The Lost Art of Being a Dame

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Bring Back the Dame!

Check it out! I couldn’t have put it better than E.A. Hanks in her piece in Time Magazine — Enough With the Kooky Ingenues — Bring Back the Dame!

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Guest Post: Ava Gardner and Me

By Guest blogger Deborah Ingles Schwalbach Met Deb, 65-years-old and still getting all hot and bothered (but mostly hot) when she discovers a classic film she haven’t seen before. Like me, she grew up...

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I Was Totally Wrong About Teresa Wright!

I always thought Teresa Wright was talented and sweet, but kind of an ineffectual limp noodle. She plays the good girl well, and I guess that was my problem.  Sure, her screen characters had...

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Flea-Smitten

The thing about hearts that love a lot, they just keep breaking. And this time it’s the ease and energy with which I love a lot of stuff a lot – weird, wonderful stuff...

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Mary Astor and Her Dirty Diary

I learned about blow jobs from Charlie Chaplin. (Yes, that Charlie Chaplin.) I was about 12 and with my babysitting earnings I bought the book Hollywood Babylon. As a passionate old movie fan, and...

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Sippie Wallace: A Mighty Tight Woman

According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, “there are no second acts in American lives.”  Clearly, F. didn’t know f—, and he certainly didn’t know 1920s Blues singer and writer, “Sippie” Wallace. Like the more well-known...

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Unplanned Parrothood

You never think it’ll be you. After all, you seem sane (publicly). You think you’re pretty cool (privately).  But then, one day you wake up and somehow, it’s happened. There’s no use denying it....