Hollywood actresses on….other Hollywood actresses

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Joan Crawford and Bette Davis on the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Bette Davis

I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.
Bette Davis

If only Vivien Leigh had stayed in England, that part would have been mine.
Joan Bennett (on Vivien Leigh getting the part of Scarlett O’Hara)

We all wanted to copy Vivien Leigh.
Natalie Wood

The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.
Ethel Barrymore

All quotes from brainyquote.com

Hollywood Actresses on…Aging

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Lauren Bacall receiving her lifetime achievement award

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
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Getting older forces us to face the fact that we’re only here for a finite amount of time. It’s scary but it makes you realise how important it is to live in the now. One of the things that draws me to the past is wanting to learn from people who have already lived long lives. I hope to have a long life myself! I think the following quotes show the benefit in taking life as it is, whatever age you are.

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Sophia Loren

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.

Lauren Bacall

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
Brigitte Bardot

What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
Brigitte Bardot

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
Doris Day

I wasn’t afraid of getting old, because I was never a great beauty.
Shirley MacLaine

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Lucille Ball

Dressing up is a bore. At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex, and at a certain age, I did that. But I’m past that age.
Katharine Hepburn

I do wish I could tell you my age but it’s impossible. It keeps changing all the time.
Greer Garson

So many of us start dreading age in high school and that’s a waste of a lovely life. ‘Oh… I’m 30, oh, I’m 40, oh, 50.’ Make the most of it.
Betty White

Old age is no place for sissies.
Bette Davis

All quotes from brainyquote.com

Movie Time: Anna Christie (1931) [German Version]

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Another Garbo film! This blog is turning into quite the Garbo-fest. I watched Anna Christie auf Deutsch (with English subs). There are a lot of differences between the English and German versions. All the actors apart from Greta are different in each version and the German version is more frank about Anna’s past. Also, as Raymond Daum puts it in Walking with Garbo, they “tarted her up” for the German version.

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Greta seems incredibly comfortable with the German language. I wish she’d done more German films. I don’t recall reading that she spoke German before her Hollywood days but perhaps German phonology is easier than English for the Swedish tongue.

Crazily enough, they didn’t alter any of the sets or the storyline to account for the fact that everyone is speaking German. The bathroom door reads ‘Ladies’ Entrance’ and we are supposed to believe that Anna grew up in Minnesota  Another criticism that I have is that there are a lot of bad cuts in the film and the pace is rather slow at times.

The film was adapted from a play by Eugene O’Neill, first presented in 1921. Anna’s father is an alcoholic and her mother died when she was young. She was raised with relatives on a farm but her life there was miserable and tragic. Later she becomes a prostitute and develops a hatred for men. The film starts with her meeting her father for the first time in 15 years.

Compared to Baby Face, another uncensored film that deals with promiscuity, Anna Christie is a lot more direct and realistic. Its realism is due to the fact that the emotional consequences of Anna’s rough life are dealt with and Greta acts these scenes brilliantly. Older films can feel like they are covered by a veneer that prevents any truly heavy emotion from seeping through but this film does not gloss things over.

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I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out that Greta’s hair looks awesome in this film. Soft, fluffy curls.

All in all, this film is far from perfect (certainly from a technical perspective!) but it offers a taste of realism that differs from the usual gentle Hollywood approach.

Greta Garbo and Jackie the MGM Lion

I saw this picture in a book I’m reading, Walking With Garbo. This was just one of the many photo shoots she had to do for MGM when she was starting out in Hollywood. Apparently on this one she made a bee line for the bathroom and had to be “thrust into the cage”. Poor girl.

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Nice kitty, good kitty…

This is the same lion with a trainer.

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He’s just playing!

I am never getting that close to a lion.

Hollywood Actresses on…Love

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After my Hollywood Actresses on…Marriage post I realised just how negative those quotes are. But considering how many times most of them tried and failed to make it work, I’m not surprised. I think Zsa Zsa Gabor wins with 9 times.

