Lauren Bacall – Sept. 16, 1924 – Aug. 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall , born Betty Joan Perske – Lauren started her career as a fashion model in her teens where she made quite a splash w/ her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair and blue-green eyes”. While working as a model, director Howard Hawk’s wife spotted her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and urged Hawks to have her take a screen test for his new film To Have and Have Not. Hawks had asked his secretary to find out more about her, but the secretary misunderstood and sent her a ticket to Hollywood for the audition. During screen tests, Bacall was nervous. To minimize her quivering, she pressed her chin against her chest and to face the camera, tilted her eyes upward. This effect became known as “The Look”, and became Bacall’s trademark. The rest is, as they say, history.

Bacall would marry her To Have and Have Not co-star, Humprey Bogart, 37 years her senior (she was 19, he 56 – way to go Bogie!), they would remain together until his death in 1957. She would star in such films as The Big Sleep, Key Largo (w/ Bogie), Dark Passage, How to Marry a Millionaire and Written on the Wind, to name just a few. She would continue to act well into the 2000’s, appearing in among other things, The Sopranos and receive an honorary Academy Award in 2009 at the age of 84. Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season of  Family Guy.

Bacall died of a stroke on August 12, 2014, at her home in The Dakota, NYC. She was 89.

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1st Husband - Humphrey Bogart

1st Husband – Humphrey Bogart

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With Humphrey

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Still cool in her late 80's

Still cool in her late 80’s

Movie Posters from Ghana part 5

As you can see by the title, I’ve posted a number of these before. These are hand painted large scale fabric posters used to promote traveling cinema throughout Ghana. The films will be shown anywhere available; a town center or on a barn wall, usually off the back of a truck. All you need is the film, a projector and a few of these beautiful posters and you’re in business. It would seem the people of Ghana go for the horror movie most of all. They’re violent, weird and beautiful. Most of the films are American with a sprinkling of home grown and Nigerian imports.

Wonderful Dog

Wondeful Dog

Terminator 3

Terminator 3

Steven Segal's Marked for Death

Steven Segal’s Marked for Death

Glitter - Starring the lovely Mariah Cary

Glitter – Starring the lovely Mariah Carey

Axe of Vengence

Axe of Vengeance

Alien Vs Predator

Alien Vs Predator

Freddy Vs Jason

Freddy Vs Jason

Friday the 13th - 7

Friday the 13th – The New Blood

Married to a Witch

Married to a Witch

Ghost - Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg

Ghost – Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg

Wicked Cannibal

Wicked Cannibal

Houseparty

House Party

Black is Black - Momma Mia 3

Black is Black – Momma Mia 3

Sleep Walkers

Sleep Walkers

Diamond Ring 2

Diamond Ring 2

Hellraiser 2

Hellraiser 2

Why Should I

Why Should I

Cocaine Wars

Cocaine Wars

 

Ladies of Burlesque – Big Hair Edition

I love these Burlesque promo photos. Great names, beautiful bodies, legs, legs, legs and in this case; big fuckin hair. I always hear from people about these posts, usually the dancers families, daughters, grand kids. Just heard from one of the 50’s biggest stars – Bambi Jones, writing about friends she danced w/ on Bourbon Street in New Orleans – great! This version isn’t about the prettiest or best known (though Tempest Storm and Blaze Star were the tops), it’s about the hair.

Rita Alexander

Rita Alexander

Paula Fontane

Paula Fontane

Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell

Sheena - The Fantastic Savage

Sheena – The Fantastic Savage

Tanya Mitzoko - The Explosive Doll

Tanya Mitzoko – The Explosive Doll

Tempest Storm

Tempest Storm

Sintana

Sintana

Natasa

Natasa

Monica Kennedy - The Sexiest of them all

Monica Kennedy – The Sexiest of them all

Linda Brigette

Linda Brigette

La Belle Violetta

La Belle Violetta

Dee Angela

Dee Angela

Candy Hart

Candy Hart

Blaze Starr - Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Blaze Starr – Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Angel Blue

Angel Blue – The Heavenly Body

Frosty Conners

Frosty Conners

Michael Alig is a free man

Michael Alig and friend James St. James (along w/ Rupaul, Amanda Lepore, et al) were part of the late 80’searly 90’s New York personalities known as The Club Kids.  The group was notable for their elaborate and outrageous costumes and rampant drug use.

