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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Coop, Clark, Claudette and Other Classic Stars Go Shushing Through the Snow in Sun Valley!

Happy Holidays, my dears! And welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Okay, kids, pull on your best winter woolies—we’re heading to chic and trendy… Idaho!  Sun Valley, to be precise. Where classic film stars showed us just how fabulous they could look in ski togs. And where some of them actually skied. No really. I have proof. …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Debuts on Broadway

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Four years before it made its way into celluloid history, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway 68 years ago this week, on December 3, 1947. Three of the four principals—Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden—followed the play to Hollywood, but Jessica Tandy lost the role of Blanche DuBois to …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: The Cuddly Side of Boris Karloff

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY, bringing you wonderful movie photos every week! Shooting the terrifying lake scene in Frankenstein was going to be emotionally fraught enough. But before filming even began, director James Whale faced another problem: Boris Karloff’s makeup required hours to apply, so he needed to be fully “monsterized” by the time …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Bette Davis’s Unrequited Love Affair—With Dogs

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! In December 1930, Bette Davis stepped off the Twentieth Century Limited and swanned into Union Station all set to conquer Hollywood, with her mother by her side and her wire-haired terrier, Boojum, in her arms. A rep from Warner Bros. was supposed to meet the happy trio, but no …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Keaton, Valentino and Nazimova, Ready for Their Arthur Rice Close-Ups

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! When you think of classic-film portraits, who pops to mind? George Hurrell, Clarence Bull, Ruth Harriett Louise? What about Arthur Rice? When it comes to recognition, Rice seems to have been left largely on the cutting-room floor. But his work was nothing short of stunning, capturing in still life …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Bette Davis Invites You (and Half of Classic Hollywood!) to the Tailwaggers Ball!

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Put on your party clothes and pile in the car, kids—we’re goin’ to a ball! Bette Davis, who famously doted on her own dogs, was also the Lifetime President of the Tailwaggers Society of Southern California. And in the summer of 1938, she threw a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel …

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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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TINTYPE TUESDAY: When Olivia Met (and Almost Married) Jimmy

You know who almost got married? Olivia de Havilland and Jimmy Stewart. Can you imagine? But when they got to the marriage license bureau, they were intercepted by the Minister of Fabulousness, who told them it would be just too much for them to join together in wedlock. Okay that’s not actually what happened. Here’s what did. In December 1939, …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Gladys Cooper Was a Pin-Up Girl — And Other Pix That May Surprise You!

Recently I came across this old British postcard, which I bought years ago, back when there were bookstores. Printed in 1910, it features Jessie Winter (as “Modesty”), Gladys Cooper (as “Beauty in Everywoman”) and Patricia Collinge (as “Youth”). Winter had only a brief film career, but Cooper, of course, went on to become everyone’s favorite battleaxe in films …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Peeking Behind the Scenes on THE LADY EVE!

When’s the last time you had this much fun at work? But then who has a boss like Preston Sturges? The set of The Lady Eve “was so ebullient that instead of going to their trailers between setups, the players relaxed in canvas chairs with their sparkling director, listening to his fascinating stories or going over their lines …

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