Grilled Potato Spinach Piroshki

Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Katharine Hepburn.  Jimmy Stewart, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant.  Jim Morrison and Elvis.  Clyde Barrow and John Dillinger.  Chief Wyandanah, Henry David Thoreau, Amelia Earhart.  John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. England, Ireland, Scotland.  Sweden, Russia, and Poland.  Germany, France, North America.  And Ukraine. Like most Americans, my family is from all […]

Paul Newman

Paul Newman: Old Hollywood Class & Modern Cool

[…] is Older Than You Think With his youthful appearance and modern vibe, it’s hard to believe that Paul Newman is older than many Classic Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Jack Lemmon, and James Garner. Newman was born January 26, 1925, making him technically a contemporary […]

Rear Window

Rear Window (1954) & the Decade of Jimmy Stewart

[…] actor in Hollywood.  Look magazine named him 1955’s most popular movie star in the world.  Jimmy Stewart isn’t the flashiest of stars most commonly associated with the 1950s—think Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Marlon Brando.  But Jim was, quietly, more consistently successful and universally loved. Jimmy Stewart: A Good Man & A Real Life Hero With […]

Tony Curtis Could Act: The Boston Strangler (1968)

[…] beyond flattered to have his face on the cover of an album by some of the world’s most influential musicians, with the likes of such legends as Marilyn Monroe. The album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which included Tony among its famous faces. “It was particularly uplifting for me, partly because I […]

Ann Sheridan

Plenty Of “Oomph”: The Underrated Ann Sheridan

[…] keen eye for fashion that gave William “Billy” Travilla his start in films. The legendary designer later became most celebrated for the flawless gowns he created for Marilyn Monroe, but Travilla’s success in Hollywood can all be traced back to Ann Sheridan.  Read my articles on Nora Prentiss (1947) and Billy Travilla for more about […]