Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another lovely lady gone too soon...

I honored dear Carole's death on the 16th, but for some inexplicable reason...I forgot about darling Audrey's on the 20th.

If I were to write a post about how much I love her...it would go on for ever and ever! So, instead I pulled up a slide-show I made on Photobucket, a while ago.

Here it is:



I will love the darling Audrey forever!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bobby and Sandra...aww what a cute couple!

I really don't know why, but I have really been in a Darin & Dee mood lately.

Here is the separate post with all my amazing Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee photos. Well, not all. I discovered I have at least a hundred photos of Bobby and Sandra together! So, I decided to include those where they look the MOST adorable...they are seriously the most adorable couple ever!

I have ranked them, starting at least-most-adorable to most-most-adorable!

25.

From the film, "Come September"...where they met.

24.

I have absolutely no info on this picture. It has been on my computer for a zillion-billion years. But, hey it is pretty adorable.

23.

Ditto with this photo.

22.

At a film premiere.

21.

At the premiere for "Come September". Sandra is pregnant with Dodd.

20.

The expression of Bobby's face is pure Darinesque.

19.

This picture is just enchanting (you can tell I'm running out of different descriptive words...hehhehheh).

18.

They are both just adorable. Period.

17.

Charming!

16.

Another of Bobby's trademark smiles.

15.

This is from "That Funny Feeling". A movie I just love. This still from it is just hilarious!
14.

Yet another amazing shot, as they arrive at a premiere.

13.

This one is just so cute.

12.

Another beautiful photo of Sandra.

11.

I absolutely love how they both have exactly the same expression on their faces.

10.

This one I like for no apparent reason. It's just delightful (now, there's a new descriptive word).

9.

No comment. ;-D

8.

Aww...they look so happy.

7.

This was taken just after they were married.

6.

Dodd, Bobby, and Sandra at Bobby's open at the Copa.

5.

This one is so sweet. I believe it is on the set of "If A Man Answers".

4.

No comment needed.

3.

At Bobby's opening at the Copa.

2.

This is just too loverly for words!



And Number One Is......


I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this pic!



WOW, that was totally a Bobby and Sandra overload. I don't blame you if you decided to stay behind in the sea of adorableness. Only the most devoted Bobby and Sandra fans could enjoy this...LOL!

Bobby Darin

"I want to make it faster than anyone has ever made it before. I'd like to be a legend by the time I'm 25. "-Bobby Darin




"My goal is to be remembered as a human being and as a great performer."-Bobby Darin

I just ADORE Bobby Darin. He was a great artist. He wasn’t just a singer, actor, performer…he was an artist. He wrote almost all of his songs and was not afraid to take risks.

He was a man on a mission. At the age of eight he overheard the doctor tell his mom that he would not live past the age of sixteen! Needless to say he did live past sixteen, dying at the still extremely young age of thirty-seven (of heart failure). But, he sure did leave a lot behind.

Mr. Darin left behind millions of songs, classic films, record-making concerts and shows (Sammy Davis Jr. once said that Bobby was "the only person I never wanted to follow" after seeing Bobby perform in Las Vegas), and a legacy as a great human being and activist (he was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and always insisted on have having black comedians open for him; also he could often be seen in the many marches, even in the early sixties when it was still a very unpopular thing to do).

There is just something about Bobby Darin. Watching him act or listening to him sing is amazing, but it is mesmerizing to watch him perform. I am obviously far to young to have ever seen Bobby perform live, but I have seen quite a few TV specials and he was truly AMAZING!

What I think is most amazing about him was his ability to do anything really well! He could act: he was Oscar-nominated in the drama "Captain Newman M.D."; but he could do comedy just as well, if not better ("Come September" anyone?). He could perform: he did sold-out shows in Vegas...people were lined up for blocks...just to get tickets; his TV specials were also hits and he had his own show on NBC, "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company". And he could sing: he could sing anything; pop, rock, swing, folk, country, classical, and everything in between!

On a side note, Bobby is actually on my list of people who would have won American Idol in their day. And believe me not all amazing singers would have. Maybe I will post that list some day... It is truly enlightening. ;-)

Anyways, I really just wanted to do something on Bobby because I am no longer doing a "favorite singers/bands" post...because I have discovered I have far too many! He is completely under-appreciated and under-loved today, so this was my tribute...to a great human being and performer...just like he wanted be.

"It isn't true that you live only once. You only die once. You live lots of times, if you know how. " -Bobby Darin






Being mobbed by some random, hysterical fan.


Do note the properly adoring looks on all in the audience.






