Maria Callas


 Callas herself did not like the sound of her own voice; in one of her last interviews, answering whether or not she was able to listen to her own voice, she replies,

Yes, but I don’t like it. I have to do it, but I don’t like it at all because I don’t like the kind of voice I have. I really hate listening to myself! The first time I listened to a recording of my singing was when we were recording San Giovanni Battista by Stardella in a church in Perugia in 1949. They made me listen to the tape and I cried my eyes out. I wanted to stop everything, to give up singing… Also now even though I don’t like my voice, I’ve become able to accept it and to be detached and objective about it so I can say, “Oh, that was really well sung,” or “It was nearly perfect.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PVyld0ubpo

Sasha Pivovarova as Maria Callas for Miles Aldrich:

Ann Sothern


Born Harriette Arlene Lake
January 22, 1909(1909-01-22)
Valley City, North Dakota
Died March 15, 2001 (aged 92)
Ketchum, Idaho
Spouse(s) Roger Pryor (1936-1943)
Robert Sterling (1943-1949)

Sothern was born Harriette Arlene Lake in Valley City, North Dakota, but was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she graduated from Central High School in 1927. She also attended the same school with classmate Edward Heimberger (later to become known as Eddie Albert), who was already a senior. Sothern left home very young and began her film career as an extra in the 1927 film, Broadway Nights at the age of 18. During 1929 and 1930, she appeared as a chorus girl in such films as The Show of Shows and Whoopee! (as one of the “Goldwyn Girls”). She also appeared on Broadway and had a trained voice, occasionally singing in films.

On Broadway in 1931, she had leading roles in America’s Sweetheart (135 performances in which she sang “I’ve Got Five Dollars” and “We’ll Be The Same”) and in Everybody’s Welcome (139 performances).

Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Sothern

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Ann Sothern sings “You” Never Know” :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdCeq_ichx0

Hedy Lamarr


Born  Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler
November 9, 1914(1914-11-09)
Vienna, Austria
Died January 19, 2000 (aged 85)
Orlando, Florida
Years active 1930 – 1958
Spouse(s) Fritz Mandl (1933-1937)
Gene Markey (1939-1941)
John Loder (1943-1947)
Teddy Stauffer (1951-1952)
W. Howard Lee (1953-1960)
Lewis J. Boies (1963-1965)

Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American actress and scientist. Though known primarily for her acting (she was a major MGM contract star), she also co-invented an early form of spread spectrum communications technology, a key to modern wireless communication.[1]

Did you know she was featured on this Corel Draw package? 

Read more at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr

 

Enjoy these beautiful pictures of smart and sexy Hedy Lamarr!  FeeFee

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Wild Fire Tallulah Bankhead 1902-1968


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 was an exhibitionist with a flamboyant personality

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      “my father warned me about men and booze but he never said anything about women and cocaine.”

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“(on why she called everyone “darling”) Because all my life I’ve been terrible at remembering people’s names. Once I introduced a friend of mine as ‘Martini’. Her name was actually ‘Olive’.”

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“”Codeine…bourbon…” (Tallulah Bankhead’s last words)”

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“Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don’t have time.” Bankhead

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Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited are just a few adjectives that described Tallulah Bankhead’s personality. Most people who met her never forgot her -and she made sure of that! At the age of fifteen, she stormed out of her home state of Alabama like an April tornado, determined to gain attention and recognition. She did achieve stardom working in virtually every medium – stage, screen, radio and television – but her fame was attributed more to her outrageous antics than for her work.
 

Possessed of a tremendous energy level, very few people could keep up with her. She smoked over one hundred cigarettes per day, drank gin and bourbon like they were water, and carried a suitcase-full of drugs to help her sleep, stay awake and just function in general. She reportedly engaged in hundreds of affairs with both men and women. Her biting wit, salty language and outlandish behavior – like the propensity for taking off her clothes at the drop of a hat – shocked and outraged everyone.

She was a woman of contradictions. Although her private life could be called anything but conservative, she was highly selective when she chose her professional projects. She highly respected those with common decency and old-fashioned manners, even if she didn’t particularly practice them herself. Although she could be very cruel and vindictive when crossed, there are many accounts of her kindness. Her generosity to those in need is legendary, including her love of animals and children (she was a foster parent to many underprivileged youngsters). She claimed to be broke most of her life and, indeed, spent money wildly. Secretly, however, she was a shrewd businesswoman and when she died, her estate was valued at almost $2 million.

source and more pics http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/tbintro.htm

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was named after her grandmother who was named after a waterfall-Tallulah Falls in Georgia

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“I was raped in our driveway when I was eleven. You know darling, it was a terrible experience because we had all that gravel.”

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owned her own lion- which she gave to a zoo once it got too large for her to handle.

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Audrey Hepburn official website: http://www.audreyhepburn.com/

Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston
4 May 1929(1929-05-04)
Brussels, Belgium
Died 20 January 1993 (aged 63)
Tolochenaz, Switzerland
Other name(s) Edda van Heemstra
Occupation Actress
Years active 1948–1989
Spouse(s) Mel Ferrer (1954–1968)
Andrea Dotti (1969–1982)
Domestic partner(s) Robert Wolders (1980–1993)

wikipedia profile of Audrey Hepburn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Hepburn

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 this is a video about how to style short cropped hair to look like Audrey Hepburn’s : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHbMPTqiDLg

this is a makeup tutorial on an Audrey Hepburn look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGJcqtdeOlI

Marilyn Monroe part 8 and bio


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When I was looking up Marilyn Monroe online this is what I learned about her:

Her dad died when she was very young (3 or 4 years old) in a motorcycle accident.  Her mother wasn’t mentally stable so she ended up in foster care.  She lived with over 7 families.   Marilyn Monroe was raped at around age 8 but the family didn’t believe her.  She reported that she was raped by a man named Mr. Kimmel who was an actor.  He was renting a room from the foster family at the time.  source  In her adult life she was also molested but no one believed that story either.  (Someone broke into her house and neighbors heard her screaming for help so called police).  That is just so sad to have happened even once let alone twice in her lifetime. 

