Daniel's Critical Corner

April 18, 2011

Daniel’s Critical Corner: Alive and Kicking*

Filed under: Film — Daniel @ 2:00 pm
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No, We Didn’t Start The Fire…  We Invented It.

 Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Today’s Status Report: Alive and Kicking*

* Probably just an involuntary reflex.

Since the recent tragic passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, I have been in a bit
of a funk.  She was an incredible actress, adored by the entire world…  Every
movie she starred in captivated us all.  Men desired her, and women tried to
emulate her unique style.  Heck, women desired her too (they were known as
Lizbians) !

Yes, we have lost many notable folks over the past few years.  Which might
explain why several news agencies (incorrectly) claimed that Taylor was the
very last big actress from Hollywood’s “Golden Age”.  Upon hearing this, film
historians everywhere had a total hissy fit.

There are plenty of grand gals that still walk among us.  Well…  Some of ’em
find themselves being pushed among us in wheelchairs, or scooting forward
in Hoverounds.  Mind you, they breathe the same air as you and I…  OK, so
half of their air actually comes from a canister of some sort.  No worries !

The important thing is they are around.  Let’s no longer lament over Liz, but
let us love these legendary leading ladies !!!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Look…  I Finally Changed My Profile Pic !

^ Luise Rainer ~ Age: 101

* The very first person to win back-to-back Oscars
(Best Actress, 1936 and 1937).

* Oldest living Academy Award recipient.

* The always beautiful Luise recently did an interview
saying she loved “The King’s Speech”…  I hope her hearing
aide was on !

Starred in: “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936)
“The Good Earth” (1937)
“Dramatic School” (1938)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Who Just Called Me A Stewardess ?

^ Lauren Bacall ~ Age: 86

* She was married to screen legend Humphrey Bogart.

* Last surviving actress mentioned in Madonna’s 1990
hit song “Vogue”.

* Has a new film coming out later this year (“Carmel”).

Starred in:  “The Big Sleep” (1946)
“Key Largo” (1948)
“Misery” (1990)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Ouch…  I Bwoke A Toof !

^ Shirley Temple ~ Age: 83

* Yes, Shirley Temple is still alive !

* United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989.

* If a drink were named after her now, it would have to be
something along the lines of “Ensure”.

Starred in: “Bright Eyes” (1934)
“Curly Top” (1935)
“Since You Went Away” (1944)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Such A Gorgeous Day !

^ Doris Day ~ Age: 88

* Top-ranking female box office star of all time.

* Notable animal rights advocate.

* She just opened a horse sanctuary in Texas.  Rumor has it
that Daniel Radcliffe has been banned from the grounds for
undisclosed reasons.

Starred in: “Romance on the High Seas” (1948)
“The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956)
“Pillow Talk” (1959)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

What’s Keeping My Flower On ?

^ Maureen O’Hara ~ Age: 90

* Irish American Actress.

* One of John Wayne’s best friends.

* Played in a 1942 flick called “The Black Swan”.  When
she went to watch what she thought was a 2010 remake of
her film, she almost had a heart attack !

Starred in: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939)
“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
“The Quiet Man” (1952)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I Do Have A Checkered Past.

^ Barbara Kent ~ Age: 104

* One of our last living silent film stars.

* She refuses to give interviews.  When asked why, she just
pouts her lips (whilst blinking rapidly).

Starred in: “Flesh and the Devil” (1926)
“No Man’s Law” (1927)
“Oliver Twist” (1933)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Yes, I Am Seeing Your Hairdresser !

^ Olivia de Havilland ~ Age: 94

* Born in Tokyo, Japan.

* Had a crush on frequent co-star Errol Flynn.

* Whenever she passes gas, people shout out “Another one,
gone with the wind” !!!

Starred in: “Gone With the Wind” (1939)
“The Snake Pit” (1948)
“Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Yikes !  What Is That On Your Head ?

^ Joan Fontaine ~ Age: 93

* Olivia de Havilland’s sister.

* Joan hates Olivia (and Olivia hates Joan).

* When Joan filmed “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” in
1961,  Olivia wanted her to stay there.

Starred in: “The Women” (1939)
“Rebecca” (1940)
“Suspicion” (1941)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

There you have it, eight Greats not yet at the Pearly Gates !  I could have
added several more (such as Esther Williams or Deanna Durbin) but then my
posting would’ve gone on forever…  As I hope all of these ladies do !!!

~

4 Comments »

  1. This is a Most Excellent Post Daniel! I know you are always comical but these ladies have always been fabulous! I am not unhappy to hear you say you could go on and on..!!! we loose them so fast and it hurts even though we know them not as personal friends.. thanks for the post!

    Comment by deslily — April 19, 2011 @ 5:57 am | Reply

  2. Thanks Pat !!! This was really fun to write :-). I always enjoy your posts on the stars of yesteryear as well !!!

    Comment by Daniel — April 19, 2011 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  3. You had me at lizbians! I don’t know why they would deny harry potter to see horses! He’s good to elves. And one last thing I thought while I read this….. out of all these people, all these movies, I was only alive for ONE. Makes me feel young.

    Comment by Vanessa — May 4, 2011 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  4. Update: Now he can’t even visit the elves! LOL !

    Comment by Daniel — May 13, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply


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