I just found out from my good friend Sarah @ HFTS
that there is a new meme in town called Alphabe - Thursday @ Jenny Matlock's
I'm a little late joining in as A was the letter of the week, last week, but better late than never is what I always think so, A is for...................Academy Awards!!
The countdown to the nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards has just 6 days to go and the Oscar
ceremony will take place on Sunday March 2nd.
So, hopefully Colorado Lady
Suzanne with have her computer back up and running in time for her very popular Vintage Thingies Thursday as I share with you some Hollywood
glamour and an intriguing tale from yesteryear.
Porgy & Bess star Pearl Bailey
A few years ago,whilst mooching around a very large Antiques Fair in Le Mans, I came across a nondescript black, plastic folder containing a number of signed black and white Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio photographs of Hollywood "Stars" from the 1940's and 50's and a handwritten notecard. I'm not a collector of Hollywood ephemera or autographs but something about the small collection and the added personal touch of the notecard "spoke" to me. After a very short haggle about the price the folder came home with me.
I did sell some of the pix on eBay shortly thereafter to a collector in New York who knew a lot more about them than I did and probably was rubbing his hands in glee at the bargain he got that day, c'est la vie.
I still have some of them and more importantly to me I have the notecard too, perhaps I'll use them in some way one day. (Mamie Jane
if you are reading this I need your creative input here!)
Lana TurnerElizabeth Taylor
The card was addressed to Dear Countess de Beauregard and signed Jean Douglas
" These pictures arrived just lately - and I only hope you hadn't given them up forever!
My husband and I were very thrilled with the entire Iata (sic) conference, and it was a very great pleasure knowing you and your husband. We're certainly looking forward to seeing you both again in the not too distant future".
My google search produced Jean Douglas - an actress working in Hollywood in the late 1920's and 30's who was credited only as "the blonde" in the Oscar nominated (Best Art Direction) 1930 movie The Vagabond King
, starring Jeanette MacDonald.
Hollywood legend, diva and my personal favourite: Miss Judy Garland.
Also included were photographs of some of Hollywood's leading men of the day: Red Skelton, Walter Pidgeon and Van Johnson.
Happy VTT everyone.