Category Archives: Leading ladies

Lauren Bacall: a touch of class

She was named ‘The Look’ after To Have and Have Not (1944), her debut film: she was so overawed during the tests that in order to minimize her quivering she pressed her chin against her chest and she faced the … Read More

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Natalie Wood: Russian beauty

She was very beautiful. She was Russian after all, born Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko to Russian immigrant parents and she never liked the name Natalie Wood the RKO studio chose for her. Her wedding gown for her marriage to Richard Gregson, … Read More

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The song of Marlene

In remembrance of someone I miss terribly. Have a beautiful weekend! images: Marlene Dietrich in stills from the movie The Song of Songs (1933), from the photo gallery discovered in the special features on the dvd

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Catherine Deneuve: French finesse

The leading lady of French cinema for decades now, Catherine Deneuve has also been a model and one of the most enduring style icons. A style icon who says she “doesn’t dress for style”, but rather “to be dressed”. Isn’t this attitude one of the … Read More

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Penélope Cruz: overwhelming

“The true princess of Spain is Penélope,” Pedro Almodóvar said in 2001, “much more so than the king’s daughter.”  Penélope Cruz is his muse. Why it took me so long to finally see Volver I can’t really tell. But the fact is … Read More

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