Saturday, 11 August 2012

I was Marlene's Double

Marlene's Body double. I can see why. She has that same way of standing. Like she's only here because she has to be.

"Actress Tala Birell was born on September 10, 1907 in Romania. She was a body double for Marlene Dietrich in many of her German films. Birell is best remembered for her film appearance in Bringing Up Baby (1938). Other notable film credits include Lets Fall in Love (1933) and Crime and Punishment (1935). She died on February 17, 1958 in Landstuhl, Germany and is buried at the Cemetery of Marquartstein in Bayern, Germany."

Thursday, 21 June 2012

More Gwili

The mourning continues.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Gwili Andre by Ernest Bachrach

Gwili is a doll. Killed herself in a fire fuelled by old movie stills after her career fizzled. Iconista mourns her. Daft cow.

Monday, 11 June 2012

A. L. Whitey Schaefer

Iconista can find no mention of this dude. His work must speak for him. Though it sings rather than speaks. This is not a prosaic man.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Muses Ain't What They Used to Be

"Anna Karina is a Danish-born, French actress who was the muse of the director, Jean-Luc Godard." 

A dull description of an essentially dull doll, but Iconista likes the idea of Anna Karina because she's so Nouvelle Vague, bless. Looks-wise, Iconista puts her in a similar category to Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn - cute. It's not a good category unless you want to get laid, or adopted. But enjoy. Three pictures were all Iconista could bear before nausea crept in. 

Iconista is willing to concede that this is probably the coolest dance scene ever.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Little and Often

A trying week for Iconista, not without its highlights although, having come within a whisker of running down a cyclist and a pedestrian in her two-seater, she has decided to dust off her chauffeur. But, before she goes to blow away his cobwebs, she'd like to share today's sweetest finds. 

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Last night, Iconista dreamt she was in love. What a strange sensation. She pities the poor mortals prey to such emotions during their waking hours. Love is best kept for dreams; though a heavenly sensation, it would be most distracting - like balancing a glass of champagne on one's head. Smoking is a far more practical solution to the internal abyss. With a cigarette in her hand, Iconista craves nothing.

Gloria Dickson ELMER FRYER 1937

Monday, 26 March 2012

Barbara Stanwyck

Babs, originally uploaded by Gary Cooper 79.
How did Iconista not spot this one in Orlando's collection before? Stumbling over pictures like this is part of the upside of dumping Facebook. Iconista has removed her Facebook blinkers, left the highway and is travelling cross-country.