Happy 100th Birthday, Olivia de Havilland!

Today is Olivia de Havilland’s 100th birthday! Olivia is probably best-known for playing Melanie “Mellie” Hamilton, Ashley Wilkes’ sweet wife-to-be and the eventual sister-in-law of Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind. I became a fan of her through that role, Gone with the Wind being one of the first classic films I watched. But Olivia is much more than just Mellie … Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday, Olivia de Havilland!

TMP Reads: The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of The Ice Cream Blonde by Chicago Review Press. I only accept books that are relevant to classic film or television, and only in exchange for an honest review; rest assured that the $0.00 price tag has not had an impact on my opinion of the book. For a great interview with the author and a chance to win a copy … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Ice Cream Blonde by Michelle Morgan

Ida Lupino: An Anti-Damsel On Screen and Off

Director, producer, writer, and star… all of these positions in the film industry require talent, knowledge and skill in order to produce good results. Everyone once in a blue moon a super-human artist emerges who can fill all four of these roles successfully. Ida Lupino, an actress of many memorable performances and a pioneering filmmaker, was one such artist. Ida was born to showbiz parents … Continue reading Ida Lupino: An Anti-Damsel On Screen and Off

“Storm Over Hollywood”: A profile of Gale Storm from Modern Screen, February 1954

Today, Gale Storm is a little-known talent of midcentury Hollywood. But in 1954, her career was booming, with Modern Screen calling her “the hottest star since the California fire.” The magazine’s February 1954 issue offers a profile of Gale. Home life and personality In some ways, this article is very much a product of its time. Storm’s life as a wife and mother is highlighted … Continue reading “Storm Over Hollywood”: A profile of Gale Storm from Modern Screen, February 1954

TMP Reads: The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci

Published in 1965, The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci opens with a biography and retrospective of Harlow’s career with seven pages of commentary, followed by a nine-page photo gallery, and then a film-by-film overview of her work as an actress. Stills, cast list, crew list, a synopsis and contemporary comments from film critics are included for each film. From her … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci

Linda Darnell: a tribute

Monetta Eloyse Darnell, who would later become known professionally as Linda Darnell, was born on October 16, 1923 in Dallas, Texas. One of six children (two of whom were half-siblings), Monetta’s mother had bigger dreams for her than the other children and was sure she had the potential to make it in show business. By the time she reached her teens, Darnell was working as … Continue reading Linda Darnell: a tribute

Carole Lombard: a tribute

On October 6, 1908, an average American couple by the names of Frederick and Elizabeth became parents to a baby girl. They already had two sons. They named their family’s new addition Jane Alice Peters, but she would later become known as Carole Lombard, the queen of screwball comedy. Elizabeth divorced Frederick when her daughter’s age was still in the single digits. She moved her … Continue reading Carole Lombard: a tribute