Her mother had paranoid schizophrenia and depression ran in their family.

She always dreamed of being an actress even as a young child. 

“I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
Marilyn Monroe

She had a lot of compassion.  She loved babies and dogs.  She wanted to be a mother more than anything.

She had 3 failed marriages and reportedly several miscarriages. 

She trusted the wrong people and got hurt. 

She didn’t have a formal education but was intelligent.  She loved to read and was constantly trying to improve as an actress. 

She loved getting all dolled up and having her picture taken but didn’t set out to be a sex symbol.  She was kind of naive about the whole thing.  She didn’t see anything wrong with showing her body.  She thought the fans made her into the sex symbol- she didn’t.  She said, “People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.”

After a while she couldn’t get out of the sex symbol role or be considered a serious actress by the public though she had real talent.   Marilyn Monroe said, “Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don’t expect me to be serious about my work.”  She was concerend about people seeing her as a joke. 

During finanically hard times between acting jobs she posed nude for money which became a scandal. 

She said, “Everyone’s just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal, Can’t I be anything else ? Gee, how long can you be sexy?”

It is reported that one of her husband’s Joe DiMaggio was very controlling and jealous of the attention Marilyn received.  He did not want her to perform for troops in Korea and broke her thumb in a fit of rage.  The day of her death, however, they were reported to be trying to get back together.  He left roses at her grave for over 20 years. 

Here  is what some people had to say about Marilyn Monroe:

“She had a great natural dignity and was extremely intelligent. She was also exceedingly sensitive.”  ~Edith Sitwell, poet

“She saw herself drowning in Hollywood in 1955 and told her studio, ‘I’m not just wiggling my behind.’ Marilyn is not any one thing; she’s multidimensional. As an actress, she has lots of imitators- but only Marilyn survives.”  ~Eli Wallach, Marilyn’s co-star in The Misfits

 “She is a brilliant comedienne, which to me means she also is an extremely skilled actress.”  ~Sir Laurence Olivier, co-star of The Prince and the ShowgirlBus Stop role on stageBus Stop

“She was wonderful. We were taught never to clap at the Actors Studio-it was like we were in church-and it was the first time I’d ever heard applause there.”  ~Kim Stanley, the actress who originated Marilyn’s

“Marilyn is as near a genius as any actress I ever knew. She is an artist beyond artistry. She is the most completely realized and authentic film actress since Garbo. She has that same unfathomable mysteriousness. She is pure cinema.”  ~Joshua Logan, director of

“Her quality when photographed is almost of a supernatural beauty.”  ~Lee Strasberg

“Her work frightened her, and although she had undoubted talent, I think she had a subconscious resistance to the exercise of being an actress. But she was intrigued by its mystique and happy as a child when being photographed; she managed all the business of stardom with uncanny, clever, apparent ease.”  ~Sir Laurence Olivier

“I’ve learned about living from her. I took her as a serious actress even before I met her. I think she’s an adroit comedienne, but I also think she might turn into the greatest tragic actress that can be imagined.”  ~Arthur Miller, writer and husband

  

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About her death:

Before her death she had been seeing a psychiatrist and had several prescriptions.  She was being treated for borderline personality disorder and addiction to barbiturates and alcohol.  She had severe insomnia.  There are reports of her trying to commit suicide (at least 4 times) and other reports of her accidentally taking too many sleeping pills.  She had depression and anxiety. 

The cause of death on her (botched) autopsy says “probable suicide.”  Apparently she made several calls the night of her death but the phone records went missing.  There was no running water in her bathroom sink because it was being repaired.  There was no water glass to be found but many empty pill bottles.  She was seeing John F Kennedy and  there are reports that she had an illegal abortion before she died that could have been his child.  She was very hurt because she was cut off from John F. Kennedy during his election.  Some people think Robert Kennedy is the one who killed her. 

Some people think she received a barbiturate enema by her housekeeper who took care of her who had no idea it would overdose her.  The housekeeper oddly straightened up before calling the police.  Rigor mortis showed that she had been dead for several hours.  The autopsy showed that she had barbiturates metabolizing in her liver which showed that she was alive for sometime while drugged (possibly could her life have been saved?)

It was said that she was happy about her rekindling a relationship with DiMaggio but she had a lot of hurt over Kennedy and knew a lot secrets that could really ruin Kennedy.

No one really knows if she took her own life but she had apparently been troubled. 

There are a lot of “sad” quotes from her out there.  Quotes about being alone, not trusting people, trying to find herself, trying to prove herself and just wanting to feel loved.  Of course, that could be the way the media portrayed her. 

She died at the young age of 36 in 1962.  She left money for her mother who died in the 80’s.  Marilyn’s estate earns more than $1 million annually now, with most of the proceeds going to Anna Strasberg, the widow of Marilyn’s acting mentor.

I think she was a beautiful woman with a lot of ambition.  It seems she went from a troubled childhood and not feeling wanted to being wanted by everyone but for all the wrong reasons.  I think she suffered a lot because of her mental problems and the instability she had growing up.  She died too soon to realize her dreams. 

As sad as her story is, I wanted to tribute her by letting others know more about her.  It makes me look beyond the physical beauty and know there was a beautiful woman on the inside too.   She was ahead of her time in a lot of ways and not afraid to do what she wanted or had to do.  

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Candle in the Wind:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvux60fqNU8