respectable family the shame of having a child on the stage. He made his way from India to England to Broadway, where he met, fell in love with and married the actress, Georgiana Drew (1856-1893). Georgiana came from acting family, John and Louise Lane Drew. Louisa was a thrice-married woman, quite scandalous at the time. 
The Dashing Maurice Barrymore
I'm sure there was much chatter about that over the mutton chops.
The Lovely Georgiana Drew Barrymore
Georgiana and Maurice had three children (Ethel, Lionel and John) and were happy at first, but, alas, hubby possessed a wandering eye and the marriage became yet another unhappy theatrical venture.  His rumored amours were: Helena Modjeska, Mrs. Fiske, Mrs. Leslie Carter, Lillian Russell and - gasp! - Lily Langtry. Take that, George Clooney!! Poor Georgiana died of tuberculosis at age 36, leaving her children in the care of her mother in Philadelphia. Maurice, who had limited contact with his children until their teens, continued to act. At the time of his death (from syphilis), he was playing vaudeville. 
Georgie with children Ethel, Lionel and John.
There are no known photos of Maurice with his 3 children.
Juicy, no? Stay tuned for Season 2 of Keeping Up With the Barrymores! Oh those kids!




Sunday, June 9, 2013

Postcards From My Trip With Audrey

Well, I am off on my world tour with my best gal pal, Audrey. She has promised to take me to all the best places where we will meet all the best people. I promise to send postcards!

Stop #1: New York
Dear Friend:
Audrey says that you simply have not done the Big Apple unless you breakfast at Tiffany's.

Next, we took the train to the suburbs (Glen Cove to be exact) to spend some time with her friends, the Larabees, on Long Island's fabled north shore.
The Larrabees were a dull bunch (except David), but they threw lavish parties and Linus did give me some excellent investment advice.

Before the next leg of our journey, we stopped at a quaint bookstore where Audrey often shopped (also a great hangout for photographers and models).

Stop 2: London
Dear Friend:
Audrey has a dear friend, Henry Higgins ( a rather old fashioned gent whose charm, I confess, eludes me). However, Mr. Higgins was kind enough to take us to the races and Covent Garden. Jolly Good!

Stop 3: Rome
What fun we had in Rome! Audrey has 2 reporter friends and boy, did they show us a good time! We saw all the sights and even rode a Vespa! I hate to leave.


Stop 4: Paris
It seems everyone in Paris knows Audrey! Here we saw it all!

The great attractions
We met up with her friends from the bookstore!


The bohemian nightlife

The museums

All in all, it was a fabulous whirl with my BFF! Wish you were here!

p.s. Somebody had to take the pictures!!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dreaming of.....The Beauty of Rita Hayworth

My current obsession with Rita Hayworth just grows and grows. Her beauty speaks for itself. No words are necessary. For more about Rita, click HERE.

Rita in Black & White









Rita in Real Life





Rita in Color





Her beauty speaks for itself.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blizzard Schmizzard!


The Blizzard of 2013 has left me longing for the sun!

Let's following the bouncing beach ball to some bathing beauties who sure know how to have fun in the sun!
Evelyn Brent and Louise Brooks hear
there are good things on the horizon

God, I love plaid

Charlie Chaplin hears the call of the sea.....

Ann Dvorak appears to be coming out of the pool,
yet she is dry and has her shoes on....hmmm....

Susan Hayward makes a stunning bathing beauty

Clara Bow is ready for anything - swimsuit - check;
surfboard - check; sombrero - check; six-shooter - check

Bette Davis is a real bombshell!


Elvis rocks his swimsuit

Jean Harlow - a breathtaking glam goddess

William Holden and Jennifer Jones light up ala Now Voyager

Buster Keaton is modest, Marceline Day is adorable
Grace Kelly shows she was more than a cool blonde
Even Rita's pup is enthralled with her beauty

Gene Tierney looking classic and sexy

Marilyn always makes it seem like a day at the beach

The one and only Liz