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Category Archives: Gone Too Soon

TINTYPE TUESDAY: At Home (and on the Floor) with Montgomery Clift!

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! This week: a slightly early 95th-birthday tribute to Montgomery Clift. Before Stanley Kubrick began telling stories with moving pictures, he told them with still-lifes, as a $50-a-week photojournalist for Look magazine in the mid to late 1940s. Some of his early photo essays were staged (I know—you’re shocked!), but as he …

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Step into John Barrymore’s Secret Hideaway, as Magical as the Man Himself

Settle in, my dears, and prick up your ears. The tale I have to tell you may be the most John Barrymore-esque story ever. And it has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol. In 1917, the 35-year-old actor was not yet a legend but was fast on his way, relying less on his exquisite looks …

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Linda Darnell: “A Sweeter Girl Never Lived”

“At thirty-two, I can see tell-tale marks in the mirror, but the ravages of time no longer terrify me. I am told that when surface beauty is gone, the real woman emerges.” —Linda Darnell She never lived long enough for her beauty to fade. But a real woman—and a real actress—did emerge, and deserve to be …

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Carole Lombard: A Birthday Tribute

Remembering Carole Lombard on her birthday, through the eyes of some of the many who loved her: “You can trust that little screwball with your life or your hopes and your weaknesses, and she wouldn’t even know how to think about letting you down. She’s more fun than anybody, but she’ll take a poke at …

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Gail Russell: Sleep Peacefully, Angel

Thinking of Gail Russell today, on what would have been her 90th birthday. She had only 36 of them. If Marilyn Monroe was a candle in the wind, Gail Russell was a matchstick in a hailstorm. That she became an actress at all was due to a twist of fate usually found only in bad …

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