With his adorable, look-a-like son, Dodd (with his wife Sandra Dee).



I am going to make an entirely separate post for photos of him and Sandra Dee. Because I have so many amazing ones.

For more info on the Magnificent Mr. Darin check out IMDb, Wikipedia, or his official website.

And if you would like to listen to some of his music, visit Last.fm


Photo of the Day!


Fred Astaire

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Photo of the Day!

Since the other Photo of the Day was actually for yesterday, here is the Photo of the Day for today.


Ingrid Bergman and Jennifer Jones.
At the Oscars.

Photo of the Day!

Okay, so I was going to do this as a sidebar option, but then the picture turned out so small. So, I decided to make an entire post for it.



Sandra Dee

Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's snowing!

So, I woke up this morning (still a touch on the sick side) at about ten-thirty. And I look out...but what should I see? A blanket of fresh white snow (okay, maybe not a blanket, but at least a couple of inches).

This is rather rare for where I live in the gorgeous Northwest. We have snow of course...but not usually as much as we've been getting. As many may realize, my homeland is far more famous for its rainfall than its snowfall! Just a week ago it was raining fiercely and we had terrific flooding.

But, we definitely have been getting a lot of snow lately. I celebrated my first white Christmas in 2008. The ground on which I live celebrated their first since 1990!


Anyways, all this getting nowhere, so I shall attempt to turn it back into a vintage discussion.

I watched "Jesse James" yesterday. It was the one made in 1939 and starring Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda, as Jesse and Frank James.

It made me sad.

I would alert you to spoilers right now, but since the story of Jesse James is universally told I do not feel the need. (A.K.A. He dies in the end.) But, there may be a few small details.......

Before this movie made me sad, it made me laugh. They so successfully and completely released Jesse from any guilt...I even believed it (although I am usually quick to believe ANYTHING Tyrone Power does). It wasn't his fault...it was the big, mean railroad's fault. They blew up his mother (she actually lived longer than Jesse in real life). They lied to him. He surrendered under a promise they made to him about five years of prison at the most...he believed them...they were lying.

And to top off all my sudden anger against the railroad, who should appear? RANDOLPH SCOTT! Many people know that Randolph is my number three least favorite actor. I gag when he comes on the screen, he annoys me, and he drives me into murderous inclinations. Randolph Scott portrayed a U.S. Marshall looking for Jesse! After, he gets Jesse to surrender and then he "suddenly never knew they were lying about it" (yeah right!) he took his wife, his kid, and his house (some might interpret what happened differently...I say he was EVIL)!!!!

Nancy Kelly portrays Jesse's wife Zerelda (Zee). Creepy fact: In real life Jessie married a Zerelda Mimms. His mother (after she had remarried) was named Zerelda Simms. Methinks, that is very strange.

Anyways, this film is very fascinating. And has the fascinating Tyrone Power. A fascinating combo.

You may think you have a strong belief foundation (I thought I did), but it all comes to know avail. You WILL believe Jesse James is the biggest hero since Abraham Lincoln, after you see this film.

So, go watch it! ;-)

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm sick.......... :-(

I have been very sick this past week. I have really bad asthma and it has been pretty awful lately. Plus I have: a sore throat, a migraine-like headache, an ear-ache, been feeling faint (my eyes have zoning in and out for days...quite annoying), and on top of all that three of my teeth have began to inexplicably hurt!

Anyways, after that oh-so-lovely description of my deadly illness, I will continue on with my post.

When I am sick there are two things I want to do, watch movies and drink ice-cold juice (apple-cherry to be exact). The first day of my illness I watched "The Glass Bottom Boat" and "The Seven Year Itch" (both from the library). My family and myself have a quite extensive collection of classic DVDs, but I really wasn't feeling like watching anything from there, so I turned to the meager supply of films I had still from the library (I have been sick since Tuesday and the library wasn't open on Monday, so these DVDs are from Friday...I think).

The three film still here from the library were "Splendor In The Grass", "Mister Roberts", and "The Misfits". Not exactly the three most cheeriest films. I mean "Mister Roberts" is technically a comedy, but well...you know.

So, in my delirium I happened to glance upon a brand-new DVD just lying on my film rack. "The Complete First Season of The Big Valley". You might ask yourself, "How did she happen to get that...did she spend good money on THAT?"

The answer is no. I will try my best to reconstruct what most likely happened. My oldest brothers were Christmas shopping (at there customary time...11:00pm, Christmas Eve). They went directly to the DVD section, because frankly my family ADORES DVDs! They had gotten everyone else's Christmas present, but they still needed one for me. They randomly glance at a shelf, "Hey, this looks like it was made before 1980...let's get it for our little sister". They bring it home...wrap it in a grocery bag and place it under the tree.

