Classic Hollywood/Hollywood's Golden Age(Was: The Best Of Everything)
Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:12 PM
Everyone thinks she looks great for 90.
Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:46 PM
Posted 19 December 2008 - 02:08 PM
Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:05 PM
Thanks for that link, FauxPas. Olivia had her questionnaire awhile back, so they’re even.
Very good point about "Mad Men," too. It does have elements of “The Best of Everything Meets The Sopranos.” (Although that makes the show sound more interesting than it generally is for this viewer. I’m trying to stay with it but it’s testing my patience.)
Posted 23 December 2008 - 06:23 AM
Posted 24 December 2008 - 11:49 PM
Illnesses and being bedridden are bound to cause depression, and wouldn't be cause for 'doing old age poorly', and this is the same for famous people as those who aren't. For 'retiring gracefully', Deborah Kerr and Lillian Gish did it the best I can think of.
Edited to add: And if 'retiring gracefully' does not only apply to those who become at least octogenarians, Audrey Hepburn certainly did so as gracefully as possible, working in Somalia for the UN only months before her death--and not trying to control all her publicity with contracts as are some of the current 'good works' types, which is perfectly odious.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:28 PM
The City, of course, is a spinoff of the popular MTV reality series The Hills and follows supporting "character" Whitney as she moves to New York from Los Angeles. The City also features socialite Olivia Palermo (she of Socialite Rank and Tinsley Mortimer feud fame) and Whitney's childhood friend Erin. If I had to compare the young women The City to the young women in The Best of Everything, here's how they would compare:
Whitney = Caroline (Hope Lange)
Olivia = Gregg (Suzy Parker)
Erin = April (Diane Baker)
There's no Fabian Publishing but Whitney and Olivia "work" at Diane von Furstenberg's beautiful new headquarters in Chelsea. (The interior stairs scare me!)
No redeeming artistic, intellectual or social qualities to this at all but a lot of fun to watch!!!
Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:40 PM
Posted 06 January 2009 - 05:13 AM
Posted 06 January 2009 - 12:31 PM
BTW: the late Rona Jaffe has an audio track commentary on the DVD of "The Best of Everything". She was working at a publishing house not unlike Fabian and living with her parents in Brooklyn at the time she wrote the book. She was introduced to a big shot producer who suggested she write a novel similar to "Kitty Foyle". She read the book and felt it was ridiculous and unrealistic. So she did her version of what life was like for working girls in the city.
Her book is not as melodramatic or campy as the movie with Hope Lange et al. Some of the "laugh out loud" moments in the script are the product of the screenwriters not Jaffe.
Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:55 PM
'Valley of the Dolls,' - how could we forget?
Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:25 AM
Sadly, the commentary for Valley of the Dolls isn't up to the same standard. Barbara Parkins (who played Anne Welles) is not especially illuminating -- either her memories have dimmed after 40 years or she was being deliberately circumspect about the people involved in the making of the film. Her co-commentator -- E! gossip columnist Ted Casablanca (named after a character in the film!) -- is even worse. Unfortunately, Patty Duke either couldn't or wouldn't (probably the latter) participate. Alas, with the Valley of the Dolls commentary, you'll have to plant your own tree and make it grow!
Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:51 PM
I was leafing through a book of Hurrell's photos this past weekend and I know which photos you are referring to. The photos are striking . . . without being iconic. Or, at least, iconic in the way Hurrell's photos of Joan Crawford from the same period are iconic.
I understand that Shearer didn't make a lot of great films but, then, neither did Louise Brooks. And yet, Brooks remains an icon to this day even though her career evaporated at the start of the talkie period. Fortune's fickle finger . . .
Her Wikipedia entry also states she turned down Now, Voyager and the Miriam Hopkins role in Old Acquaintance.
Posted 22 June 2010 - 08:44 PM
Brooks made a magical impression in one undisputed classic, Pandora's Box. For her, it was enough - Brooks was never a big star at any time during her active career, strange to say when today she's a legend. Shearer was a superstar in her day without great beauty or talent whose vehicles haven't aged well. She made the most of what she had, though. Whereas a good time gal like Brooks gained immortality more or less by accident. Fortune, indeed.
Thanks for reviving this thread.
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