Monday, 25 May 2009

Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish, originally uploaded by shme.

"You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older." - Lillian Gish 

I don't know whether I love the words or the photo more.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Joan Bennett

For Orlando, of course :)

Sunday, 10 May 2009

My New Favourite Blog

Hollywood Heyday (is all that stuff authentic?) published this fascinating article: LYA DE PUTTI LONG ‘DEAD’ TO CHILDREN

Budapest, March 23
Lya de Putti, Hungarian film actress who attained world-wide fame, was “dead” to her husband and two daughters for nearly 12 years before she died in November in New York, it was revealed today.

For nearly 12 years there had been a grave in a cemetery here with a headstone bearing the inscription – “Lya de Putti – Died 1920.” But it was not until the grave was opened for the burial of their father that the actress’ two daughters, Ilona, 17, and Judith, 14, learned that the mother they had believed dead nearly all their lives really had been alive until a few months ago.

The grave was empty and the girls learned for the first time when their mother had actually died.

Former Judge Zoltan von Szepessy, first husband of the actress, committed suicide in a local hotel on March 8. Police said the motive was financial difficulties but friends insist it was grief over the death of the woman he had “buried” nearly 12 years ago.

It was learned today that when Lya de Putti left her home and children in 1920 to follow her career on stage and screen, Von Szepessy had the headstone placed in the cemetery. Thereafter he always referred to his wife in the past tense and brought up his children in the belief that their mother was deceased.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson, originally uploaded by myvintagevogue.

Thanks for uploading this, myvintagevogue. I didn't realise Gloria was a Zeigfield Girl. I can see I have MUCH to learn.