Monday, October 31, 2011


Cobina Wright, Jr. passed away. The Telegraph, naturally, does her far better justice than I ever could.

Cobina in a Tony Duquette designed room, which seems far too small a word.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Birthday!

To me!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Gabor, you mean!

The Christine Jorgensen Card Company...

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Sisters Bennett

I have a deep love of all things Bennett.

Saint Constance of, not only because (I think) she got the first million dollar divorce and loved to gamble (usually winning!), there was Connie's breezy comedy style-see Topper... but most of all, there is this:

The birthright of every woman.
Joan really had three careers and they're fascinating. One as a blonde, one as a hardboiled noir brunette (if you haven't seen Woman in the Window and Scarlet Street, do so!) and finally as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, matriarch on Dark Shadows, paving the way for respected actresses on daytime soaps.

Sister Barbara declined the stage and instead became a stage wife, marrying singer Morton Downey (yes, you read that right and you can figure out the rest.)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Family Albums

When I was a kid, there were two album covers that belonged to my aunt and uncle that I stared at endlessly:

Now, my aunt was a fan of HUGE hair and eyeliner herself and had her own beauty salon! It was very Lipstick Beauty Salon.

My Dad owned this album and I was fascinated by Mary Wells' hair on the back cover, which was a fabulous shade of blonde.

(Image courtesy Wah Lee via Flickr)

Look At Me.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Mrs Muddle Strikes Back!

Do you know my friend Butch Tuffington? If not, you should. He makes the wildest videos.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Ella vs Miriam

Caption: Furniture feud, June 4, 1951. Patio furniture of actress Ella Raines, which was borrowed by actress Miriam Hopkins, starting a feud between the two.

oh you want this chair, do you?

i'm the lounge queen!

Patio photo appeared originally in the LA Herald-Examiner.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Gentlemen Prefer Bronze

I've been wrist-deep in this little gem by my smut-lovin'-and I say that in the highest regard-pal Jim Linderman since it arrived a few days ago. Tackling (ahem) a sadly disregarded subject with zeal, careful history (What? SI didn't put a black model on the cover until Tyra Banks in 1996? And you thought times had changed, really.) and marvelous photography, you'll delight in this. I love Jim's books, and this one is a special treat.

Secret History of the Black Pin Up: Women of Color from Pin Up to Porn
can be previewed here.

Photo from the book and used with Jim's permission.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

What Do YOU Do After An Arrest?

Why, play gin rummy, of course!

Left to Right: 4/53/54: Melinda Short, 25, curvaceous blonde secretary, and Kim Evans, 26, brunette entertainer, play gin rummy after arrest on suspicion of whoring at 1700 West boulevard."

source: USC/Herald Examiner.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Citizen's arrest (woman kisses man against his will), 30 November 1955. Marian Kim (Defendant).
Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Brunk. Date: 1955-11-30. Assignment: Citizen's Arrest, As Woman Kisses Man Against His Consent. B31: Marian Kim, defendant".

Check my tumblr this week for other fun arrests.

Saturday, October 01, 2011