|Lana Turner, August 1944|
Are you feelin' it? Do you have Oscar Fever? :D
|Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford,|
Check out these old "Movie Story" and "Modern Screen" magazines from the Forties that I got from my friend Suze - aren't they a hoot? When one peruses these periodicals, it becomes very apparent how fleeting fame is. Half of the people mentioned in these magazines are a mystery. It could be my age, or it could be that they had their 15 minutes and disappeared forever. It always makes me wonder who amongst the latest crop of movie stars will be all but forgotten in 2080? :D
IMDB" them (I always use that as a verb now!) to find out who they were, because of course the article just assumes that the reader would know. And I'm sure in August of 1944 they did know, or were about to find out. Because I love Big Band music, I know who Woody Hermans and Cab Calloway are. I've heard of Eleanor Powell, W.C. Fields (of course) and Sophie Tucker. But Dennis O'Keefe? Dorothy Donegan? Eugene Pallette? Not a clue.
So, while you're watching the Academy Awards this Sunday, write a short list of actors and actresses who you think will never be heard from again. Keep it in a drawer and forget about it until 2032. Read it again and see how right (or wrong!) you were. Won't that be fun? :D
Here's an ATC I did of silent movie star Richard Barthlemess. It's from a 1927 newspaper ad. He was a handsome devil, wasn't he? Like so many of the silent movie stars, I'd never heard of him until I saw him in the vintage paper. He must've been very popular because he was in at least three of the movies advertised on the page!