My colorization of Betty’s gorgeous photograph, done in 2011.
This woman will be so missed. While I was never a number one fan, like for instance I am with Joan Crawford, I really really liked her, she was a talented actress, had a captivating personality, was funny and beautiful. And she was a part of the Old Hollywood, a thing that has accompanied me through various moments in my life, good and bad. That is why I hate it so much when Old Hollywood actors and actresses go, because I feel like with them, an important part of my life goes too.
people who don’t appreciate old hollywood films and old hollywood stars in general are missing out so badly like they’ll never fully understand what a cinema legend is
Pictured are: Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Russell, Veronica Lake, Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Russell (again), Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Merle Oberon.
Madge Bellamy in White Zombie, 1932.
Is there a classic movie bloopers fandom because there needs to be one
Being an actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood was not as glamorous or ideal as it seems when taking these women’s lives at face value. Sexual harassment, underpay, and overwork were the norm. Many started out in the chorus and worked their way to stardom. Some only reached that elusive fame after dozens of films, hundreds of failures. Many had to overcome the hardship and heartache broken homes, war-torn countries, or extreme poverty to become the beautiful faces onscreen that millions came to adore and idolize.
Some survived the Hollywood game, while others were used, abused, and thrown out. Some led happy lives, others didn’t. But the legacy they left on the screen has had and will continue to have an impact on the masses long after they are no longer present among us. These women created new worlds through the medium of film - their movies have provided a much desired escape for generations upon generations.
They make us smile when all we want to do is cry, they give us new perspectives on life, they inspire us to dream bigger, try harder, make a difference.
I am sad to see so many great actresses relatively forgotten, but what makes me sick is the way that so many of them are remembered: Marilyn as a slut, Katharine a bitch, Joan a monster, Audrey just a pretty face—many of these women defined by a single attribute (true or false) or single moment (real or fabricated) of their lives. None of them were perfect, everyone knows that. None of them were perfect because all of them were human. It takes a lot to be a star, yet all of them handled stardom, with all of its ups and all of its downs, with far more grace than the average human being. There’s already so much hate in this world, and I may just be speaking for myself, but these ladies have done nothing except make my life a happier existence. I love them, and I think they should, at the very least, be given the respect they deserve. Because they do deserve it. And then some.
The Studio System: The Big Five and Little Three (circa 1927 - 1954)
Setting patterns of the stars.