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Actresses, models, singers and personalities of the fifties and sixties, skewed towards Europe.

I started this blog 5.5 years ago after I found online a photo of a young Elke Sommer looking alluring in a red sweater. I wanted to keep the image handy and share it with collaborators on a film project underway at the time, so I created 24 Femmes Per Second. The title nods to Jean-Luc Godard, “cinema is truth at 24 frames per second.” (The Guardian)

I already had a large cache of downloaded Natalie Wood photos, plus a few scans, from that time I worked on a Natalie Wood telemovie, plus folders of digital images of Claudine Auger and other Bond Girls from a sixties spy movie parody, and Hammer Horror heroines from a lesbian vampire project. I worked out the focus and scope of the blog: actresses in their prime in the 1950s and 1960s or born between 1927 and and 1952.

1950s and 1960s are the decades of my favourite films. I watch many movies – award winners, blockbusters, arthouse, B-grade and worse – and add actresses to the blog after discovering them on screen. I’ve been squeezing in a few actresses in movies either side of 1950 and 1970. Constant favorites include the femmes of 1938 ~ Claudia Cardinale, Romy Schneider, and Natalie Wood ~ and of 1943 ~ Catherine Deneuve and Sharon Tate.

I post in groups of three, sometimes frequently and sometimes not, depending on family life and film work. Generally each post has 5 tags, including the actress’ name, and two categories: year and country of birth. I recently added another category: Tragic Actress. Before the Tumblr purge of December 17, 2018, there was an autopost to a Tumblr account – now deactivated.

My WordPress media library is 95% full. I don’t want to delete old images or posts. I don’t own a single image, so there’s no point upgrading to a paid account with more storage. This means the end is nigh.

I have biographical information to add to some earlier Tragic Actress posts. I’m updating the alphabetical list of names, adding birth and death years, and relevant country. Due to work commitments, I will only post very sporadically in 2019, until my WordPress storage reaches capacity. I will continue to welcome comments, corrections and, when I’ve expressed an opinion or interpretation, contradictions.

With any spare time, I will post to Beach Party Movies (WordPress and Tumblr). Check it out.

Merci beaucoup, Hillard

10 replies to “more information

  1. Good morning Hillard,
    I don’t remember how I got there. I was searching about the tv series Space:1999.
    It was a great pleasure to see so many actresses that I appreciate in your alphabetical list.
    In fact, I am very interested in the actresses and the actors who took a part in the TV series Space:1999.
    C. Shell, J. Collins, A. Hempel, J. Geeson, V. L. Frederick, V. Leon, J. Townsend, E. Rueber Staier…

    I noticed two little typing errors.
    In the alphabetical list is written Ilona “Stalla” but the right one is “Staller” as it is written in the tag.
    Gloria Guida is from Emilia “Romagna” region … not Emilia “Rogna”.

    There is a photograph that moves me. It is the photo n. 6 of Judy Geeson. The photo with a red rectangular border. She was so young…
    It is sad to see that so many beautiful actresses have had a tragic end. And anyway it’s sad to see so much joy in all the photos of a time that no longer exists.
    C’est la vie…
    Thank you very much for your site from Italy.

    1. Dear Andrea, your contribition is wonderful and I made the corrections you alerted. Merci beaucoup for your following and conversation. Ciao, Hillard

    1. Dear Samuel, many thanks for providing this information. I have this page now updated. Merci beaucoup!

  2. Hello! Ms. Hillary Elkins,
    Thanks for posting the pictures of Carol Wynn. I’m the daughter of Nancy Carolyn Hughey aka: Carol Wynn. My sister has more modeling pictures of our mother. Is there anyway we can create a website and post them? Looking forward to hearing back from you. My name is Nancy Carolyn Franco and my e-mail address is nafra 73 [at] yahoo com

  3. Hillard: I purchased a death cert. copy of model June McCall. She did not die of a “freak kitchen accident.” Could I e-mail you somewhere?
    Aitch Slavic

  4. Très bonne idée de site, et bien réalisée.
    Il s’agit là d’un hommage à ces actrices, au moment où le beau cinéma disparaît.

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