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Aging in Place: a View-Laden Penthouse at 91 Central Park West Evokes a Colorful Past

Riding up in the elevator to 91 Central Park West’s Penthouse A, two things are likely to catch a visitor’s eye: The beautiful Art Deco scenes crafted of inlaid wood—one woman on horseback and another walking her hounds through nearby Central Park—and the fact that one of the panels is slightly marred, having lost a slender section. 462 more words

Women in Film Quote Series

“Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble.

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"Jungle Fever" by the Mills Brothers, plus Female Blackface, from the Civil War Film "Operator 13"

This video is from the 1934 Civil War film Operator 13, which features the Mills Brothers. As noted in Wikipedia, the Mills, from southwestern Ohio, were “an American jazz and pop vocal quartet of the 20th century who made more than 2,000 recordings that combined sold more than 50 million copies, and garnered at least three dozen gold records.” The Mills had phenomenal success in America and Europe, but sadly, are not well known today. 640 more words

Civil War

Jagged Sophistication: The Empress of Emotion

Hollywood, 1955

Everyone you thought dead was there.

Joan Crawford had eloped to Las Vegas with her fourth husband, Alfred Steele, but Billy Haines was having none of it. 1,033 more words

Tarnished Screen

Marion Davies: The Times We Had (with Hearst at San Simeon)


a very old


I’ve been there –

flown that.

I once lived

on the dining hall


at San Simeon.

Many banquets.

Many hang-overs. 189 more words