Happy Birthday to my favorite one of all: Miss Lillian Gish, the First Lady of Cinema ❤
She would have been 124 years old today.
Olive Thomas (October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920) was an American silent film actress and model.
Thomas began her career as an illustrators’ model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four-year film career. That year she also married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford.
On September 10, 1920, Thomas died of acute nephritis in Paris five days after consuming mercury bichloride. Although her death was ruled accidental, news of her hospitalization due to the poison and Thomas’ subsequent death were the subject of media speculation. Thomas’ death has been cited as one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.
So, today is the birthday of another favorite actress of mine: Mae west and I’m trying to share one of my favorite videos of her: an Interview with Dick Cavett.
I love this interview because it was actually a funny one, once, Mae made the interviewer embarrassed many times with her directs answers and I found that too funny, kind of impossible not to.
Pretty obvious Mae was the kind of lady who did what she wanted and the way she wanted in a time when not all did that, even stating that she had made a fortune out of censorship.
Wanted to spend the day watching some movies and reading more about her, but will just have time for this at night, so want to wish a happy birthday to this lady that didn’t even take too long to become one of my favorites from the Old Hollywood.
Happy Birthday, Mae! 🎂💕
Today marks 50 years of Vivien’s passing.
She’s probably most remembered due to her role in Gone with the Wind as Scarlett O’Hara, for which she won an Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London’s West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963).