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This is a tribute to classic actresses, silent beauties, and forgotten starlets. We have tons of rare pictures, old Hollywood gossip, and vintage memorabilia. You will see some sexy photos and read a lot of scandalous stories because these ladies were not saints - they were legends!

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    Audiences fell in love with the onscreen duo of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Although they both married other people the two stars carried on a real life love affair for decades. Today their fans know that Jeanette and Nelson lived one of Hollywood's greatest love stories.


    Nelson and Jeanette met in 1935 when they made the musical Rose Marie

     They became one of the most popular screen teams ever


    Jeanette and Nelson fell in love but they kept it a secret to protect their images

    Their romance continued even after Jeanette married actor Gene Raymond


    Jeanette and Nelson made nine successful movies together including Maytime in 1937

    By 1957 their affair was over but they reunited to record an album of duets


    Nelson was inconsolable at Jeanette's funeral


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  • 09/09/13--00:22: Diana Lewis

  •  (September 18, 1919 – January 18, 1997)

    Diana Lewis became a popular starlet after she landed a contract with MGM in 1938. She appeared in more than a dozen films including Johnny Eager and Andy Hardy Meets Debutante. In 1940 she married her second husband actor William Powell after a three week courtship. Diana (who was nicknamed "Mousie") retired from making movies and remained happily married to William until his death. She died from pancreatic cancer in 1997 and is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.


    "My marriage means more than all the world to me - much more than a career." ~ Diana

     With William Powell








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  • 09/12/13--01:26: Screen Worn Costumes

  • Here are some screen worn costumes I have in my collection ...


    Carole Landis wore this suit in the 1944 musical Four Jills In A Jeep

    Watch a clip of Carole wearing the suit


    Carole Landis Kay Francis Celebrate Christmasby rockyandnelson 


    Linda Darnell wore this dress in the 1944 drama Centennial Summer

    Watch a clip of Linda wearing the dress



    Jeanette MacDonald wore this outfit in the 1948 musical The Sun Comes Up

    Watch a clip of Jeanette wearing the outfit





    Betty Grable wore this jacket in the 1948 musical When My Baby Smiles At Me

    Watch a clip of Betty wearing the jacket


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  • 09/14/13--22:27: Happy Birthday
  • Celebrate your birthday with out classic beauties


    Linda Darnell

     Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Jean Harlow

    Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy

     Jane Withers

    Joan Crawford


    Marilyn Monroe

    Clark Gable, Greer Garson, and Joan Blondell

    Myrna Loy

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  • 09/17/13--02:24: Happy New Year
  • Celebrate the new year with our classic beauties


     Jayne Mansfield

    Alice White

    Betty Hutton

    Ann Miller

     Mary Pickford

    Betty Grable

    Shirley Temple

    Mamie Van Doren

    Ann Miller

    Yvonne De Carlo

     Bette Davis

    Marie Wilson

    Rita Hayworth

    Ann Blyth

    Dorothy Lamour

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  • 09/25/13--21:52: Classic Autographs
  • I collect autographs from classic actresses, classic actors, and legendary
    personalities. Here are some autographs from my collection ...


    A handwritten letter from Marie Dressler

    A handwritten letter from Mary Astor

    A handwritten note from Joan Dowling

     
    An autograph from Carmen Miranda

    An autograph from Marie Prevost

    A handwritten note from Sonja Henie

    A handwritten postcard from Gloria Grahame

    An autograph from Susan Peters

    A signed check from Rosalind Russell

     A signed contract from Ann Dvorak

    A signed check from Clark Gable

    An autograph from Nelson Eddy

    An autograph from author Jacqueline Susann

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    Florence La Badie was one of the first silent screen stars. Tragically in 1917 she died after a car accident. She was buried in an unmarked grave at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Her fans are currently raising money to give Florence a headstone. You can donate at the

    Florence La Badie Memorial Fund


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  • 10/04/13--22:20: Forest Lawn's Beauties

  • These classic beauties are spending eternity at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California


     Jean Harlow's crypt in the Great Mausoleum

     Jean Harlow in the negligee she was buried in

    William Powell and Jean Harlow's mother visiting her grave in 1938

     Carole Lombard's crypt in the Great Mausoleum

    Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at Jean Harlow's funeral in 1937

    Clara Bow's crypt in the Freedom Mausoleum

    Clara Bow at her husband's funeral in 1962

     Mary Pickford's grave in the Garden of Memory

     Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers at Jeannette MacDonald's funeral in 1965

