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She was absolutely beautiful, the most beautiful woman I had ever seen… | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Myrna Loy grew up in Los Angeles and when she was a teenager she posed for this statue outside the old Venice High School. Around the same age, she was … Continue reading

08/30/2017 · 6 Comments

Quote • BETTE DAVIS

Photo post by @toobeguiling. “Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star.” Bette Davis Source: “Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not … Continue reading

03/13/2017 · 6 Comments

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments

January 13, 1887: Some of These Days – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in Russia on January 13, 1887, “the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker immigrated to the United States as an infant and began her long career shortly … Continue reading

01/13/2017 · 6 Comments

November 2, 1887: Ode to a Nightingale – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Wild and crazy entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum was known for bringing audiences such high-brow entertainers as Tom Thumb, the Feejee Mermaid, and Zip the Pinhead. As he said, “Nobody ever lost … Continue reading

11/02/2016 · Leave a comment

Myrna Loy says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“Life, is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.” Source: Myrna Loy says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

07/01/2016 · 2 Comments

Mirth, Mayhem and Marvel: A Brief Introduction to Music Halls | Heritage Calling

‘The scent… of music halls everywhere – the scent of wood and grease-paint and spilling beer, of gas and of tobacco and of hair-oil, all combined… later I heard it … Continue reading

05/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up my white tie. Dancin’ in my tails…

I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire Source: Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up … Continue reading

05/10/2016 · 2 Comments

The Demonic Origins of Ventriloquism

It may not surprise you to know that the popular entertainment has some very dark roots… Source: The Demonic Origins of Ventriloquism

04/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, Glorious Gloria!

Photo post by @AustenAlicia. Source: Happy Birthday, Glorious Gloria!

03/27/2016 · 2 Comments

January 23, 1919: Nothing in Moderation | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

He got his first job in television by showing up for an audition wearing a barrel and shorts. From there his career took off during a ten-year period that carried … Continue reading

01/23/2016 · Leave a comment

William Shakespeare: Plans unveiled to recreate Merseyside theatre where Bard debuted iconic plays | News | Culture | The Independent

It was in Prescot, a small hilltop town near Liverpool, that scholars believe William Shakespeare may have debuted several of his most famous plays. Now plans are afoot to recreate … Continue reading

01/18/2016 · Leave a comment

January 13, 1887: Some of These Days | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in Russia on January 13, 1887, “the Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” Sophie Tucker immigrated to the United States as an infant and began her long career shortly … Continue reading

01/13/2016 · Leave a comment

Dinner For One • Freddie Frinton and May Warden

Freddie Frinton is a name to conjure with. The comedian and music hall artist was often mentioned by my parents, who frequently used him as the butt of a joke about … Continue reading

01/09/2016 · Leave a comment

“Either the camera will dance, or I will.” Fred Astaire | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

“Either the camera will dance, or I will.” Fred Astaire | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD.

12/12/2015 · Leave a comment

East End Entertainers Of 1922 | Spitalfields Life

[…] I consulted the Concert Artistes Directory of 1922 in the Bishopsgate Institute to see what local talent was on offer. Source: East End Entertainers Of 1922 | Spitalfields Life.

11/28/2015 · Leave a comment

The Lobster

This is a movie that can only make it on the indy circuit, it is so brilliantly bonkers. It stars Coin Farrell as a short-sighted David, a single man sent … Continue reading

11/25/2015 · 1 Comment

Battersea Arts Centre: a Victorian gem rising from the ashes

Originally posted on Flickering Lamps:
When stepping into the grand entrance hall of Battersea Arts Centre, it’s not obvious that only a few months ago a terrible disaster struck the…

10/25/2015 · 2 Comments

October 5, 1967: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

10/05/2015 · 2 Comments

Favorite direction, ever, “Good. Do it again, and this time make it something resembling human behavior.” David Fincher. Fabulous! Happy birthday!

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08/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Happy 108th Birthday Katharine Hepburn

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is Katharine Hepburn’s 108th birthday.  I was in New York City the Christmas before last, alone and not really sure how I should spend the day.…

05/12/2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • WASTE • Almeida Theatre • 2008

At the preview performance I saw, Samuel West’s production of Waste was unbearably DULL and SLOW. It wasn’t just me reflecting the wasteland of my own disillusioned soul. I saw two couples … Continue reading

02/21/2015 · 3 Comments

“Listen, there is no acting style. Most people just play themselves.” Myrna Loy

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02/07/2015 · Leave a comment

“I’ve been close to Bette Davis for thirty-eight years – and I have the cigarette burns to prove it.” Henry Fonda

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01/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Roll up, roll up…a visit from the Great United States Circus

Originally posted on Notes from 19th Century Birmingham:
Life in Victorian Birmingham could be a hard slog but scanning the notices in local newspapers of the day reveals a great…

01/08/2015 · Leave a comment

Top Greek Films

10/20/2014 · Leave a comment

Lots of “Firsts”

Originally posted on Bite Size Canada:
A painting of Joseph Quesnel, by Gerritt Schipper. Collection du Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On January 14, 1790, Joseph Quesnel premieres his opera Colas…

06/14/2014 · Leave a comment

Review – Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre

Originally posted on A West End Whinger:
If you feel like watching the detectives you’d better find your inner child and take it along with you. Or better yet, if…

12/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Theatre Matters

Theatre Matters. Your theatre matters. Keep Theatre alive by supporting the My Theatre Matters campaign. Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter Related articles We all need to make the case … Continue reading

04/14/2013 · Leave a comment