Zorina the Ballerina

Zorina the Ballerina

Prima Ballerina: Vera Zorina Vera’s parents were both professional singers, in Norway where Vera grew up. Zorina already had show business in her blood. Soon it was realized, not only could she sing, but she was an amazing dancer. Her … Continue reading

Mabel Normand:  Vintage Vixen or Murderess Maiden?

Mabel Normand: Vintage Vixen or Murderess Maiden?

Mabel Normand began modeling for photographers at the tender age of, 15. From modeling she turned to acting on stage, then film. Mabel was a great comedienne and found her niche in slap-stick comedies, next to Charlie Chaplin. She was … Continue reading

Sultry Susan Strasberg

Sultry Susan Strasberg

Susan Strasberg might as well have started acting right out of the womb. Her parents were Lee and Paula Strasberg, the famous acting coach, duo. Susan was just a child in the midst of their rise to glory, teaching A-listers … Continue reading

A little Tuesday, for your Thursday!

A little Tuesday, for your Thursday!

Tuesday Weld started life out, tough. She was supporting her family, financially by age 3, as a baby model and child actor, in NYC. Tuesday and her mother had a tumultuous relationship, with “mama” loving and hating her young, daughter. … Continue reading

The name’s Malone, not Monroe!

The name’s Malone, not Monroe!

Dorothy Malone went to Hollywood with an RKO contract and received starlet treatment: acting, singing, dancing, diction lessons along with, and bit parts. She did well, esp with Sinatra in Step Lively . RKO somehow lost interest but, Warner’s Bros. … Continue reading

The Incomparable, Kay Francis!

The Incomparable, Kay Francis!

Kay Francis is probably one of the most fabulous, but forgotten stars of the Golden Era of Hollywood. When Kay started in “the business”, she was interested in acting and men. Her career is to die-for. Kay Francis carried the … Continue reading

Carroll Baker, in the flesh…

Carroll Baker, in the flesh…

I fell in love with Carroll Baker when she played Liz Taylor’s flirty daughter, in the epic, “Giant”, also starring Rock Hudson and James Dean (which rumors say, they had an affair!). In “Harlow”, Baker took on the task of … Continue reading

The Fabulous Angie Dickinson

The Fabulous Angie Dickinson

Angie Dickinson’s career began when she entered a 1953 beauty pageant, in North Dakota. Although, she placed second Angie caught the eye of a TV scout. After the praise from the TV man, Dickinson had her heart set on acting. … Continue reading

Shelley Winters circa 1955

Shelley Winters circa 1955

If anyone worked hard for their place in Hollywood history, it was Shelley Winters. He came from meager beginnings but, had her sights set on acting. Shelley was a Woolworth’s clerk, model, borscht belt vaudevillian and nightclub chorine, all in … Continue reading