Category Archives: Everyone Loves…
Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), born Mary Louise Brooks. She typified the Flapper era of the 1920’s but somehow managed to look completely different and modern by todays standards. She starred in just a few movies – 17 silents and 8 sound pictures, before retiring at the tender age of 32. She hated Hollywood with a passion and made her 3 most famous films in Europe; Pandora’s Box, Diary of a Lost Girl and Miss Europe, (the first 2 w/ director G.W. Pabst). She publicly danced nude, she had lesbian affairs (a one night stand w/ Greta Garbo), married a bunch of guys and made some bad decisions – what a woman!
Raquel Welch (born Jo Raquel Tejada; September 5, 1940) – Raquel first came to the attention of the public with her role in the sci-fi film The Fantastic Voyage. The next role was the big one – 1 Million Years BC. The photo of her in a doe skin bikini became the poster in every boys room and made her an instant sex symbol. She would continue to play the sex symbol but never the stupid sex kitten. She was the tough hot chick. Throughout the 60’s she would play opposite some of Hollywoods biggest leading men – James Stewart, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra – to name a few. The 70’s would find her flirting with a singing career – releasing the dance single “This Girl’s Back In Town” (to no real success).She’d also win a Golden Globe for her role in the 1974 film The 3 Musketeers. She would go on to play roles in various TV shows, throughout the decade and into the 80’s (Mork and Mindy, Seinfeld) and act on Broadway and had a show in Las Vegas. Most recently she’s been seen in the TV movie House of Versace – looking unbelievable at the age of 73.
Stella Stevens – born Estelle Caro Eggleston in 1938 in Yazoo City Mississippi, raised in Hot Coffee Miss.
A beautiful blond in the Tuesday Weld, Kim Novak, Barbra Eden mold, Stella made a name for herself, mostly as the wide eyed ingenue character. Never really breaking huge she has however managed to have a busy and varied career into the 2000’s. If you recognize her at all it’s probably from her role as Miss Purdy in that boob, Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor. She would star in a number of pictures and TV shows throughout the years, General Hospital, Sam Pekinpah’s The Ballad of Cable Houge, an Elvis movie, one of Dean Martin’s Matt Helm pictures and the 1972 version of The Posiedon Adventure, among many others. The late 70’s -2000’s as seen Stella appearing in various TV shows, from Newhart to Night Court to Magnum PI and on and on. She continues to act occasionally to this day and lives in Beverly Hills.
Françoise Madeleine Hardy ( born 17 January 1944) – Singer, actress and iconic fashion figure of 1960’s Paris. Françoise rode a wave of popularity with the French Ye-Ye style of singing, popularized by Serge Gainsbourgh, France Gall, Sylvie Vartan, et al. A rather naive pop-based confection sung, entirely in French. Ye-Ye gained some popularity throughout the world but mostly in it’s native country never breaking huge worldwide. Serge and Françoise however did have longer careers (separately) and she continues to sing and record today – and looks unbelievable nearing 70.
Having just watched David Bowie’s new video for the song “The Next Day”, starring Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard I was reminded how cool and beautiful she really is. Already a talented and award winning actress in her native France, she has since made a name for herself in the US, winning the Academy Award for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (also winning the French equivalent, The Cesar for the same role) and costarring in among others, Inception, Public Enemies and the final Batman installment The Dark Knight Rises. She continues to act, campaign for Greenpeace, occasionally sing with Scottish Band Franz Ferdinand and was recently voted the most beautiful woman in the world by Hungarian magazine Periodika (?).
Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE (born 1 May 1946) Happy Birthday! Best known for her role as the drunken fashion director, Patsy Stone in the BBC series Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley has had a long and varied career. Starting as a model in the early 60’s, she has gone on to be, among other things, a Tony Award winning actress, a voice-over artist, Bond girl, author and human rights activist. She has been awarded the title of “National Treasure of Nepal” for her human rights work for Gurka Justice Campaign and was awarded an OBE for her humanitarian work. Happy Birthday to one cool dame.