This time let’s talk about love.

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Ingrid Bergman

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
Audrey Hepburn

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Audrey Hepburn

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.
Loretta Young

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
Judy Garland

In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
Judy Garland

I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
Marilyn Monroe

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.
Katharine Hepburn

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
Lucille Ball

Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.
Mae West

A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love.
Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
Mae West

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
Joan Crawford

All quotes from brainyquote.com

My Ten Favourite Perfumes

After I read Jessica Cangiano’s post on her favourite scents (any scents, not perfume), it made me realise that most of my favourite smells are artificial. I enjoy the smell of some foods but mostly I go around the world being ambivalent to smells or even slightly disgusted or displeased by them (For some reason the smell of certain foods makes me feel sick in the morning, for example. I’m weird!)

Perfumes are a different matter. I have so many perfumes that I’ve loved over the years. I love perfume samples and walking around spraying tester bottles at department stores. I love that perfume gives me a feeling of luxury, even if said perfume came from a tiny sample bottle and I’m wearing old sweatpants and a hoodie. I used to save my perfumes for ‘special occasions’ but lately I’ve been wearing them almost everyday. Perfume is not like clothes, perfume I really only wear for my own pleasure. I wear perfume so I can sniff a pleasant smell the whole day through, and why not have that enjoyment everyday!

So here’s my ten favourite perfumes (not in any order).

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

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At first I didn’t like this perfume. It gave me a ‘meh’ reaction but it grew on me in time. I’ve heard it being described as the younger version of Chanel No 5 but I’ve never smelt No 5 so I’m not sure. It’s definitely a mature and sophisticated scent.

Thierry Mugler Angel

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I actually didn’t like this one either at first. It’s very strong so use it sparingly. It’s got kind of an exotic smell and it’s also very sweet yet musky smelling. I think I need to start using crazy visuals to describe these perfumes. It’s the only way! This one smells like I would imagine the hair of Jasmine from Aladdin to smell.

Thierry Mugler Innocent

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To me this is like the baby sister of Angel. She’s less Jasmine and more ‘girl in a meadow with flowers’. It’s a lot lighter than Angel but still reminds me of it. It’s definitely more of an everyday scent. The bottle is quite boring though in my opinion.

DKNY Be Delicious

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My favourite fruit is green apples so I really like this perfume. I love the bottle, with its apple shape and the scent is so light and unassuming that you can safely splash it on. I do find that it wears off half way through the day though. It’s a girl-next-door kind of scent.

Versace Versus

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My boyfriend’s mother has this perfume and whenever she wears it, I follow her around sniffing her. A perfect choice if you want to attract a cult following. ;)

Thierry Mugler Alien

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This has been one of my favourites for years. One, the bottle is beautiful, two, it’s purple, three, it’s called Alien and basically made for any girl who feels odd in an awesome David Bowie kind of way, four it smells gorgeous. It’s not a super feminine smell but it does have a tinge of musky sweetness. Out of all the perfumes on here, it’s the one that I really think is ‘me’.

Vera Wang Princess

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This is like a girlier version of Alien. I considered buying a bottle before I settled on Alien. It’s more floral and less heavy. What other image can it bring in my mind than a princess? Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday or Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries.

Cacharel Amor Amor

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It’s floral, slightly fruity and a little bit spicy. I really think of fruit when I think of this smell. I’m not sure if that’s a totally accurate association but that’s what I get! I also think of a cool Parisian woman.

J Lo Glow

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The only celebrity scent on my list. This was the first perfume I ever owned. I liked it because it was light and fresh but feminine. I think it’s a great perfume for teenagers because it’s a gentle smell that won’t overpower your classmates.

Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle

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SEDUCTIVE is the word and I think that’s exactly what they were going for. I associate it with a barefoot Brigitte Bardot. It’s a delicious scent. A balance of sweet and musk and very rich.

In honour of Putin’s visit to The Netherlands tomorrow

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