The Lovely Rita Hayworth

I was just thinking about Rita Hayworth. Did I tell you that when my mother and father first married, my mom looked like Rita. At least that's what my aunts say since I have very few photographs of my mother. Mom and dad both admired Rita so much they named me after the most beautiful woman in films.

Please enjoy a few of my favorite photographs of Rita Hayworth.

Rita Hayworth Pouring Tea
Rita Hayworth Pouring Tea

Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire in "You Were Never Lovelier" 1942
Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire in "You Were Never Lovelier" 1942

Rita Hayworth 1940
Rita Hayworth 1940

Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford on the set of "Gilda" 1946
Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford on the set of "Gilda" 1946

 Rita Hayworth checking the script between scenes of "Gilda"
Rita Hayworth checking the script between scenes of "Gilda"

Rita Hayworth Knitting
Rita Hayworth Knitting
Rita Hayworth at Dressing Table
Rita Hayworth at Dressing Table
Our tribute to Rita Hayworth can be seen HERE


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Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was born in London to American parents on this date in 1932. She was a pretty and precocious child who signed her first movie contract in 1941 and made her screen debut at age 9. Always graceful, Elizabeth Taylor quickly grew from a sensitive child star to a glamorous film actress.

In a career that spanned 70 years and over 50 films, she won two Academy Awards for Best Actress. Her first was as a call girl in "BUtterfield 8" and then as the vitriolic Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

With her 17 film credits during the 1950's, her cinema prowess, torrid love affairs, and stunning beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was the epitome of Fifties Hollywood Glamour.


Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose Designed Wedding Gown for 1950's "Father of the Bride"
Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose Designed Wedding Gown
for 1950's "Father of the Bride"
Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose Designed Suit for 1951's  "Father's Little Dividend"
Elizabeth Taylor in Helen Rose Designed Suit for
1951's  "Father's Little Dividend"
Elizabeth Taylor in Edith Head Designed Gown  for 1951's "A Place in the Sun"
Elizabeth Taylor in Edith Head Designed Gown
for 1951's "A Place in the Sun"
Elizabeth Taylor in Publicity Still for 1954's "Elephant Walk"
Elizabeth Taylor in Publicity Still for 1954's "Elephant Walk"
Elizabeth Taylor on set of 1956's "Giant"
Elizabeth Taylor on set of 1956's "Giant"
Elizabeth Taylor in 1957's "Raintree County"
Elizabeth Taylor in 1957's "Raintree County"
Elizabeth Taylor in Scene from 1958's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Elizabeth Taylor in Scene from 1958's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Elizabeth Taylor in Portrait from 1959's "Suddenly Last Summer"
Elizabeth Taylor in Portrait from 1959's "Suddenly Last Summer"

RIP Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray, America's musical theater sweetheart and the vivacious actress, singer, and dancer of film and television died at her home in Palos Verdes Estates on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was 97 years old.

Fabray began her career as a child in vaudeville and became a successful musical theater actress in the 1940's and 1950's. She played Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour from 1954 to 1957. 





In 1953, Fabray starred with Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, and Cyd Charisse in her most successful  role as Lily Marton in the musical comedy "The Band Wagon." 

"The Band Wagon" is considered one of Metro Goldwyn Mayer's finest musicals. The song "That's Entertainment" was written specifically for the film and has become an industry standard. 

The film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and has been selected for preservation in The United States Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Fabray was a frequent guest on television series and variety shows beginning in the 1950's and into the early 1990's. 

She played Grandma Katherine Romano on the sitcom "One Day at a Time" from 1975 until 1984. 

Nanette Fabray overcame significant hearing loss and was a strong advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing. She was a recipient of  The President's Distinguished Service Award and Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for her efforts on behalf of the hearing impaired. 


Cyd Charisse as Gabrielle Gerard backstage with Nanette Fabray  as Lily Marton wearing formals backstage in 1953 "The Band Wagon"
Cyd Charisse as Gabrielle Gerard backstage with Nanette Fabray
as Lily Marton in 1953 "The Band Wagon"
Turner Classic Movies Archives

Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter and Nanette Fabray as Lily Marton in 1953 "The Band Wagon"
Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter and Nanette Fabray as Lily Marton in
1953 "The Band Wagon"
Turner Classic Movies Archives

Nanette Fabray, seated at right, gagged as railroad commuters Sid Caesar, left, Carl Reiner, top, center, and Howard Morris poked their smokes in her direction while looking over her shoulder to read her newspaper, on "Caesar's Hour," April 27, 1955.
Nanette Fabray, with Sid Caesar, left, Carl Reiner, top, and Howard Morris
"Caesar's Hour," April 27, 1955. 

Filming The African Queen

British and American film "The African Queen" was released to New York City film goers on February 20, 1952. It was a critical and box office success.

Adapted from a novel written in 1935 by C. S. Forester, the film starred Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

1951 The African Queen Film Poster
1951 The African Queen Film Poster
Humphrey Bogart won his only Academy Award for his portrayal of the boozy Canadian boat captain Charlie Allnut.

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright

Born on this date in 1915, Lorne Greene is best remembered as the widowed patriarch of the Cartwright clan in Bonanza, the second longest-running series on U.S. network television. Broadcast in color, Bonanza was a Sunday night viewing mainstay from 1959 to 1973.


Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza
Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza

The show chronicles the 1860's daily life of Ben Cartwright "Pa" as he reigns over his three spirited sons, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe and their thousand acre ranch in Nevada.

Carmen Miranda Performs "Chica Chica Boom Chic"

Born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909 in Marco de Canaveses, Portugal, Carmen Miranda was a samba singer, dancer, Broadway performer, and film and television star of the 1930's through the 1950's. She was nicknamed "The Brazilian Bombshell" and known for her flamboyant personality, signature hats, and platform shoes.

Miranda's family emigrated to Brazil when Miranda was a baby. She recorded her first single in 1929 and would soon become the highest paid recording artist in Brazil at the time.

Miranda's first US contract was with Broadway producer Lee Shubert in 1939 to perform in "The Streets of Paris." Miranda made fourteen Hollywood films between the 1930's and 1950's.

Carmen Miranda died of a heart attack at age 46 on August 5, 1955.