A Day of Old Hollywood Glamour

Since it’s a dreary, rainy day here in Bluffton and I’m listening to the water drip into the pots where the skylight is leaking in the bathroom, I thought I’d cheer myself up with some beautiful glamour photos and daydream the time away imagining I was one of them…

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Norma Shearer

Norma Shearer

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth

Heddy Lamarr

Heddy Lamarr

We lost another star yesterday with the passing of Deanna Durbin at age 91.  She was a child star with a tremendous operatic soprano voice.  Most of her movies were of course musicals.  The second movie she starred in was nominated for best picture, 100 Men and a Girl.  During World War II, Durbin was named the favorite of more than 300 different groups of servicemen.  She was Winston Churchill’s favorite movie star, and he was granted the opportunity to see her films before they were released to the general public in Great Britain.  Following crucial military victories, Churchill would celebrate by screening her 1937 film 100 Men and a Girl, accompanied by brandy and a cigar.  After 12 years in Hollywood, Deanna retired from the screen as the then highest-paid woman in Hollywood.  She remained in quiet and happy seclusion in France for the rest of her life.  Rest in peace, Ms. Durbin!

Deanna Durbin in Yank Magazine

Deanna Durbin in Yank Magazine

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4 thoughts on “A Day of Old Hollywood Glamour

  1. Well now don’t you know how to make someone day-dream! Actually it always makes me wonder how it is that women these days don’t aspire to being glamorous as these lovely ladies were. I also wonder why/how the style changed so dramatically that women no longer stand out but more blend in with the crowd. Ah…I miss those days…wait…I didn’t live back then…but I love the style and class and the overall sentiment of the era! Wonderful post my sweet lil sis ;-)

    • I blame feminism for the change. What once was considered alluring is now considered restrictive. Even pre-code days didn’t show everything. Now it’s all cookie cutter, plastic surgery and air brushing for tartlets, er, I mean, starlets!

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