Now, this is not meant to sound like I'm ungrateful, or that they aren't thoughtful! It was very sweet of them and that was duly noted by me!

Anyways, back to my delirium. (Whoa, this post is getting long...terribly sorry to anybody who is actually going to read this!)

So, I reached out and grabbed "Big Valley". Now, I am not one for soap operas and especially not soapy westerns (although, many consider "Bonanza" a western soap and I adore that, mainly because I watched reruns faithfully every weekday from the time I was five 'till about ten...when they took it off the air).

But, the moment I saw Barbara Stanwyck...I was mesmerized. She is after all, one of my absolute favorite actresses. She was nearing sixty then, but boy was she gorgeous. I mean she had snow white hair...and she was still amazingly beautiful. She walked onto the screen about ten minutes into the episode and was only on for about one minute (in that scene). She quickly sped up the lagging dialogue between Jarrod Barkley and Nick Barkley. After, she walked off screen my eyes actually tried follow her. Until I wasn't even looking at the TV anymore, but a pile of my dolls sitting next to the TV.

That's power.

Actually, it's kinda scary to think about. The fact that I'll follow Barbara Stanwyck anywhere. I don't think that's a good thing, especially not after "Double Indemnity".

I did love how in the credits, they always credited her as "Miss Barbara Stanwyck". A loverly showing of respect.

But, after a few episodes (okay, like two discs...you can't blame me...I was delirious) I ended up putting on one of my own DVDs, "Guys And Dolls".

My good old Sinatra.

Actually, this post has really nothing to do about anything...

Oh, but here is the doctor trying to take my pulse...I don't like doctors...
-Millie


Note: If there is anyone reading my blog that absolutely adores "Big Valley", please don't hold it against me...I am still rather delirious.

Great, I finally actually get a few followers, but now one of you is gonna be a huge "Big Valley" fan and...POOF...I'm back down to four followers. ;-)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Favorite Sunglasses Moments

Sometimes, I wish it was summertime, just so I could wear sunglasses. Right now where I live it is rain, rain, rain, rain (as it is most of the year).

I ADORE sunglasses, although, as I believe I have stated before I am SO mad that big ones are so popular. Because then when I wear Audreyesque shades I look like every other teenage girl trying to look cool. And I HATE that.

But, my love of them cannot be vanquished. I decided to put together a list of my favorite moments of sunglasses genius...Audrey appears several times...also, some other great moments. Most are from films (I will note which films too), but a couple are not.

These are my top 10 in order of favoritist (not a word I know...) lowest favorite to top favorite:

Honorable Mentions: To two very EVIL ladies...(In these movies):

Barbara Stanwyck in "Double Indemnity"


Gene Tierney in "Leave Her To Heaven"


10.
Audrey Hepburn in "Charade"



9.
Audrey Hepburn going to the movies with her son Sean, 1969.


8.
Carole Lombard...skeet-shooting...she is so stupendously amazingingly cool!


7.
Various Audrey shots from "Breakfast At Tiffany's"




6.
Audrey in "Charade" I have decided that these are different than the ones above, but who knows.


5.
Grace Kelly in "To Catch A Thief".




4.
Sandra Dee in "A Summer Place".


3.
Audrey Hepburn in "Two For The Road".




There is a VERY cool looking shot of Audrey, but I could only find it in a side-by side shot with Lindsay Lohan. I could not bring myself to post a pic of Lindsay on my blog (nothing against her, but she hardly can be considered a fashion icon to Audrey's caliber!). So clink on this link to take you to the pic...a very good one of Audrey!

2.
Doris Day on a random set...sorry, but I really don't have too much info about this pic, except that I ADORE it!

I LOVE the fact that she has lollipop in her mouth...it makes the picture that much more awe-inspiring.


AND THE WINNER IS.................................................................................







1.




Audrey Hepburn in "How To Steal A Million"!
I think what really clinched it for me was the hat. I know that is unfair to the other participants who had no such cool hat, but hey I COULDN'T help it! It was way TOO amazing!



Now, this is not at all a pair of sunglasses, but is this mask stunning or what?

Also, from "How To Steal A Million".

And, a few special mentions to some gentlemen that pulled off the look quite well:

James Dean.


Cary Grant in "North By Northwest".


Sorry, if some good one's got left off (this list is mainly comprised off pics I had saved in my computer). I am sure that I will probably have a "return of the sunglasses" some time soon, for all those I forgot.

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