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!

Lillian Powell: a tribute

Born May 29, 1896, Lillian Powell was a Canadian actress and dancer who would go on to train at Denishawn, appear in experimental short films and find success in television, in a career lasting from the 1920s through the end of the 1960s. After adopting her within the first year of her life, Charles and Eliza Powell moved Lillian from her birthplace of British Columbia … Continue reading Lillian Powell: 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

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

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