Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marlene Dietrich

Old Hollywood Beauties

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bogart Collection Thomasville

Thomasville Furniture unveils the "Bogart Collection," which captures the inimitable style of legendary film star Humphrey Bogart. 

Bogart Dining HTF Discontinued set.  $1999.00

Thomasville Bogart Collection The "Hollywood Vanity" features a rosewood finish with silver leafing.

Bogart Santana Sectional

Bogart Bar Cabinet, Thomasville

Sequel Nesting Tables Cast metal in silver lamé finish with antiqued mirror tops. 25 3/4 " high x 25" diameter. $1,199. Bogart Luxe collection. Thomasville; 800-225-0265,

Thomasville Bogart Collection Marble Top Mahogany Chest
37"w X 20"d X 28.5"h Price: $495.00

Thomasville Bogart collection end table

Holmby Hills Bunching Curio
Collection : Bogart Luxe

Even the most prestigious neighborhoods have their hierarchy, and there is no more prestigious address in the Beverly Hills/Bel-Air area of Los Angeles than Holmby Hills. The houses, located on no less than 1.5 acres, are more like estates. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart lived together like Hollywood royalty in their Holmby Hills home on Mapleton Drive.
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Stone Canyon Wall Bed (King)
Collection : Bogart Luxe

Stone Canyon is one of the streets that leads off of famed Sunset Boulevard into Bel-Air, one of the most beautiful and glamorous neighborhoods in Los Angeles. It is a narrow street that winds quietly past one of the most beautiful and classic hotels in the USA, the famed Bel-Air Hotel. The restaurant, grounds and rooms at the Bel-Air are legendary, representing classic elegance ... the sort of elegance befitting the likes of Humphrey Bogart, who lived nearby.
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Mapleton Drive Panel Headboard (King)
Collection : Bogart Luxe

It was Mapleton Drive in the much-celebrated Bel-Air section of Los Angeles that became the home of Humphrey Bogart and his young wife, Lauren Bacall. It was the ideal place for Hollywood royalty to live. Today, this street and this neighborhood are among the most prestigious and glamorous addresses
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lana Turner

Date of Birth
8 February 1921, Wallace, Idaho, USA 

Date of Death
29 June 1995, Century City, California, USA (throat cancer) 

Birth Name
Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner 

Sweater Girl 


Ronald Pellar (9 May 1969 - 26 January 1972) (divorced)
Robert P. Eaton (22 June 1965 - 1 April 1969) (divorced)
Frederick May (27 November 1960 - 15 October 1962) (divorced)
Lex Barker (8 September 1953 - 22 July 1957) (divorced)
Henry J. Topping, Jr. (26 April 1948 - 12 December 1952) (divorced)
Stephen Crane (14 March 1943 - 21 August 1944) (divorced) 1 child
Stephen Crane (17 July 1942 - 4 February 1943) (annulled)
Artie Shaw (13 February 1940 - 12 September 1940) (divorced)


According to the book "Golden Girls of MGM" by Jane Ellen Wayne, she lost her eyebrows due to the glue used to attach false ones to give her an Asian look.

In her autobiography, she stated that her true birthdate is February 8, 1921. She stated that "I am one year younger than the records show."

Fainted during her 1953 wedding to Lex Barker.

One daughter: Cheryl Crane (fathered by Steve Crane).

Billy Wilkerson of The Hollywood Reporter found her sipping a Coke in a drugstore and was so taken by her he blurted out that standard Hollywood line, "How'd you like to be in pictures?". Her first role, sure enough, had her in a tight skirt and even tighter sweater sitting at a drugstore counter.

She was set to appear in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) with James Stewart until she objected to the off-the-rack wardrobe that director Otto Preminger had selected for her. Lee Remick took over the role.

Her daughter, Cheryl Crane, wrote a book about her life with her mother, her mother's 7 husbands and numerous boyfriends and living in Hollywood. It was entitled "Detour: A Hollywood Story" and was published in 1988 (ISBN:o-380-70580-X)

Once when she was being interviewed by Hedda Hopper, Lex Barker, Lana's future husband, was in the same room. There was a large vase of flowers blocking her view of Lex, so Lana got up, walked across the room and removed them, remarking, "He's brand new and I want to look at him!"

