Friday, March 11, 2011

Rock Star




You would think that dear Joan Crawford would be the most likely to cast stones at Norma Shearer; but, as per usual, being married to the boss had its perks, and Irving Thalberg took care of that -- check out the sparkler on Norma's wedding ring finger. All the better for her to see with, as the acid-tongued British actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell once venomously cooed to her Riptide (1934) co-star, "...your beautiful, little, tiny, tiny eyes!"

7 comments:

  1. What amazes me is the individually made up eyelashes. Perfectly separated. My god, how long did that take??

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  2. I'm sure that Madame Thalberg had her own personal eyelash maid.

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  3. Oh my, I do believe someone's candy is coming untucked in that last shot!

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  4. I go out of town for a couple of days and I come back and all this glamour is waiting for me! It almost makes living in Kansas bearable...

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  5. ah...Norma!!! Gotta love her. Or your fired.

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  6. Joan's suspicion of Norma's motives always flew in the face of a key and immutable piece of logic.

    As the wife of MGM's head of production, and later his widow and a major stockholder, Shearer had everything to gain from every successful MGM release, Crawford's included. To make herself a sabotaging element toward a consistent revenue generator such as Joan, as Joan steadfastly maintained, Norma would have to be figuratively and knowingly shooting herself in the foot. It doesn't make sense.

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