     Jeanette MacDonald's crypt in the Freedom Mausoleum

     Jeanette shortly before her death

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  • 10/08/13--21:51: Silent Stars
  • These classic beauties were Hollywood's first real stars


     Barbara La Marr was "The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful"

    Marie Prevost ended up penniless

     
    Alice White started her career as a script girl

    Carmel Myers starred in Ben Hur


    Thelma Hill was a Mack Sennett bathing beauty

     Gwen Lee got typecast as a ditzy blonde

    Olive Borden was known as "The Joy Girl"


    Janet Gaynor won the first Academy Award


    Mary Miles Minter was destroyed by scandal

     Marion Davies produced her own films

    Mary Pickford became "America's Sweetheart"

     Billie Dove retired after the silent era

     Mae Murray was "The Girl With The Bee Stinged Lips"

     Mabel Normand died young from tuberculosis


    Clara Bow was called "The It Girl"


    Hula was one of Clara Bow's biggest hits


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  • 10/11/13--23:18: Isabel Jewell

  •  (July 19, 1907 - April 5, 1972)

    Isabel Jewell was a character actress known for her blonde hair and tough-talking personality. She was usually cast in supporting roles and had a small part in Gone With The Wind. Following two failed marriages she moved to Las Vegas where she was arrested several times. Sadly in 1972 Isabel was found dead in her home from unknown causes. She was later awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


    "When I went on stage and discovered that high voices were most unusual I deliberately abandoned my low tones and made a specialty of high voiced comedy roles." ~ Isabel



    With Janet Gaynor


    Isabel (left) in Marked Woman with Bette Davis


    Isabel's autograph (from my collection)


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  • 10/13/13--00:56: Marion Davies

  • "I can't say I was ever unhappy, not at all. It was a big, gay party, every bit of it." ~ Marion

    Marion Davies was born Marion Cecelia Douras on January 3, 1897, in Brooklyn, New York. When she was a teenager Marion became a model and joined the Ziegfeld Follies. She met married billionaire William Randolph Hearst in 1916 and became his mistress. Hearst formed Cosmopolitan Pictures to produce movies for her. She starred in many successful silent films including Yolanda, Quality Street, and Show People.  Marion was a talented comedienne but her career often overshadowed by her relationship with Hearst. The couple lived in a mansion called "San Simeon" where they threw lavish parties for their celebrity friends. In 1924 Marion was involved in a scandal when producer Thomas Ince died mysteriously after attending one of her parties. Many believe that in a jealous rage Hearst had attempted to shoot Charlie Chaplin (who was having an affair with Marion) but shot Ince instead. Marion was nervous about making the transition to sound films because of a stutter but she was able to overcome this problem.



    She costarred with Clark Gable in Polly Of The Circus and with Bing Crosby in Going Hollywood. Marion desperately wanted to get married but Hearst refused to divorce his wife. There are rumors that they had a secret daughter who was raised by Marion's sister. When Hearst got into financial trouble in the 1930s Marion sold her jewelry to help him. By the age of forty she had a serious drinking problem and had put on a lot of weight. She retired from making films and took care of Hearst until his death in 1951. Despite the fact that they had lived together for more than thirty years Marion was not allowed to attend his funeral. A few months after his death she married former actor Horace G. Brown. It was an unhappy union and they separated. Marion was still a wealthy woman and she supported many children's charities. She died on September 22, 1961 from stomach cancer. Marion is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

    ~ Original biography by Elizabeth Ann 2013





    A handwritten letter (from my collection)

    Marion's statue (from my collection)

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  • 10/17/13--00:49: Tragic Suicides
  • Sadly these classic beauties all committed suicide


    Carole Landis (1919-1948) was a popular actress and pin-up girl. Depressed over a failed
    affair with actor Rex Harrison she ended her life with an overdose of secanol.




    Jeanette Loff (1906-1942) was a lovely star known for her soprano voice. Unhappy
    with her marriage and career she committed suicide by swallowing ammonia.




    Lupe Velez (1908-1944) was a dark haired beauty nicknamed "The Mexican Spitfire". When
    she became pregnant out of wedlock she killed herself with an overdose of pills.


    Florence Lawrence (1886-1938) was one of Hollywood's first real movie stars. After her
    career and looks were destroyed in a fire she ended her life by ingesting ant poison.

