Actresses of the 50s and 60s

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Constance Towers in ‘The Naked Kiss’ 1964

In 1933, American on August 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Constance Towers: American actress born 1933, on screen continuously since 1952. “The Naked Kiss” has style to burn. It has been directed to a fare-thee-well by Samuel Fuller, one of the liveliest, most visual-minded and cinematically knowledgeable filmmakers now working in the low-budget Hollywood grist mill. And its subject is downright ridiculous. Patently absurd as the plot may be, Mr. Fuller has filmed it with flair, and he has drawn a richly amusing performance from Miss Towers. Eugene Archer, New York Times.

Kim Novak with a tiger

In 1933, American on August 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

Kim Novak (born 1933) was the top box office star three years running in the ‘50s. Still, she is not usually mentioned in the same breath with the other major actresses of the period — Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner. She was not earthy like Gardner or icy like Kelly or Rubensesque like Monroe or raunchy like Jane Russell or perky like Doris Day. She was something that has gone out of fashion and even become suspect in an era of feminist strictures: she was the object of a voyeuristic male gaze. NY Times.

Jayne Mansfield with her pet chihuahua

In 1933, American on August 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

A BRITISH woman who sold the actress Jayne Mansfield two chihuahuas that died with her in a car crash tried to contact the executors of her will just five days after the accident to ask for outstanding payment, according to Public Record Office documents. Read the rest of this entry »

Elizabeth Montgomery and a polar bear

In 1933, American on August 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

Elizabeth Montgomery (15 April 1933 – 18 May 1995): American film and television actress of the 1960s and 1970s, daughter of actor Robert Montgomery.

Kim Novak underwater

In 1933, American on August 13, 2017 at 10:49 am

Kim Novak (born 1933) was the top box office star three years running in the ‘50s. Still, she is not usually mentioned in the same breath with the other major actresses of the period — Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner. She was not earthy like Gardner or icy like Kelly or Rubensesque like Monroe or raunchy like Jane Russell or perky like Doris Day. She was something that has gone out of fashion and even become suspect in an era of feminist strictures: she was the object of a voyeuristic male gaze. NY Times.

Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills and Tsai Chin in ‘Blow Up’ 1966

In 1933, 1944, 1946, British on August 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

Jane Birkin (UK model and actress, born 1946), Gillian Hills (UK actress and singer, born 1944) and Tsai Chin (UK actress, born 1933) in Blow Up (1966).

Sylva Koscina 1933 – 1994

In 1933, Italian on August 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

Sylva Koscina, actress: born Zagreb 22 August 1933; died Rome 26 December 1994. Sweet, smiling, curvaceous Sylva Koscina was a symbol of the Italy of the Sixties, incarnating the optimism of the years of the Italian economic miracle. Throughout that period, Koscina was Italy’s version of a Hollywood glamour queen, and movie posters never failed to enhance her ample bosom. But she was no maneater. Even at the peak of her success, there was often a touch of sadness in the famous smile.”She had the typical melancholy of the Slavs,” recalled Dino Risi, who directed her in a series of comedy roles. “I never managed,” she herself admitted, “to unite the actress and the woman in a single person.” The Independent Online.

 

Jayne Mansfield 1933 – 1967

In 1933, American on August 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm

EVEN the most generous of observers would admit that Batley Yorkshire, England, shares little in common with that glittering venue for the world’s best-paid and most glamorous performers Las Vegas. Yet in April 1967 Jayne Mansfield played the once celebrated and now defunct Batley variety club shortly after it had opened its doors in its unlikely setting for a week-long engagement. Express.

 

 

Jayne Mansfield 1933 – 1967

In 1933, American on August 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Vera Peers, awoke in a panic. Her daughter, Jayne Mansfield, had appeared to her in a dream. Standing atop a large, white stairwell, she was screaming, “Mama, I have a story to tell you. You have many steps to go. I’m at the top now, but I’ll be waiting for you.” Vera awoke to the shriek of a police car’s wheels at her front door. Jayne Mansfield, 34, movie star, mother and mother of invention, was gone, dead from a car crash on Highway 90 in Slidell, Louisiana, en route to New Orleans. Also killed with her were her attorney, Sam Brody, and their driver, Ronnie Harrison. All three children in the car — Mickey Jr., Zoltan and Mariska Hargitay — survived. The Hollywood Reporter.

Kim Novak

In 1933, American on August 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

Kim Novak was the top box office star three years running in the ‘50s. Still, she is not usually mentioned in the same breath with the other major actresses of the period — Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner. She was not earthy like Gardner or icy like Kelly or Rubensesque like Monroe or raunchy like Jane Russell or perky like Doris Day. She was something that has gone out of fashion and even become suspect in an era of feminist strictures: she was the object of a voyeuristic male gaze. NY Times.