Her auburn hair was bleached for Idiot's Delight (1939). She was withdrawn from the film, but the fact that she had become a blonde not only changed her screen image but gave her such an outgoing, swinging personality that Hollywood called her the Nightclub Queen.

She was called the Sweater Girl. Interestingly, Lana, translated into Spanish means "wool."

In the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman she was originally supposed to play the part of Ivy, the tart, and Bergman was supposed to play the innocent girl engaged to Tracy but Bergman wanted Turner's part and so the roles were switched.

Once she was forced to evacuate her apartment building when a fire broke out. Having only minutes to collect what she needed, Lana grabbed her lipstick, her eyebrow pencil and her hairdryer.

She was a true American hybrid, with a mixture of Scottish, Irish, Dutch and English ancestry.

Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"

"The Private Diary of My Life With Lana", a memoir, written by one of her closest friends, Eric Root, was published one year after her death. Root, a long time friend and hairdresser of Turner's, has a large collection of jewelry that belonged to Miss Turner. He still owns the beauty salon in Beverly Hills where Turner and many other iconic stars were clients.

Was considered for the role of Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), which was eventually given to Elizabeth Taylor.

According to Richard Burton's biography "And God Created Burton" Turner had an affair with the actor when they were filming The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) together.

In her autobiography, Turner wrote that she was had skipped a typing class at Hollywood Highschool. She went to the Top Hat Cafe, on Sunset Boulevard, and was sitting at the counter, sipping a Coke. According to the Sunset Boulevard website, Billy Wilkerson, who wrote for the Hollywood Reporter, noticed her and thought she was attractive enough to be in films. With her mother's approval, he introduced Turner to the agent, Zeppo Marx, Groucho's brother. Soon, she was put under contract to MGM.

Suffered 3 stillbirths (in 1949, 1951 and 1956) during her life as a result of having the Rh factor.

Became pregnant by her 1st husband Artie Shaw in 1940 and later her then-lover Tyrone Power in 1946; on both occasions she had abortions.

Turner's father was murdered in December 1930 after participating in an all-night crap game in San Francisco, where the family had moved.

Personal Quotes
A successful man is one who makes more money than a wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around.

The truth is, sex doesn't mean that much to me now. It never did, really. It was romance I wanted, kisses and candlelight, that sort of thing. I never did dig sex very much.


So sultry and sexy in this photograph! Plus I love this dressing table with the cherubs! Am going to go for the same look for my dressing table!

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Marilyn Monroe

Date of Birth
1 June 1926, Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Death
5 August 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA (drug overdose)

Birth Name
Norma Jeane Mortenson

The Blonde Bombshell


Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at

Arthur Miller (29 June 1956 - 20 January 1961) (divorced)
Joe DiMaggio (14 January 1954 - 27 October 1954) (divorced)
James Dougherty (19 June 1942 - 13 September 1946) (divorced)

Trade Mark
Lisp, breathless voice


Was roommates with Shelley Winters when they were both starting out in Hollywood.

She was Playboy's first "Sweetheart of the Month" in December 1953.

When she died in 1962 at age 36, she left an estate valued at $1.6 million. In her will, Monroe bequeathed 75% of that estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach, and 25% to Dr. Marianne Kris, her psychoanalyst. A trust fund provided her mother, Gladys Baker Eley, with $5,000 a year. When Dr. Kris died in 1980, she passed her 25% on to the Anna Freud Centre, a children's psychiatric institute in London. Since Strasberg's death in 1982, his 75% has been administered by his widow, Anna, and her lawyer, Irving Seidman.

The licensing of Marilyn's name and likeness, handled world-wide by Curtis Management Group, reportedly nets the Monroe estate about $2 million a year.

Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.

Appeared on the first cover of Playboy in 1953.

She was discovered dead at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, California. She had a phone in one of her hands, her body was completely nude and face down, on her bed.

When putting her imprints at Grauman's she joked that Jane Russell was best known for her large front-side and she was known for her wiggly walk, so Jane could lean over, and she could sit in it. It was only a joke, but she dotted the "I" in her name with a rhinestone, which was stolen within days.

Frequently used Nivea moisturizer.

Fearing blemishes and sweat, she washed her face fifteen times a day.

She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.

Thought the right side of her face was her "best" side.

Born on Tuesday at 9:30 AM, Pacific Standard Time, which is Los Angeles, California's time zone.

