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The madness begins: Vote for Carole

Posted by vp19 on 2011.03.01 at 01:40
Current mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

If it's March, it must mean madness...and so it does, and not just in basketball, either. As noted the other day, the site "All Good Things" is staging a tournament of its own among 64 classic actresses. This week, 16 stars from the silents and 1930s are waging battle, and Lombard, seeded fourth, is facing #13 seed Ginger Rogers in the opening round. As of this writing, Carole maintains a lead by the narrowest of margins, 11-10, after one day of the two-day competition.

You can help Lombard out by going to the site, http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com/. On the right side of the site are the eight opening-round matches, where you can cast your vote -- but remember, you must do it today. And if you need a reason why you should vote for Lombard, well, just look at the top of this entry.

Here are the other matches, along with the voting as of this writing:

#1 Greta Garbo leads #16 Gloria Swanson, 12-9
#9 Myrna Loy leads #8 Jean Harlow, 19-3
#5 Marlene Dietrich leads #12 Mary Pickford, 15-5
#2 Barbara Stanwyck leads #15 Joan Crawford, 17-5
#10 Irene Dunne leads #7 Clara Bow, 16-5
#3 Norma Shearer and #14 Marion Davies are tied, 10-10
#6 Claudette Colbert leads #11 Louise Brooks, 16-4

Some observations:

* While I love Loy, I am surprised she has such a commanding lead over her "Libeled Lady" castmate -- and in the week of Harlow's centenary, too.

* Interesting battle between Shearer and Davies. Is William Randolph Hearst waging a campaign from the hereafter to avenge Shearer beating out Davies for "The Barretts Of Wimpole Street," a decision that led Hearst to transfer Davies (and her giant studio bungalow) from MGM to Warners?

* I have no doubt that if Carole saw the seeding, she would be a bit embarrassed to rank ahead of Pickford and Swanson, two stars she idolized in her youth.

Again, remember that today marks the final day of voting for this round, so please take a second and give Carole your support.

Also, don't forget to keep up with the continuing Jean Harlow Blogathon at the Kitty Packard Pictorial ((http://kittypackard.wordpress.com/).

I would be remiss not to acknowledge the death of Jane Russell Monday at age 89. For years considered by many as merely a sex symbol, as time goes on her cool style, never taking herself all that seriously, looks better and better. (It also probably explains why she had such wonderful chemistry with Robert Mitchum.)

Last June, I posted an entry on Russell, noting several films Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. was to show on her birthday, June 21 (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/314886.html); TCM just announced its June schedule, and what would have been a 90th birthday celebration will now be a memorial. (I also expect the channel to run some Russell films this month as a salute to her passing.) The link above features her fine performance of "One For My Baby" from "Macao."

Thanks for your contributions to classic Hollywood, Jane.


sweetandhot.wordpress.com at 2011-03-01 17:55 (UTC) (Link)

Clarissa Smith

http://Gingerology/article-by-Ginger (http://jwhueyblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/awesome-article-by-ginger.html)

Hello, this was Huey's post on Ginger as editor.

I'm always pleased to see Jean Harlow, since I like her. Saw her with a book below, where she looked truly nice. She certainly wasn't a redheaded woman. But I still must get closer to Carole--I really must some time....

Have a nice day!
Monty Hawes
Monty Hawes at 2011-03-02 02:07 (UTC) (Link)

Carole pulls away

I see you have gotten into the spirit of the tournament. Cool. And I was sweating Carole's match with Ginger for a little bit until she pulled away. Whew!
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