Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Famous Actresses and Actors...

Louise Brooks...

Mary Louise Brooks was born 14 November, 1906 and died 8 August 1985. She is known as her stage name, which was Louise Brooks and she was a well-known and well recognisable American dancer and actress and she was noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut. She is most famous and noticed for being the lead in the films Pandora’s Box in 1929, Diary of a lost girl in 1929 and Prix de beaute – Miss Europe in 1930. 

She made her screen debut in the silent film The Street of forgotten men in 1925 and then was soon playing the lead in more silent films, comedies and flapper films. By this time she was well and truly mixing with the rich and famous, which made her career blossom even more as well as her name and reputation. Her distinctive bob haircut, which became very popular and is still recognised today, which has helped start a trend as many women styled their hair in imitation of her and fellow film star Colleen Moore.
She is quite famous for this quote:

"I found that the only well-paying career open to me, as an unsuccessful actress of thirty-six, was that of a call girl...and (I) began to flirt with the fancies related to little bottles filled with yellow sleeping pills." 12/1/13

Ginger Rodgers...

Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath on the 16 July 1911 and died 25 April 1995. She was a famous American actress, dancer and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century. During her very successful career she made 73 films and was best known for pairing with Fred Astaire’s romantic interest as well as completing many successful films with him as they worked well together and had a strong relationship. He was her dancing partner in a series of ten Hollywood musical films

Her career began when she entered and won a Charleston dance contest which allowed her to tour for six months, at one point in 1926 performing at an 18-month-old theater called The Craterian in Medford, Oregon.
At 17, Rogers married Jack Culpepper, a singer/dancer/comedian/recording artist of the day who worked under the name Jack Pepper. They formed a double act known as "Ginger and Pepper". The marriage was over within months, and she went back to touring with her mother. When the tour got to New York City, she stayed, getting radio singing jobs and then her Broadway theater debut in a musical called Top Speed, which opened on Christmas Day, 1929. 12/1/13

Fred Astaire...

Fred Astaire was born Frederick Austerlitz on 10 May 1899 and died 22 June 1987. He was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. He made 31 musical films and was in his chosen career for 76 years. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films.
Gene Kelly was another innovator in filmed dance, said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire" and beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence.
His career was seen sometimes as trying to compete with his sister Adele Astaire as she had a tendency to outshine him in some films but his partnership with Ginger Rodgers gave him an even more successful career along choreography.

He is famous for this quote:

‘For maybe a couple of days we wouldn't get anywhere—just stand in front of the mirror and fool around... Then suddenly I'd get an idea or one of them would get an idea... So then we'd get started... You might get practically the whole idea of the routine done that day, but then you'd work on it, edit it, scramble it, and so forth. It might take sometimes as long as two, three weeks to get something going.’ 12/1/13

Louise Brooks by Barry Paris 1 Oct 1989.

These people have also been in silent films and are very influential for the change and shift in society and how women were seen within society and the changing roles but also how they were seen by men. Also another important factor was the fashion within the films as they influenced the fashion world and how women should dress and how they should be treated within the society but also the real world rather than just seeing it in the film industry as it could be quite misleading for how women are seen to be treated but in fact are not treated like that at all but also the fact that thy act in that way when in fact women were more self conscious due to the fact of the way they are treated but the fact they're only allowed to do certain things and wear certain clothing no matter how much the fashion world and trends were changing.

12/01/13 13:00pm

Fred and Ginger: The Astaire-Rogers Partnership 1934-1938 by Hannah Hyam 11 Jun 2007.
Louise Brooks by Barry Paris 1 Oct 1989.
Films of Ginger Rogers by Homer Dickens Aug 1980.

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