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Posts Tagged ‘Gloria Swanson’

Blackglama 2.0

In art on 08/11/2011 at 2:13 pm

I was just check the statistics on my blog and saw that I had the highest amount of activity a few days ago on a post I did on Blackglama (I’m assuming that maybe it has something to do with the 1960’s obsession American’s are now having, myself included). BonjourLapin showed me a great podcast from The Age of Persuasion on Luxury Advertising, definitely worth giving a listen to! (click here)

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The Girl who Beat the Queens

In Celebrities, Film on 03/18/2010 at 11:41 am

The 1950 Academy Awards was definitely one of the most talked about awards ceremonies as actresses like Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Gloria Swanson, and Judy Holliday were nominated for their performances. Bette Davis was hoping to win her third Academy Award (and would have been the first actress to do so) and Gloria Swanson was hoping to win her first after making a huge comeback from the silent film era. I’m guessing a lot of people were surprised when Judy Holliday walked away that evening with the Oscar for best actress knocking out two of the greatest Hollywood legends for performances I think were far greater than hers. I haven’t seen Judy Holliday in anything but Born Yesterday (for which she won the award for)… maybe she’s a very ‘versatile’ actress and portraying a dumb blond was something that was hard to do. A former professor of mine at Bennington College, Steven Bach, had said he had wished Swanson had walked away with the award that night, but, truthfully, I wish it had been Davis. Not only did Holliday win an Oscar, but she won a Golden Globe (not that really says anything) and before her death in 1965 she took two more home with her. Born Yesterday was entertaining (featuring Sunset Boulevard’s William Holden as the love interest) but nothing that could even closely be compared to Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve.

A Rumored Remake

In Film on 03/11/2010 at 4:36 pm

… when I found this out, I got really upset, Sunset Boulevard? Why touch that??? Gloria Swanson and William Holden (and of course, who could forget Erich Von Stroheim) are probably the only people to look and play the parts. Swanson as the reclusive silent film star, Norma Desmond, is definitely a performance to remember. Swanson was nominated for a Oscar in the 1951 Academy Awards, but lost to Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (however, I don’t think she would have won even if she was not up against Holliday, because both Bette Davis and Anne Baxter were nominated for their roles in All About Eve).

Anyways, this new supposed Sunset Boulevard is to be released this year starring Liza Minnelli… so I guess if you’re going to replace a Hollywood legend you should do them the favor by re-casting them with another big star, right? Too bad that didn’t happen for Faye Dunaway as the remake for Bonnie and Clyde is featuring D-list Disney star, Hillary Duff. Yes, remakes are an unfortunate cash cow (along with the dreaded ‘sequel’) Hollywood just loves to make old films shiny, modern, and characterized by a voice of today, thankfully, we always have the original.