With Grace Kelly in High Society
Ella Fitzgerald, in delicious Dior, is singing the blues [see (or hear!) playlist on the sidebar].
Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr are at the pool table with Marlon Brando and Humphrey Bogart, and when Ella starts to sing 'Hey There,' Sammy has to throw down his cue, much to the amused irritation of the rest of the Pack, and join in too.
Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in Guys and Dolls
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Gene Kelly has already taken off his dinner jacket and is spinning Judy Garland, in a glittering evening gown, around the dancefloor. Rita Hayworth sways to the music by herself, until Robert Taylor swoops in for a waltz.
Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn
The Kennedys and Lee Bouvier - pug in tow - arrive with Sophia Loren, and Caroline Lee instantly throws out her arms, orders a cocktail, and announces her intention of another grand tour of Europe, this time with her exiled Swedish Prince. Does anybody want to join them?
With his gorgeous wife at the premiere of 'The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit'
I agree with every word: "he was my first love. i was about nine when i fell in love with him. i was skimming through the cable channels and ended up on amc, roman holiday was playing. i fell in love with both audrey hepburn and him. to this day, it's still my favorite movie and the actors, my loves forever. even at nine, i sobbed watching that ending and felt my heart ache for joe bradley as he walked away alone. the only thing that gets me is that they don't make men like him anymore. he was one of a kind and i could only dream of finding someone as amazing as he was. on june 3, the american film institute released a roster of the top fifty movie heroes of all time. atticus finch was no. 1. nine days later, gregory peck died at the age of eighty-seven. he was not only the last of the great hollywood heroes -- he was the best."
Lauren Bacall is smoking with Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand. As the pair of illicit lovers lean in to whisper to each other, Lauren shakes her head as she surveys the room. "What a pack of rats," she says, fondly.
"Tough times don't last, tough people do, remember?"
The same for golden times and golden people, too - as evinced by my favourite honourary Old School Hollywooders:
Mr James Marsden - of course!
Beautiful Anna Friel
Katherine Heigl and Amy Adams in Vanity Fair
Amy Adams and the scrumptious Lee Pace in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
The swingin' crooner Michael Buble and the beautiful [and equally talented] actress Emily Blunt
The newly royal Olivia Wilde and her Italian film-making Prince - today's Grace Kelly!
However, wonderful Michelle Williams and the late, great Heath Ledger win the Stanley Donen-worthy award in terms of inspiration and bazazz:
Jackie Kennedy after her husband's assassination [quite literally moved me to tears]: "There's this one thing I wanted to say. I'm so ashamed of myself. Jack...everything he ever quoted was Greek or Roman... no, don't protect me now... one thing kept going through my mind, the line from a musical comedy... I want to say this one thing. It's been almost an obsession with me. This line from the musical comedy's been almost an obsession with me. At night before going to bed...we had an old Victrola. He'd play a couple of records. I'd get out of bed at night and play it for him when it was so cold getting out of bed. It was a song he loved, he loved `Camelot.' It was the song he loved most at the end... on a Victrola ten years old...it's the last record, the last side of' Camelot' ...'don't let it be forgot that for one brief shining moment there was Camelot.'"
At the end of the interview transcript, she penciled in: "And all she could think of was tell people there will never be that Camelot again."
"Let the skeptics snort about Camelot, but there was something during the Kennedy years that was magic."
-Hugh Sidney 1994
JFK and Marilyn Monroe
"I long for people through whom the Past with all its great lines remains wedded and related to us..."
-Had to get some Rilke in there