Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lauren Bacall

I have always loved Bogart and Bacall movies.
Mostly I like Lauren Bacall. She is just so much fun to watch.
And that Look...what can you say.
Anyhoo....after looking at some youtubes clips of her movies, I thought I would put up a little blog about her and my fave Bogart and Bacall movies.

Below I have some basic Lauren Bacall statistics.
After that I have clips from To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep and a vid of clips from various movies.

Lauren Bacall
Born: Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, New York, 16 September 1924.

Education: Attended Julia Richman High School; American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York.

Family: Married 1) the actor Humphrey Bogart, 1945 (died 1957), children: Stephen Humphrey and Leslie Howard; 2) the actor Jason Robards, 1961 (divorced 1973), son: Sam Prideaux.

Career: Began modeling, also theater-related odd jobs, early 1940s;
made New York stage debut as walk-on in Johnny Two-by-Four, 1942;
appeared on Harper's Bazaar cover and attracted attention of director Howard Hawks; signed personal contract with Hawks who changed her name to Lauren Bacall, 1943;
made film debut in Hawks's To Have and Have Not with Humphrey Bogart, 1944;
contract sold to Warners, mid-1940s;
protested against HUAC in Washington with Bogart and other celebrities, 1947;
fined and suspended by Warners for failing to accept roles, late 1940s;
had first Broadway starring role in Goodbye Charlie, 1959;
accepted periodic film roles while making highly successful Broadway appearances, from 1960s.

Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Golden Globe,
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Screen Actors Guild Award, for The Mirror Has Two Faces, 1996.

Films as Actress (that I personally care about):
1944 To Have and Have Not (Hawks) (as Marie Browning)

1946 The Big Sleep (Hawks) (as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge)

1947 The Dark Passage (Daves) (as Irene Jansen)

1948 Key Largo (Huston) (as Nora Temple)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hair!! To cut or not to cut?? Oy! What a question!!!

Yep! You guessed it. I am trying to decide whether to cut my hair.

(BY THE WAY.... NONE of these pics are ME! I just used them as examples...just wanted to mention it...back to our blog!)

I haven't really "changed" my hairstlye in ....well, apparently quite some time.
For those who do not know...and that would be most folks...I have "locs".
You know..some folks call them "dreads" or "dreadlocks" but really!
Is it just me? Or do those names sound really negative?
Anyway, I have had locs for maybe 10 years...can't remember.... and the most I have ever done to them is to cut them last winter.
They used to be down my back and now they are kinda, almost shoulder length.
Well, you have to see it.
Anyhoo, I am thinking of getting rid of the locs and going back to "twisting" my hair which is similar to locs but not as permanent.
For those not familiar with locs, the only way to get rid of them is to cut them off.
There is really no "un" locking them. So, usually that means your hair will be a mite short for awhile.
Back in the day...that would be in my late 20's early 30's I would just say..."What the hey! It's only hair. It will grow back."
But it would seem that in my 40's I have grown a little more cautious.
Sigh!!...does this mean I'm getting old???
I have some pics (you may have noticed) of women with short "natural" hair.
Natural meaning not relaxed, permed or staightened. I have nothing against any of those processes....I just don't want to do them.
Some of these pics are causing me to "flashback" to the 70's.

Hmmm...just realized I don't really have any pics of "older" 40's and above...with short natural styles.
I will have to go look.
Okay...found a few!
So, I'm thinking of doing this ....cutting my hair...this weeek.
So y'all need to opine FAST!!!!
I have included the pic of the lady with the lovely grey twists and the pic of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock, just to give you an idea of all of the natural styles out there. And cause I felt like it!
Love, Laughter, Peace and Blessings y'all!!

Shoot! Okay, since I used their pic, I figured I would end with a song from Sweet Honey. You might notice that the members are different in this vid but the music is always great. Enjoy!

Postscript......I DID IT!!! Yep! I cut my hair. It's actually not all that short but it is short enough. Presently, I am twisting it and trying to let it get a breather.
We will see what happens next!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My Favorite Relationship Song

Alright, I exaggerate, it is "one" of my fave relationship songs.
But I swear every time I hear it, I think, "Yep, that describes many a relationship, mine and others."
The standard "can't live with them, can't live without them" syndrome.

Oops! I realize I have yet to name the song.
It is "I Hate You Then I Love You". I still haven't found out who wrote this song but I know that it was around in the mid "80's because there is a youtube of Julio Iglesia and Dionne Warwick singing it. I have to say that I prefer the version sung by Celine Dion and Luciano Pavarotti.

After I put this first vid up, I noticed that someone had set scenes from Pride and Prejudice to this song and I thought, "Oh my god! This is the perfect song for that story!"

In case you don't know, and why would you, I absolutely LOVE that book!
I have read it countless times and have read the contemporary continuations of the story. Some of them are darned good!

I hope you enjoy the song and the vids! And please do watch the Pride and Prejudice vid. It is fab!
PSSSSST!!! The words to the song are to the left in a cute little scrolling box.

Celine Dion & Pavarotti - I Hate You Then I Love You

Pride & Prejudice ♥ I Hate You then I Love You