    Marion Aye (1903-1951) was a promising starlet who was named a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1922. 
    She suffered from psychiatric problems and died after swallowing poison in a motel room.

    Barbara Bates (1925-1969) was a promising model and starlet. Devastated by her
    husband's death she committed suicide with carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Marvel Rea (1901-1937) was one of Mack Sennett's prettiest bathing beauties. After
    surviving a brutal kidnapping she took her own life by ingesting ant poison.

    Joan Dowling (1928-1954) was a British actress who appeared in a dozen films. When
    she found out her husband was cheating she committed suicide by gas poisoning.

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  • 10/18/13--14:08: Kay Francis

  • (January 13, 1905 – August 26, 1968)

    Kay Francis was one of Hollywood's most elegant leading ladies. She began her career on Broadway and went on to star in more than sixty films. During World War 2 she entertained the troops all over the world. She never found happiness in her personal life with five failed marriages and numerous affairs with men and women. Kay passed away from breast cancer at age sixty-three. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered.


    “Beginning a new year - have a resolution to make - not to be a damn fool!" ~ Kay









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  • 10/27/13--03:24: Happy 4th Of July
  • Celebrate America's birthday with our classic beauties


    Marilyn Monroe

    Thelma Todd

    Susan Hayward and Virginia Dale

    Linda Darnell

     Rita Hayworth

    Jayne Mansfield

    Ava Gardner

    Debbie Reynolds

    Joan Crawford

    Jane Powell

    Betty Hutton

    Lana Turner

    Ann Rutherford

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  • 10/27/13--03:27: Chili Williams

  • (December 18, 1921 - October 17, 2003)

    Chili Williams was a popular pin-up known as "The Polka-Dot Girl". After a photo of her wearing a polka-dotted bikini appeared in Life magazine she received more than 100,000 fan letters. She landed a movie contract and had bit parts in movies like Having Wonderful Crime and Copacabana. Chili was involved in several scandals including being caught breaking into an ex-boyfriend's apartment. She eventually quit acting and stayed out of the spotlight until her death in 2003.


    "I run around the house in as little as possible." ~ Chili







    Chili's autograph (from my collection)


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  • 10/31/13--18:37: Blonde Bombshells
  • These classic beauties proved that blondes really do have more fun


    Platinum blonde Jean Harlow

    Bombshell Jayne Mansfield

    "The Blonde Bomber" Carole Landis

    Pin-up girl Betty Grable

    "The Polka Dot Girl" Chili Williams

    British sex symbol Diana Dors

    "The Ice-Cream Blonde" Thelma Todd

    Screen legend Marilyn Monroe

    "The Body" Marie McDonald

    Glamour girl Kim Novak

    "The Sweater Girl" Lana Turner

    1920s flapper Alice White

    Bubbly Joan Blondell

    "The Peek-A-Boo" blonde Veronica Lake

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  • 11/01/13--23:19: The Artwork of Janet Gaynor

  • When Oscar winner Janet Gaynor retired from acting she began a second career as an artist.
    Her watercolor paintings were displayed in galleries around the world. Janet said "I've never
    tried painting people. So far flowers and vegetables intrigue me more."


    Janet at her 1976 art exhibit

    An original watercolor painted by Janet (from my collection)

    A painting of flowers from Janet

    Janet and Henry Fonda at one of her exhibits

    "Roses in the Sun" painted by Janet

    "Paypaya" painted by Janet

    Janet at the peak of her fame in 1927

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  • 11/03/13--00:25: Norma Shearer Poses Nude

  • Norma Shearer was one of Hollywood's most elegant and beautiful actresses. She had a striking profile and
    the camera loved her. Early in her career she posed nude for photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston.











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  • 11/07/13--16:17: Linda Darnell In Color

  • Linda Darnell was one the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. She was even called "the girl with the
    perfect face". These rare color photos reveal her porcelain skin, dark eyes, and red lips.






    In Forever Amber


    With her husband Pev Marley



    Linda in 1961

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  • 11/10/13--05:44: Dorothy Dandridge

  • (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) 

    Dorothy Dandridge was Hollywood's first African American leading lady. She started her career as a singer and in 1955 she was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in Carmen Jones. Privately she endured two failed marriages and a ill-fated love affair with director Otto Preminger. At the young age of forty-two Dorothy passed away from a rare embolism caused by a foot injury. She was cremated and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.


    "If I were white, I could capture the world" ~ Dorothy





    With her poodle

    Dorothy's autograph (from my collection)


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