The Lovely Lina Romay

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Lina Romay was an actress and singer in the 1940s and 50s, with Columbia and MGM. Though she was born in New York, she was daughter to the Mexican Consul to New York City and was typically cast as a Latin American beauty. She sang with Xavier Cugat’s orchestra in the early 1940s. You may have seen her singing with the band in the Fred Astaire/Rita Hayworth flick You Were Never Lovelier (1942) or in Stage Door Canteen (1943). In the clip below, she could be singing about herself…

Jean Harlow – The Original Platinum Blonde

Jean Harlow was born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911. In her short life (she died at the age of 26), she became one of film history’s greatest icons, and the original blonde bombshell. She was the first movie actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine. In her 10 year acting career, she made 36 movies, including Howard Hughes Hell’s Angels (with her famous line, “Would you be shocked if I changed into something more comfortable?”), Platinum Blonde, Red Dust, The Secret Six, Wife vs. Secretary, Dinner at Eight, and Bombshell. To accompany her escalating career, in 1935 she legally changed her name to Jean Harlow, her mother’s maiden name. She was married three times, and was engaged to actor William Powell when she died of kidney failure (a result of the scarlet fever she had suffered as a child) in 1937. She is buried in the mausoleum in Forest Lawn Glendale, in Los Angeles.


Ain’t We Got Style: Vanity Fair August 2009

What a wonderful editorial in the August 2009 edition of US Vanity Fair, recreating scenes from 1930s (ie: depression era) films. The movies shown here are They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (above), and below It Happened One Night, My Man Godfrey and Paper Moon.