A gentle reader - yes, that's you, Larry! - perhaps inspired by our several posts recently on Mistaken Identities, has queried whether the Avatar I've chosen in lieu of a more representative likeness (who these days might best be Sebastian Cabot, or perhaps late-middle period Orson Welles) is in fact the lovely and talented Miss Mary Astor.
To which I can only reply:
No! It is, of course, a headshot of Miss Kay Francis, of blessed memory. The Divine Kay is seen here in one of her triumphs, Mandalay, in which she played the Fallen Woman known as Spot White.
Now, don't get me wrong - Miss Astor, in her way, is quite wonderful, and at least our GR didn't mistake me for Loretta Young. There would have been no dealing with me in that awful eventuality. No, it's just that, for me, Kay is the star who most inspires. Can you imagine Mary Astor in that getup?