“If you’re over 40 and you’ve never had a failure, you’ve been deprived.” Gloria Swanson

Failure. The dictionary tells us it is a lack of success, an insufficiency or  a deterioration of sorts. It is what not to become, what is subnormal, and therefore undesirable . And yet Swanson… Continue reading

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” Sophia Loren

Ah Sophia Loren. It is perhaps rather a little too easy for one such as you to say this. After all you are an international film star, a woman who Cary Grant proposed… Continue reading

“Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.” Marlene Dietrich

A secret by its very definition is that thing you do not wish to share with others so in its very telling you have opened a pandora’s box, and unleashed or released a whole new set… Continue reading

“Beware of snobbery; it is the unwelcome recognition of one’s own past failings.” Cary Grant

Well Archibald Leach few of us will ever know your fame or fortune, but we all know someone who is a snob, and in truth there may even be a little bit if… Continue reading


Gilda was released in 1946 and stars Glenn Ford as Johnny Farrell and Rita Hayworth as Gilda, two people caught up in a dangerous game involving Nazis, illegal gambling and perhaps most dangerous… Continue reading

“You wouldn’t be a bad looking dame if it wasn’t for your face.” Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow. I think many of us know of her as the original blonde bombshell, the blonde before the other famous blonde. In fact the other blonde supposedly even went blonde because she… Continue reading

“Stand still and look stupid.” Hedy Lemarr

This according to Ms Lemarr is all it takes for any one to look glamorous Now when I read this first I took a sudden dislike to Lemarr. It did seem a tad… Continue reading

“A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.” Clara Bow

Look honey I hear you. Believe me it’s hard work and, like they say, it gets darn lonely at the top. But enough about me. Today my thoughts veer towards a certain red… Continue reading

“Fashion …has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel

Once again Miz Chanel demonstrates her unnervingly intuitive understanding of fashion, that clothes are  so much more than just a shield against the elements,that they give people a way to express themselves in a manner more accessible, more democratic than… Continue reading

“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person.” MM

“They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts then they white-masked themselves by calling me lewd.” 60 years ago this week  one of Marilyn’s most famous photographs was shot. And shot… Continue reading