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

The Eclectic  Eccentric

The Eclectic Eccentric

During the first half of the twentieth century, the Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was italian heiress who lived in an eccentric and splendorous life. Her evening strolls made her quite scandalous because she was naked beneath her furs, walking around … Continue reading

Loretta Young : Mommie Dearest : Part 1

Loretta Young : Mommie Dearest : Part 1

Loretta Young, publicity photo for “Call of the Wild”. During the filming of “Call of the Wild”, Loretta Young had an affair with her co-star, Clark Gable. Gable was notorious for bedding his leading ladies and Loretta although a devout … Continue reading

June McCall

June McCall

June McCall was a sweet girl who tried to stay good, in Hollywood. The Vargas Girl, cover model told about how she was constantly on the defense, from “sleazy men on casting couches”. When she was a chorus girl, a … Continue reading

The underrated sexiness of Deborah Kerr

The underrated sexiness of Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity ”I don’t think anyone knew I could act until I put on a bathing suit,” Deborah Kerr once told Collier’s magazine. That halter top, bathing suit did turn heads and Kerr was nominated for … Continue reading

Halloween (or everyday!) Makeup Tutorial!

Halloween (or everyday!) Makeup Tutorial!

I forgot where I found this gem, bit what a great “how-to” poster! If something catches my eye, I keep it! Hey, that about sums up my love life, as well! Haha! Enjoy my vintage vixens!!

Classic Horror: Freaks, Fiends, and Scream Queens

Classic Horror: Freaks, Fiends, and Scream Queens

Margot Kidder plays Kathy Lutz, the newlywed wife of George Lutz and the mother of three children who have found they’re “dream home”, in the small, town of Amityville. In the movie, as well as in real life, The Lutz’s … Continue reading

Classic Horror: Freaks, Fiends, and Scream Queens

Classic Horror: Freaks, Fiends, and Scream Queens

NERVES OF STEELE: Barbara Steele’s porcelain skin contrasts with her raven-black, hair to create the epitome of Gothic style. Steele’s unusual beauty is what endears her to us. Her eyes are so wide, I can’t decide if they weep innocence … Continue reading

Fitzgerald’s Muse: The Real Daisy Buchanan

Happy Birthday to F. Scott Fitzgerald! Since the resurgence of Fitzgerald’s popularity, with the re-make of, “The Great Gatsby”, everyone seems to be interested in him. Always remember folks, there is usually a muse behind the man. For Scott, it was his wife, Zelda. Zelda was magnificent and troubled. The original poor, little rich girl. At the age of 8, she used to steal her parents car and go joyriding..yes, I said 8! Her life was gilded, but she was a rebel. At her debutante ball, Zelda said, “I’m so full of confetti, I could give birth to paper dolls!”…wow, right?! Zelda was popular and got away with a lot, because she came from a rich, old family. Zelda graduated high school and that’s when she met Fitzgerald, at a country club dance. She out shined every other girl, especially in his eyes. He immediately professed his love for her, but at her parents behest, agreed that he wasn’t financially stable enough to take care of her. Fitzgerald was determined to obtain money and therefore, obtain Zelda. While he was writing his first novel, he was inspired by Zelda, as the two wrote each other, constantly, falling more and more in love. (The heroine in the book is totally based on Zelda) but, like in The Great Gatsby, it’s all about the money, when it comes to being in love, with an heiress. Zelda told Fitzgerald’s friend: “If he sells the book, I’ll marry him. He is sweet.”! In March 1920, F. Scott’s first novel was published, “This Side of Paradise”, to ravishing reviews, he became an over-night, sensation! Zelda agreed to go to New York and marry him. They wed in , April 1920. Upon marrying her, Fitzgerald told reporters, “I’ve married the heroine of my stories”! While in New York, the couple were SO WILD, William Randolph Hearst hired a reporter, to follow them around, full-time! At the time, things were wonderful for, Zelda. She was still the, unruly child-woman, she was in her adolescence. Zelda was seen sneaking in the back of the kitchens at the old Waldorf, dancing on the tables, wearing the chef’s headgear, then finally falling and being escorted out by the house detectives. And lastly, plunging into The Plaza’s fountain. Zelda was by all accounts a WILDER Daisy Buchanan..in fact, when they had their daughter, at age 21, Zelda stated: “I hope she grows up to be a beautiful, little fool”…where is that line from?? Let’s all say it together…! Zelda had an affair with a French aviator, Fitzgerald unwillingly encouraged it long enough, to be inspired to write an affair scene into The Great Gatsby, then put Zelda under virtual, house arrest to rid her of the infatuation. These scenarios keep going on, throughout their marriage. Zelda throwing diamonds out of windows, throwing herself into dreams of becoming a professional, ballerina (which she was VERY good at), and throwing herself down a flight of stairs.. (Yikes!). Fitzgerald’s alcoholism increased with his accolades and the couple began to blame each other, for the bad things. Zelda grew to despise her husband. After her first breakdown, Zelda went into a sanitarium. She began writing an auto-biography, seeking an artistic identity..or ANY identity of her own. As I stated, she was still an over-indulged, woman-child and believed it, herself: “I don’t seem to know anything appropriate for a person of 30”. “Save Me the Waltz”, was published, in 1932. Scott was furious she had divulged intimate details of their personal, life in her OWN book. Scott retorted with his book about their failing marriage, “Tender is the Night”, published in, 1934. Of course, the two dueling books heavily, contrasted each other! In 1936, Scott started a relationship with Sheila Graham while trying his hand at, screenwriting and Zelda checked into a mental hospital, in Asheville, NC. Scott died in 1940. He only saw Zelda, his heroine, one last time..a year and a half, earlier. Zelda perished in a fire at a mental hospital, as she was working on her second novel. She is still considered the emblem of The Jazz Age, The Roaring 20’s, and as her husband called her: “The First American Flapper”. Yes, she was troubled and yes, she was fabulous. Zelda Fitzgerald was the inspiration for some of the best classic, most beloved, American fiction.