Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Portrait Gallery: The First Mr. Streisand

For no particularly good reason other than I must be on the mend, as eye candy is once again appealing, Mr. Elliott Gould, once upon a time.  I don't know about you, but I'm intrigued; say what you will, Babs has good taste in more than just music...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015


I'm just going to let dear Miss Durbin (looking uncharacteristically sultry - she is rocking that Vera West gown) sing us into the new season.  Which started, this morning, with snow.  Bother.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Fond Return

Bonus points to the clever Gentle Readers who know for 
what poem this charming illo was originally intended...

So it seems I'm getting better.  I won't say it's all been roses, but from the beginning one is told over and over again that every day brings a little improvement, and on the whole that's proving true.  The mental and physical fog that follows the sort of things I've been through is lifting, and my convalescence, as of this week, is heading in new directions.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pardon the Interruption

Sometimes life just walks up and slaps you upside the head, and if you've been wondering where I've been, that's pretty much what's happened.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Street Life

You know I'm not one for hyperbole, darlings (stop snickering), but this woman is something of a genius.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Miss and Madame

Perhaps it's just that I'm getting a little stir-crazy in this five-star gilded prison, but today I'm feeling literary.  Fortunately, there are not one but two significant moments of which to take note, and they have a certain unlikely symmetry.

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Not a Question of "If"

Awfully definite, this, don't you think?  Unnervingly, it appears in every elevator in this large hotel complex, and it's getting me down.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Friends and Acquaintances

“I looked in on Chips in London and found the Duchess of Kent, her sister Countess Toren, the reigning Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein, the Ranee of Kapurthala and the King of Egypt’s sister. It was like a stamp album."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Satay and the City

Well, I got here.  It took more than 30 hours, two flights, a bus ride across the vast and featureless expanse of Tokyo expressways that connect one airport, Narita, with another, Haneda, and finally a mad scramble through earliest-morning traffic here in Bangkok, but at length I arrived.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Goodnight, Lady

I'm in transit, but when the plane touched down in Tokyo and my phone whirred back to life, I was faced with a downpour of sorrow from Cairo, for Egyptian film lovers have lost "The Lady of the Arab Screen," the incomparable Faten Hamama.  This really is going to be a tough year for movie lovers, isn't it?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Siamese If You Don't Please

I suppose it's churlish to complain, but you see, once again my implacable overlords in the executive corridors of Golden Handcuffs Consulting Amalgamated International have spoken.  As a result, I'll be spending the upcoming festive holiday weekend trapped in the not-very-pleasant sections of a series of airplanes (not one of them BOAC, either), only to emerge sometime Monday on the far side of the earth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Yesterday, When They Were Young

A swirling combination of furs, cigarettes, cocktails, mascara, and long, searching glances - this extraordinary combination of Pre-Code clips and the music of Florence + the Machine combines as well as anything I've ever seen to answer the question:  Why does one so love film?

Sunday, January 11, 2015


2015 is really shaping up to be a bad year for legends, isn't it?  Miss Rainer would seem, as the old year passed, to have set the tone, and today we say goodbye to Miss Anita Ekberg, seen here defining "fierce" in a casual little snap by that sweet beacon of innocence and sunshine, Mr. Helmut Newton.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And Now, a Word from our Sponsor

ZaSu Pitts reminds the women of America that nothing goes better with corn flakes than the imminent threat of domestic violence accompanied by stress-induced hallucinations!

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Hitherto Unmentioned: Hail and Farewell

Now, Rod Taylor may not have been an actor for the ages, but I think we can agree that he was easy on the eyes.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Let it Go

With the latest sad news from Los Angeles, it's clear that St. Zsa Zsa is a sort of modern-day Job.  One can only hope she doesn't know.