Let me preface this by saying I set myself up for failure on this one. So much as been written about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz -- books, movies, TV specials, great blog posts. I can't possibly include all of the vast information I have at my fingertips, so if you're at all intrigued by my post, good news: there is a wealth of material out there. The Ball-Arnaz relationship was messy and sometimes hurtful, but it all came from two people who loved each other more than they could say. Their marriage brought them a legacy that transformed them into icons, yet they weren't the Ricardos -- they were Lucy and Desi, fallible people who ultimately couldn't stay together.
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I don't know about you all, but I am, in a word, exhausted . With the pandemic still ongoing, work being crazy, and other more personal issues, my creativity and writing ability have just been zapped. Which makes me feel terrible because it seems like I've been neglecting this blog for so long. I honestly thought I'd have more time for writing and other hobbies once grad school was over -- and then COVID happened and any hope of returning to some kind of normal routine went out the window. This is all to say that if you're a regular reader of mine, I'm sorry I haven't been around a lot. I swear it's not intentional! I'm just struggling to get to a place where writing doesn't feel like a chore that requires brain power that I don't really have. But that's enough about poor, pitiful me! This post is really supposed to be about something happy: the return of my Doris Day blogathon! The rules are the same as they have been: you can write about a
Who else is excited to celebrate Doris Day for three whole days?! After TCM's recent Star of the Month tribute to this illustrious triple threat, I can't think of a more fitting way to kick off April and celebrate Doris's 99th birthday. Participants, please leave me a comment below once you are ready to submit your entry. I'll try to post them as soon as I can! And if you're running a bit late, no worries -- I'll still accept it! Realweegiemidget Reviews | Move Over, Darling (1963) Filmland Follies | Romance on the High Seas (1948) Love Letters to Old Hollywood | Lullaby of Broadway (1951) Here's Booking at You, Kid | April in Paris (1952) Taking Up Room | Calamity Jane (1953) Cinema Cities | Day and Rock Hudson Movies Meet Their Match | Day's appearances on What's My Line? Box Office Poisons | The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) Box Office Poisons | Day's title tracks Whimsically Classic | On Moonlight Bay (1951) and By the Light o
"The most beautiful person we've ever had on the screen... He openly said he knew nothing about acting, and I admired his honesty because he was absolutely right." -- Bette Davis on Errol Flynn "Now Bette was a dynamic creature, the great big star of the lot, but not physically my type; dominating everybody around, and especially me, or trying to. This drove me off." -- Errol Flynn The relationship between Flynn and Davis was not an easy one. In the late 1930s, both stars saw their popularity rising to astronomical heights. After setting the screen on fire in 1935 with Captain Blood , Flynn became a swashbuckling icon with The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City , and The Dawn Patrol to name a few. Similarly, at this time, Davis gave some of her own career-defining performances in Jezebel and Dark Victory . During this period, Davis and Flynn made two films together: 1938's The Sisters and 1939's The Private Liv
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Last year, Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood asked me to co-host her Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn blogathon, and we're thrilled to announce that we're bringing it back this year! Kate is my favorite actress and just flat-out one of my favorite people ever. This woman could do anything and she remains a constant source of inspiration for me. Her partnership and romance with Spencer Tracy, one of history's greatest actors, is fascinating and iconic, and I can't wait to once again celebrate these two. Here are the rules: 1) We won't restrict you to just the nine films that Spence and Kate made together. You're welcome to write about any film that either of them appeared in, or any topic relating to either of them. 2) We're allowing no more than two duplicates . There are plenty of topics to go around! We also ask that you limit yourself to a maximum of three posts per participant. 3) Please, new material only! 4) Be respectful. We
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