Suffered from endometriosis, a condition in which tissues of the uterus lining (endometrium) leave the uterus, attach themselves to other areas of the body, and grow, causing pain, irregular bleeding, and, in severe cases, infertility.

Wore glasses.

On Thursday, February 23rd, 1956, she obtained order from the City Court of the State of New York to legally change her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.

The first stamp released in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Friday, June 1st, 1995.

Batman writer/artist Bob Kane used Marilyn's likeness as a reference when he drew Vicki Vale.

When she wasn't acting, she preferred to wear nothing but a bathrobe and occasionally a bikini.

Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue".

In 1999, a make-up kit that she personally owned, sold for $266,500.

In 1972, actress Veronica Hamel and her husband became the new owners of Marilyn's Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were in the words of a retired Justice Department official, "standard FBI issue." This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedys and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.

Was good friends with Dorothy Dandridge and Ava Gardner when they were all young, struggling actresses in Hollywood.

When budding actresses Shelley Winters and Marilyn were roommates in the late 1940s in Hollywood, Shelley said that one day she had to step out and asked Marilyn to "wash the lettuce" for a salad they were to share for dinner. When Shelley got back to the apartment, (Marilyn was apparently new to the art of cooking) had the leaves of lettuce in a small tub of soapy water and was scrubbing them clean. She had not heard of the phrase before either, or did not know it's true meaning.

Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.

She resided at the Hollywood Roosevelt while she was breaking into the acting business.

She left Hollywood to pursue serious acting by studying under Lee Strasberg at his Actors' Studio in New York City.

In 1946, she signed her first studio contract with 20th Century Fox and dyed her hair.

She tried 9 different shades of blonde hair color before settling on platinum blonde.

Her personal library contained over 400 books on topics ranging from art to history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry, and gardening. Many of the volumes, auctioned in 1999, bore her pencil notations in the margins.

There are over 600 books written about her.

At 168, Marilyn's IQ was significantly higher than John F. Kennedy's 129. (A score of 100 is considered average and 150 to be highly gifted).

Became pregnant twice (in July 1957 and November 1958) during her marriage to Arthur Miller; on both occasions she suffered miscarriages.

Although she was an avid buyer of books and owned over 400 of them at her death, third husband Arthur Miller said, "Aside from Colette's Cheri and a few short stories, I had never known her to read anything all the way through. She felt she could get the idea of a book, and often did, in just a few pages.".

Read and wrote poetry. Her favorite poets were Walt Whitman and John Keats.

Ranked #3 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of all Time (2011).

Was close friends with singer Ella Fitzgerald and helped her rise in her musical career by arranging for her to sing in many upscale nightclubs some of which were segregated during the time of their friendship.

Monroe was a stutterer, a little known fact that was easily covered thanks to studio vocal coaches who provided her with dictation lessons.

Learned to play the guitar for her role in River of No Return (1954) and the ukulele for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959).

Personal Quotes

[on meeting Joe DiMaggio for the first time] I was surprised to be so crazy about Joe. I expected a flashy New York sports type, and instead I met this reserved guy who didn't make a pass at me right away! He treated me like something special. Joe is a very decent man, and he makes other people feel decent, too.

[on why Joe DiMaggio didn't accompany her on one of her USO tours] Joe hates crowds and glamor.

[on why her marriage to Joe DiMaggio didn't work] I didn't want to give up my career, and that's what Joe wanted me to do most of all.

[on her favorite actress] Jean Harlow was my idol.

I've been on a calendar, but never on time.

No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.

In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You're judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty.

Dogs never bite me. Just humans.

I want to grow old without face-lifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face that I have made.

[on Peter Lawford] I have a need to be frightened and nothing really in my personal relationships and dealings lately have been frightening me, except for him. I felt very uneasy at different times with him, the real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual...Peter wants to be a woman and would like to be me, I think.

[on homosexuality] No sex is wrong if there's love involved.

People always ask me if I believe diamonds are a girl's best friend. Frankly, I don't.

Marilyn was arguably as famed for her radiant Hollywood glow as she was for her flirtatious on-screen presence. However, she used an odd technique to maintain it - hormone cream. The actress would layer Active pHelityl Cream and a powder foundation on top of each other to create a radiant base that shimmered and shined on camera. The downside was that she grew a fine layer of peachy-blonde hair over her face. She was encouraged to shave it off, but refused because of the glow it gave her in photographs.

with James Dean
with Jane Russell, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)