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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sepia Saturday 69 : 9 April 2011

It is that time again.....


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Courtesy of Photo of The day Free Images.
  

and we welcome a very special lady to the Sepia Saturday mix!     This photo of a bear cub and Mary (aka America’s Sweetheart) is a perfect example of who Mary Pickford was in everyday life.    Mary’s stunning and curly golden locks complimented her large, dark eyes that were bigger than life, and they constantly showed her all that was right with the world.  It was through her enjoyment of life, that she was able to offer it to us in return.  

Mary Pickford was more than a woman of beauty and intelligence; she was a woman of great appreciation in all things!


Greetings again to Sepia Saturday with Alan’s remarkable new theme of Mary Pickford, mostly a motion picture actress, with the most alluring eyes….



“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford



If you want to join Sepia Saturday about Mary or have other memorable items to share just go here

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2011/04/sepia-saturday-69-9th-april-2011.html


            However as interesting as Mary Pickford is I'm going slightly off her magic to include some other motion picture stars from way back when....all of the following photos are from a collection I bought some time ago, and I'll include just a bit of their movie career for you now.  Some may surprise you, others you might not remember, but they all shared in the magic of Hollywood......

Irene Coleman chorus girl from Broadway Melody of 1936, (filmed in 1935) Clearly, this stunning star could have been far more famous than she was.  In most of the films where Irene starred she was (uncredited, such a shame)

Irene Coleman another brunette, was born in Nashua, New Hampshire 13, August 1913, and she was Miss Chicago of 1931!  She died 19 July 1975 and a few of her many movies (with limited parts) are After The Thin Man, (a chorus girl) At The Circus,(with Groucho Marx 1939) Slightly Honorable (a curvy brunette 1940) as just a few.
Moving on to another stunning starlet......
Jane Withers born April 12, 1926 American Actress best known for being a most popular child film star of the 1930's and early 1940's. Pictured with Robert Wilcox from "Rascals." (1938)
As well as being "Josephine the Plumber" in a series of TV commercials for comet cleanser in 1960's and early 1970's.  Her first local radio broadcast was in Atlanta, Georgia as "Dixie's Dainty Dewdrop" but then she moved with her family to Hollywood, where her career really took off!  One of her famous lines while starring with Shirley Temple was, "There ain't any Santa Claus because my psychoanalyst told me!"

On to a French and American Film Actress....
Simone Simon, Don Ameche, Robert Young in "Josette" with Bert Lahr, Joan Davis, Paul Hurst, William Collier Sr. Tala Birell, and Jayne Regan in 1938.
Born April 23, 1910 in Bethune, France, (some say Marseille) she was first a French  Film Actress who began her film career in 1931.  Always known for her charm, but mostly for her irresistible smile.  She maintained both an American Film career and that of a French Film Actress.  Simone always stood out for her loveliness.  She died February 22, 2005.

Next straight from Tennessee....
Warner Baxter in "Ill Give A Million" with Peter Lorr, Marjorie Weaver, jean Hersholt, John Carradine, J. Edward Bromberg, Lynn Bari, and Fritz Feld.
Marjorie was born March 2, 1913 died October 1, 1994 and was known as a vivacious and engaging Tennessee born brunette beauty...before becoming a film star she was a band singer, model and stage performer.  She retired from show business in 1945 except for starring in "We're Not married" in 1952.   She married Don Briggs in 1943, had two children and they opened and ran a fancy liquor establishment in Westwood, of Los Angeles.
Last is a glamorous Hungarian....
Franciska Gaal pictured with Fredric March in 1937 from Cecil B. DeMille's "The Buccaneer," which recounts the adventures of Lafitte and the incidents of the war of 1812 in which Fredric March and the little Dutch girl by Franciska Gaal, making her American film debut in this picture.
Franciska was born in Hungary on February 1, 1904 and died in New York, NY January 2, 1973 and she was a popular continental cabaret artist of the 1920's and 1930's and she also appeared sporadically on Broadway.

Since we've been disclosing so much from Los Angeles, California I'm finishing this week's Sepia Saturday with an interesting photo.......care of LAX, Los Angeles International Airport.  There is so much charm and mystery with a witty sort of innovation that makes the town so inviting to visit....at least once......

Skyhigh Restaurant Los Angeles International Air Terminal
This stunning restaurant and cocktail lounge serves people at one of the world's most modern and busiest air terminals.  The photo is circa early 1960's.  It's still open under a different name....come and check it out!
"Find out who you are and do it on purpose." - Dolly Parton

12 comments:

Meri said...

Interesting -- mostly because I've never heard of any of the starlets beyond Mary Pickford (and her only as an historical reference).

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Your posts are always so awesome! I didn't really know anything about Mary Pickford ... and I enjoy all the other sepias that you posted today too.

I went with Shirley Temple in Heidi for my post.

Happy Sepia Saturday,

Kathy M.

sage said...

I'm back... Nice photos from hollywood's golden age.

Christine H. said...

Very interesting to read about those starlets. I have to admit that other than Mary Pickford, I was only familiar (slightly) with Jane Withers.

Tattered and Lost said...

Wonderful walk through tinsel town. I always like to look at the faces in old movies and wonder what became of the people. When I moved to L.A. my post office was in Hollywood and I used to look at all the strange little old ladies that came to collect their mail, all made up with a lot of makeup, and wonder if they'd come from somewhere else hoping to fulfill their Hollywood dreams when they were young. Now they were just old and sad looking living in, at the time, a squalid part of town.

Howard said...

Wonderful post. I'm in love with Irene Coleman...

Postcardy said...

The old movie stars seem a lot more glamorous than the current celebrities.

Nick said...

Life at Pickfair must have been grand. Interesting post!

JJ said...

Great post! I am into the old films and stars. I'm in love with all of them!

imagespast said...

Great post - such glamorous ladies. The photos remind me of wet Saturday afternoons watching black and white Hollywood extravaganzas on TV :-) Jo

Magyar Fotóarchivum said...

Wow!I love this!
Franciska Gaal Love! :)

Crooner62 said...

Enjoyed your photos! Just one correction: you list Jane Withers as the starlet in your photo of the film Rascals (1938). Jane Withers is in the film, but it's beautiful Rochelle Hudson that's in your picture! Jane was a talented and radiant child actress, but she was not especially pretty. Also, she was still very much a child in the 1930s. Rochelle never made it to the very top, but she was in quite a few roles (especially noteworthy for playing Cosette in 1935's 'Les Miserables') throughout the 30s and early 40s. Here's a link (if it translates from a clip of her with Jane Withers in Rascals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxQLvYI_J3Q