Alig’s notoriety and influence grew, and at one point he was on the payrolls of several clubs owned by Peter Gatien for simply showing up with his entourage, since their behavior attracted customers. Alig and the Club Kids also began holding illegal “outlaw” parties in various public places, including a donut shop, a semi-truck trailer, and the NYC Subway. At the height of their cultural popularity, the Club Kids toured the United States and appeared on several talk shows, such as Geraldo, Phil Donahue and Joan Rivers (on Youtube and hilarious).

In 1996 Alig and his friend Robert “Freeze” Riggs murdered friend and drug dealer, Angel Melendez after an argument over a long-standing drug debt. Alig has claimed many times that he was so high that he hardly remembers the events. Yet he somehow managed to beat Angel to death with a hammer, leave him in his tub for a week then dismember him and throw his body in the Hudson river. Several months later, Melendez’s torso washed up. Alig was arrested, confessed and sentenced to 10-20 years. Alig was released after serving 17 years on May 5, 2014.

Check out Party Monster – the awful film starring Macauley Culkin, Seth Green and Marilyn Manson. Or the pretty good book, Disco Bloodbath by James St. JAmes.

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With writer Michael Musto (sunglasses) and some 'Club Kids'

With writer Michael Musto (sunglasses) and some ‘Club Kids’

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With Amanda Lepore (Armand Lepore)

With Amanda Lepore (Armand Lepore)

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Club Kids

Club Kids

Angel Melendez

Angel Melendez

Macauley Culkin

Macauley Culkin in “Party Monster”

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2013

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The Best Song. Ever. – Arguably

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night
People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t, need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine

And the answer is; Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.  Released as a single in 1967, and featured on their album Something Else by the Kinks it hit #2 in the UK and top 10 throughout most of the rest of the world. It was composed and produced by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
It tells the story of 2 lovers – Terry and Julie (thought to be Terrance Stamp and Julie Christie) be watched by the narrator/singer as they cross the river Thames

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don’t want to wander, I stay at home at night
But I don’t, feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise
Every day I look at the world from my window
Chilly chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset’s fine.

What makes it the best song. Ever. I have no idea. It’s simple. It’s beautifully sung and written. It’s perfect song. A London FM radio poll in 2004 named this the “Greatest Song About London”. It holds spot #42 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Musicians Paul Weller and Damon Albarn cite the song as their favourite of all time and music journalist Robert Christgau has called the song “the most beautiful song in the English language”.

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo underground
Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t, need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo Sunset, they are in paradise

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Terry and Julie

Terry and Julie

Waterloo Station

Waterloo Station

Waterloo Main Entrance

Waterloo Main Entrance

Waterloo Sunset

Waterloo Sunset

The Lord’s Music – Nice Hair

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The Holland Trio

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I’m Going Home … to Watch the Flowers Bloom

Benny and Nola

Benny and Nola

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The Harmonettes*  (*Bold type choice and color)

The Christ Messengers

The Christ Messengers

Sue Cole

Sue Cole w/ Teresa and Darla

Jo and Jan

Jo and Jan

The McCance Sisters

The McCance Sisters

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The Calvary-aires

Beverly

Beverly Messagee – Sweet Jesus (Indeed!)

The Revivelaires Trio

The Revivelaires Trio

The Unseen Hand

The Unseen Hand – Sharla and Tommy McNeely

Bryants

The Bryants w/ Gospel Sax

The Faith Tones

The Faith Tones

The Singing Richey Family

The Singing Richey Family

Mattie McFarrin

Mattie McFarrin

 

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