Louise Brooks on Learning to Write

“For two extraordinary years, I have been working on it–learning to write– but mostly learning how to tell the truth. At first it is quite impossible. You make yourself better than anybody, and when you finally come to see you are “like” everybody– that is the bitterest blow of all to the ego. But in the end it is only the truth, no matter how ugly or shameful, that is right, that fits together, that makes real people, and strangely enough– beauty…”–Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks, circa 1929

The extraordinarily gifted and intelligent Louise Brooks– dancer, actor, and writer–was born on 14 November 1906. May she never be forgotten. 

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Dorothy Lamour Blogathon Starts Friday!

It’s almost here!

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Dorothy Lamour is waiting for the party to start. Image:Dorothy Lamour: Waiting for the party to start. Image: terrysmalloy.tumblr.com

Whee! The Dorothy Lamour (“Dot”) Blogathon runs this weekend, March 11-13

We, along with our co-host Front and Frock, can hardly wait to celebrate this talented actress and singer.

We’ll upload a recap of the day’s posts each evening of the blogathon. If you post later in the evening – no worries! We’ll include you in the next day’s recap.

For the full list of participants, click HERE.

See you at the Dorothy Lamour party this weekend!

Dorothy Blogathon

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Miriam Hopkins Blogathon Starts Tomorrow!

I am honored to co-host this amazing blogathon with the lovely Ruth of Silver Screenings!

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The Miriam Hopkins Party starts tomorrow! Image: RedditLet’s raise a glass to Miriam! Image: Reddit

Yay! Tomorrow the Miriam Hopkins Blogathon begins.

Miriam’s celebration is in conjunction with the launch of Font and Frock, a new website about film, fashion, [flash] fiction, and feminism. This artfully-conceived site is curated by our chic, smarty-pants co-host, Maedez, who’s also the brains behind the literary A Small Press Life.)

Click HERE for a list of blogathon participants. (If we’ve accidentally overlooked you, please let us know right away.

Every evening, from January 22-25, we’ll be uploading a recap of the day’s posts. So just let us know when your post is live, and we’ll include it in our “nightcap” (ha ha).

See you at the Miriam Hopkins bash!

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[Alternative Muses] Two for the Road: Erich Maria Remarque/Mary Astor Mashup

“Life is a disease, and death begins already at birth. Every breath, every heartbeat, is a moment of dying-a little shove toward the end.”-Erich Maria Remarque (died on 25 September 1970)

Mary Astor, Stars of the Photoplay, 1924

Stars of the Photoplay, 1924: Mary Astor (died on 25 September 1987)

Off Topic Post: Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara!

Today is the talented, gracious, lovely Maureen O’Hara’s 94th birthday. Her fabulous memoir, ‘Tis Herself, was published in 2004. (See–this is sort of book-related.) It is a must-read for any fans of Classic Hollywood.

Maureen O'Hara, 1940s

Maureen O’Hara, 1940s. She never gave a bad or false performance.

Maureen O'Hara in The Black Swan

Enchanting Irish actress Maureen O’Hara in The Black Swan, 1942.

“Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guts and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until she wins. She is loyal to her kinsmen and accepting of others. She’s not above a sock in the jaw if you have it coming. She is only on her knees before God. Yes, I am most definitely an Irishwoman.”-Maureen O’Hara, ‘Tis Herself