Friday, December 15, 2017

Merry Christmas

Celebrate Christmas with some of our favorite classic actresses ....

Jean Harlow                                                                                        Clara Bow

Marion Davies                                                                      Betty Grable

Carole Lombard & Ruth Hiatt                                                                                 Myrtle Lynd

Betty White Posed NUDE !!!

Betty White has been one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses since the 1950s. Her Emmy winning role on The Golden Girls made her a television icon. Fans may be surprised to learn that early in her career Betty posed nude! Here are the rare photos ....

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ruth Taylor (Comedy Starlet)

"A girl can make a lot of money as an actress but that isn't the prime factor for me. It is just that I like 
to act - I always have." ~ Ruth

Ruth Alice Taylor was born on January 13, 1905 (some sources say 1908) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When she was a child her family moved to Oregon. At the age of nineteen Ruth went to Hollywood and started her career as an extra at Universal Studios. In 1925 she signed a two year contract with Mack Sennett and became one of his bathing beauties. With her perky smile and blonde spit curls Ruth quickly became one of Sennett's most popular actresses. She had supporting roles in several comedies including A Yankee Doodle Duke and The Pride Of Pikeville. Ruth was nicknamed "The Little Girl With A Big Personality".

In 1928 she beat out dozens of other actresses for the role of Lorelei Lee in the film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. That same year she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars. Ruth was offered a contract at Paramount and starred in the comedy The College Coquette. In 1930 she married stockbroker Paul Steinberg Zuckerman and had a son. She decided to quit making movies and became a housewife. Her final acting role was in the comedy short Scrappily Married. Ruth and Paul lived in Palm Springs and were happily married until his death in 1965. Their son, Buck Henry, became a successful screenwriter. Ruth died on April 12, 1984 at the age of seventy-nine. She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Did Kirk Douglas Rape Natalie Wood?

Unfortunately sexual harassment and rape have been a big part of Hollywood history. In 1954 sixteen year old Natalie Wood was raped by an older actor. Although she never went to the police she told several of her friends what happened. Natalie claimed she was raped in by actor Kirk Douglas. He had invited her to his hotel room for an audition. When she got there he gave her a drink and told her he liked "young girls". Then he threw down on the bed and raped her. When it was over he told her "If you tell anyone it will be the last thing you do." The attack was so violent that Natalie started bleeding and had to go the hospital. Her mother discouraged her from filing a complaint because she worried it would hurt Natalie's career. At the time Kirk Douglas was one of the most powerful stars in Hollywood. He has admitted that in his past he was a womanizer and an alcoholic but he's never confessed to rape. Natalie was traumatized by the rape and spent years in therapy. Friends said she would "shudder" every time she heard Douglas's name. Tragically Natalie died in 1981 without ever getting justice for her rape. Kirk Douglas celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016 and has never been charged with a crime.

                                                                                                    Kirk Douglas

Legendary Lesbian Affairs

Many classic actresses were gay or bi-sexual. Unfortunately these women were forced to stay in the closet and hide their romances from the public. Here are ten of Hollywood's most passionate lesbian affairs ....

Patsy Kelly and Tallulah Bankhead had a long-term romance. When Patsy was having trouble finding acting work Tallulah hired her as a personal assistant.

Janet Gaynor and Mary Martin were in a romantic relationship for decades. Although they were both married to men Janet and Mary lived together in Brazil.

Lilyan Tashman and Greta Garbo had a passionate romance during the 1920s. When Greta ended their affair Lilyan was devastated.

Marjorie Main and Spring Byington had a very serious relationship. They lived together for many years and Spring openly admitted that she loved Marjorie

Joan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck had a short-lived love affair in the 1920s. Although the romance ended Barbara and Joan stayed lifelong friends.

Marie Dressler and actress Claire DuBrey had a long-term relationship. They lived together and Claire took care of Marie when she was dying of cancer.

Marilyn Monroe and her acting teacher Natasha Lytess had a romantic relationship. The two women lived together and Marilyn gave Natasha many expensive gifts.

Carole Landis and writer Jacqueline Susann had a brief affair in 1945. The lesbian romance in Jacqueline's book Valley Of The Dolls was based on her relationship with Carole.

Marlene Dietrich and Claudette Colbert had a passionate love affair in the 1930s. Claudette and Marlene remained close for the rest of their lives.

Billie Burke was romantically involved with female director Dorothy Arzner. They lived together in the 1930s and Dorothy often cast Billie in her movies.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Martha Raye

"Ask any girl what she'd rather be than beautiful, and she'll say more beautiful." ~ Martha 

 Martha Raye was born Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed on August 27, 1916, in Butte, Montana. Her parents were vaudeville entertainers and she started performing with them when she was a child. By the early 1930s she was working as an orchestra singer and appearing in short films. Paramount offered her a contract in 1936 and cast her in the musical Rhythm On The Range. She quickly became a popular comedic actress and was nicknamed "The Big Mouth". In 1937 she married make-up artist Bud Westmore. They divorced the following year and she married singer David Rose. After he left her for Judy Garland Martha married Neal Lange. She costarred with Bob Hope in Give Me A Sailor and with Abbott and Costello in Keep 'Em Flying. During World War 2 she traveled all over the world entertaining soldiers with actresses Carole Landis, Martha Raye, and Kay Francis. The four women starred in the film Four Jills In A Jeep based on their overseas tour. Martha loved performing for the troops and she would continue to do it for the rest of her life. She divorced Neal in 1944 and married actor Nick Condo. They had a daughter named Melodye and stayed together for nine years. Martha was also bisexual and enjoyed affairs with many women including Joan Crawford. In 1953 Martha married Edward T. Begley.

By this time she was mainly working on television. She hosted "Four Star Revue" and starred in "The Martha Raye Show" for two seasons. Her marriage to Edward didn't last and she married Robert O'Shea in 1956. Sadly this marriage would also end just four years later. Depressed over her failed marriages she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of pills. During the Korean and Vietnam wars Martha entertained the troops and performed in countless USO shows. She was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for service to her country. Martha continued to make guest appearances on TV and starred in commercials for Polident. In 1991 she shocked her fans by marrying her seventh husband Mark Harris, a man who was openly bi-sexual and thirty-three years young than her. In her final years Martha suffered from Alzheimer's disease and lost both of her legs to poor circulation. She died from pneumonia on October 19, 1994. Martha is buried at Fort Bragg in Cumberland County, North Carolina. She left her entire estate to her husband Mark and gave nothing to her estranged daughter.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Halloween

Celebrate Halloween with some of our favorite classic actresses ....

Clara Bow                                                                 Nancy Carroll

Ava Gardner                                                                               Dorothy Lee

Marilyn Monroe                                                                                                              Betty Grable

Gwen Lee                                                                          Joan Crawford

Mary Miles Minter                                                                                     Barbara Worth