Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part I)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The June 1944 issue of Photoplay in my collection has a feature aptly titled “What should I do?,” which is your typical advice column… aside from the fact that it’s written by none other than Claudette Colbert! This was a monthly feature in Photoplay, … Continue reading Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part I)

Frank Capra and Barbara Stanwyck: Cinematic Dream Team

Ladies of Leisure: a tale of romance between two people who fall at opposite ends of the wealth and status spectrum. The Miracle Woman: an exploration of a woman’s struggle to find faith in humanity and in God after the loss of her father, and after her own foray into corrupt evangelism. Forbidden: the story of a woman who has in illegitimate child with a married … Continue reading Frank Capra and Barbara Stanwyck: Cinematic Dream Team

Janet Leigh: a tribute

Born July 6, 1927, Janet Helen Morrison is probably best known by modern audiences as the lady who gets killed in the shower scene of Psycho. But under her stage name of Janet Leigh, the actress racked up over 80 film and television credits. She was also an accomplished stage performer, a wife (married four times), a mother and a best-selling author. Janet was discovered in 1945 by … Continue reading Janet Leigh: a tribute

Mary Tyler Moore: A tribute (for the Funny Lady Blogathon)

TMP is largely a mid-20th century film blog, but as you may have noticed I also like to talk about classic television from time to time. One of my favorite classic television series is The Dick Van Dyke Show, which I’ve been re-watching and sharing my thoughts on through a “Recap and React” blog series. Today, for the Funny Lady Blogathon hosted by Movies, Silently, … Continue reading Mary Tyler Moore: A tribute (for the Funny Lady Blogathon)

Historical Context: ‘Who’s Who in Hollywood’ 1954 issue, Part I

Historical Context is a series in which I share excerpts/information from my ever-growing collection of vintage publications. Today’s installment in the series features the 1954 issue of Who’s Who in Hollywood, an annual publication highlighting the biggest stars of the previous year as well as the “stars of tomorrow.” One of the gems of my old magazine collection is the 1954 issue of ‘Who’s Who … Continue reading Historical Context: ‘Who’s Who in Hollywood’ 1954 issue, Part I

Betty Hutton: A tribute

Elizabeth June Thornburg isn’t a name that most people would recognize, but Betty Hutton certainly is a recognizable name in entertainment. Born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, Betty was the daughter of a railroad foreman and his wife, a homemaker. The family lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. (And yes, the fact that she’s a fellow Michigander was a factor in my decision to … Continue reading Betty Hutton: A tribute

Ida Lupino: A tribute

A girl named Ida was born February 4, 1918 to a comedian father and actress mother in England. Though her parents encouraged her to become an entertainer, none of them knew that she would become the Ida Lupino: a Hollywood star, writer and pioneering female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry. Ida’s career began on the stage, where she first appeared in school productions as a child. … Continue reading Ida Lupino: A tribute

Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actress winners

Happy Oscar nominations day! I’m a total fiend for award season, so today I’ve decided to kick off a special four-part series of Oscar lists. A list of my favorite Best Actor winners will appear tomorrow, and there will be two more lists in February around the day of this year’s show. The following is a chronological list of my 10 favorite Best Actress in … Continue reading Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actress winners