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!

Jerry Paris: A tribute

Jerry Paris, the actor/director best-known for his work in classic television, was born William Gerald Paris in San Francisco, California on this day in 1925. A child of divorce, Jerry was adopted as a child by his mother’s second husband and took the name William Gerald Grossman. When he became a professional actor, he would revert to his biological father’s last name. Prior to his … Continue reading Jerry Paris: A tribute

Frances Marion: a tribute

Born on this day in 1888, Frances Marion (born Marion Benson Owens) would grow up to become one of the most prominent women of Hollywood’s golden age. But Frances Marion was no screen star — she was a writer, one of only a few women who were able to find major success in the male-dominated world of 20th century screenwriting. Before becoming a screenwriter, she … Continue reading Frances Marion: 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

Katharine Hepburn: a tribute

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College she began her stage career, and a few years later found Hollywood success in the 1930s. She went on to amass 51 film and television credits between 1932 and 1994. As we celebrate her birthday today, the following are my five favorite Katharine Hepburn films (at the … Continue reading Katharine Hepburn: a tribute

Favorite films of Stanley Donen

Happy 89th birthday to one of my favorite directors and choreographers of the classic era, Stanley Donen! The following are a few of my favorites from his filmography, listed chronologically because I love them all equally. On the Town I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that On the Town is my favorite musical of all time. Few films of any genre have packed so … Continue reading Favorite films of Stanley Donen