So I Wrote This Thing About Dorothy Lamour, Sexism, and Ageism! It’s Funny, Though, I Promise!

Here’s my contribution to the Dorothy Lamour Blogathon, which I hosted along with Ruth of Silver Screenings!

Enjoy (I hope!).

[Dorothy Lamour Blogathon] Welcome to the Old Stars’ Retirement Home: Murder, She Wrote Edition


Announcing…the Reel Infatuation Blogathon (and Pop Culture Platform)!

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Fictional characters. Sometimes you like them, sometimes you loathe them, and sometimes you’re half in love with them. Want to get to know someone in a hurry? Swap character crush stories; it’s the ultimate icebreaker!

Reel Infatuation is a reader participation virtual cyclopedia of character crushes. It’s a symbiotic, interactive platform built on the old-fashioned notion of give-and-take. We want to hear all about your film, television, and literary loves! Are your stories sweet, silly, embarrassing, or seemingly inexplicable? Share ’em! First crushes, old crushes, new crushes? Bring ’em on! You show us yours, and we’ll show you ours!

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Our goal is to share as many character crush stories with as many people as possible. Think of it as a continuing conversation joined by thousands of voices from around the world: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll occasionally be totally confused. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Reel Infatuation is comprised of this fabulous introductory blogathon, a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. All stories will be cross-posted in order to maximize the fun! After the (first annual) blogathon is over, we’ll keep the party going on all of the other platforms.



  • Remember: The character is the thing! We’re looking to hear all about specific character crushes, not generically dreamy performers.
  • Our main focus is cinema, but your character crushes may come from different media (television, books), any era (silents, early talkies, contemporary sources), any language, etc. Is your favourite character from a silent Italian film or a new Korean novel? Please share!
  • Duplicates and multiple entries are not only allowed, but encouraged. The more the merrier (or even The More the Merrier, co-starring multiple character crush Joel McCrea)…
  • Please post on the day of your choice!

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After signing up for the blogathon, be sure to grab a banner or two!




We (myself and my partner-in-pop-culture, Ruth* of Silver Screenings) are incredibly excited to share this project with you! If you think it sounds half as fun as we do, please spread the word! On that note…


In addition to the blogathon, you may submit your stories at any time via email, Facebook message, directly to our Facebook wall, or by tweeting! (We will take care of the cross-posting duties.) Please include the following information:

  • Your name/nickname/handle (if you’d like to remain anonymous, let us know)
  • Name of your character crush (role/actor/book character)
  • Source film/television show/book (if possible, include the year of release/air dates/publication)
  • Your story

We ask that you keep your non-Twitter/non-blogathon posts to a maximum of 300 words each. There is no cap on how many stories you may share! Keep ’em coming!

Contact info:

Help us break the Internet, and all things pop culture, by spreading the word about Reel Infatuation. Thanks for being awesome.

*Kudos to Ruth for making the beautiful blogathon banners!

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:

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!

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What Are You Reading in January?

What is on your reading list this month?

How are you approaching the new reading year? Eagerly? Obsessively? Or slowly but surely?

I recently started doing research for a book I’ll be writing later this year. A lot of my reading is geared towards that goal.

Since 1st January, I’ve finished:

  • Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee
  • The Tale of Beatrix Potter: A Biography by Margaret Lane
  • Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms by David C. Tucker
  • The Art of Asking: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
  • The 1950s Kitchen by Kathryn Ferry
  • The 1950s American Home by Diane Boucher

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr (not my normal cup of tea)
  • Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain’s Great Modern Painter by Geordie Greig
  • Coreography: A Memoir by Corey Feldman (reading it on a dare to myself…but it is actually not bad)

To be read by 31st January:

  • The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink by Pamela Katz
  • 1950s American Fashion by Jonathan Walford
  • The 1950s and 1960s (Costume and Fashion Source Books) by Anne Rooney
  • Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips by Michael G. Ankerich
  • Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s by Gerald Nachman

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.

Announcing the Dorothy Lamour Blogathon

I’m co-hosting this wonderful blogathon with Ruth of Silver Screenings! Let’s get the party started.

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The Glamorous Dorothy Lamour. Image: The glamorous Dorothy Lamour. Image:

We are so excited to announce the Dorothy Lamour Blogathon!

Wouldn’t you agree it’s time we celebrated this talented woman? Dorothy was much more than the sarong she became famous for – she was a singer, an actor, a mother and a dynamic fundraiser of American WWII war bonds.

Our fab friend Maedez at Font and Frock and A Small Press Life suggested we toast the remarkable Dorothy Lamour, and so we shall: March 11-13, 2016.

For the blogathon, you can write on any movie or subject associated with Ms Dorothy, including her film, theatre or television appearances. Duplicate topics are A-OK.

A list of Ms Dorothy’s movies can be found HERE.

You can sign up using the form below, which was designed by our smarty-pants friend Kristina at Speakeasy.

Please help yourself one the banners below to help us promote the event.

We hope to see you in March!

Here’s the roster so far. (You…

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