All About Eve

All About Eve (1950)

[…] conniver.  And our protagonists, one by one, are about to find out. Eve and Margo welcome theater critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) and his protégé Miss Casswell (Marilyn Monroe) to the party that Eve organized for Bill. Not What She Seems Margo discovers that Eve isn’t a sweet innocent after Eve mentions with a […]

Jane Russell

Jane Russell: Full-Figured & Faithful

I’ve admired Jane Russell for a long time.   As a nine-year-old Classic Hollywood fan, Jane was the third star I became enamored of, after Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe. An Immediate Jane Russell Fan When I saw my first Jane Russell film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), nine-year-old-me preferred the brunette in the film to the […]

Shelley Winters Mint Chocolate Milkshake

[…] actress, Shelley was never afraid to put aside glamour for a good role.  Throughout her six-decade-long career, Shelley won two Oscars, divorced three husbands, was roommates with Marilyn Monroe, and romanced some of the most notable names in the movies. Shelley Winters at the height of her blonde bombshell years! Shelley Winters’ “Standard Tranquilizer” […]

carmen jones

Carmen Jones (1954) & Dorothy Dandridge

[…] Preminger’s memory of what he saw on stage is indicative of the unique vision he had for his film version of Carmen Jones: Director Otto Preminger with Marilyn Monroe, whom he directed in River of No Return (1954) before starting work on Carmen Jones (1954). “I was fascinated by the idea of transposing the […]

Great Oscar Injustices: Barbara Stanwyck (Part III)

[…] Cotton, Louis Calhern, and a very young Leslie Caron. ↗ The Man with a Cloak on TCM 2. Clash By Night (1952) Also starring a very young Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn once shared that Barbara was one of the only stars of the previous generation who was kind to her.  Barbara took Marilyn under wing […]

tony curtis

Tony Curtis: The Underrated Actor With Perfect Hair

I’ll be completely honest: I’ve never been a huge Tony Curtis fan. Much of that stems from the fact that as a nine-year-old Marilyn Monroe mega fan, I was well aware of Tony’s now infamous remark, made during filming of Some Like It Hot (1959), that compared kissing Marilyn to kissing Hitler. Tony and […]

Nora Prentiss

Nora Prentiss (1947), Ann Sheridan, & Billy Travilla

[…] in the 1950s. The sunburst on Ann’s white dress from Nora Prentiss above hints at the full scale sunburst pleating that Travilla would implement almost a decade later for Marilyn Monroe’s famous gold lame gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Another Travilla element we first see in Nora Prentiss is the vertical sequins over skin-toned fabric […]

Joe E. Brown: Hollywood’s Nicest Guy

[…] my share of happiness in a family, in friends, in work.  I have always felt that my work is the grandest business in the world.”  Joe makes Marilyn Monroe smile on the set of Some Like It Hot (1959). Even during the tough, impoverished days of his youth, Joe lived by one simple mantra: […]