Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Here's To Life

This was originally posted in 2011, following the death of Elizabeth Taylor. Since then, we have lost a sobering number of ladies celebrated on this list: Celeste Holm, Joan Fontaine, Esther Williams, Deanna Durbin, Eleanor Parker, and Shirley Temple. All the more reason to continue to appreciate and celebrate the goddesses who remain -- there are no ascendants to the throne who can take their place.
LUISE RAINER
January 12, 1910

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND
July 1, 1916

ZSA ZSA GABOR
February 6, 1917

CELESTE HOLM
April 29, 1917

JOAN FONTAINE
October 22, 1917

MAUREEN O'HARA
August 17, 1920

ESTHER WILLIAMS
August 8, 1921

DEANNA DURBIN
December 4, 1921

DORIS DAY
April 3, 1922

ELEANOR PARKER
June 26, 1922

LIZABETH SCOTT
September 29, 1922

RHONDA FLEMING
August 10, 1923

EVA MARIE SAINT
July 4, 1924

LAUREN BACALL
September 16, 1924

DOROTHY MALONE
January 30, 1925

ARLENE DAHL
August 11, 1925

ANGELA LANSBURY
October 16, 1925

GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA
July 4, 1927

SHIRLEY TEMPLE
April 23, 1928

NANCY OLSON
July 14, 1928

ANN BLYTH
August 16, 1928

JANE POWELL
April 1, 1929

TIPPI HEDREN
January 19, 1930

JOANNE WOODWARD
February 27, 1930

MAMIE VAN DOREN
February 6, 1931

JOAN COLLINS
May 23, 1931

CARROLL BAKER
May 28, 1931

LESLIE CARON
July 1, 1931

MITZI GAYNOR
September 4, 1931

ANITA EKBERG
September 29, 1931

ANGIE DICKINSON
September 30, 1931

DEBBIE REYNOLDS
April 1, 1932

KIM NOVAK
February 19, 1933

SHIRLEY JONES
March 31, 1934

SHIRLEY MACLAINE
April 24, 1934

SOPHIA LOREN
September 20, 1934

Still among us in the 75-and-over category: ten bona fide Oscar winners (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress); multiple Tony winners; and all sorts of fabulous. Carry on, ladies...

12 comments:

  1. FABULOUSLY GLAMOROUS!

    Thanks for this great reminder of some great ladies. XOXO

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  2. Wow... And so good to have you back again! Jx

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  3. there are no ascendants to the throne who can take their place.

    Only too true....

    I add my thanks for your return

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  4. Every time we lose another of these ladies, I feel like the world has dimmed a little.

    Welcome back, you have been missed.

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  5. Anouk Aimee, also over 80, as is Monica Vitti (ill with Alzheimers it seems), plus Jeanne Moreau 85.

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  6. We also lost marvellous Julie Harris last year; Deborah and Jean may be gone, but those two other British gals are still going - Claire Bloom still working in her early 80s, and Glynis Johns, 90 this year. Both gals were fab of course in 1962's The Chapman Report, a camp classic we love, and finally available on dvd.

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  7. I licked booze, pills, and the funny farm, but I wouldn't have survived another day without SSUWAT! Welcome back!

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  8. I just wanted to add, unfortunately, Audrey Totter to the list of those lost. She passed on the same week as Eleanor Parker. Ms. Totter made noir classics like The Lady In The Lake and Tension very, very watchable.

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  9. There's a glitch with my computer which is preventing me from responding to individual replies, but let me just say: thank you to everyone who continues to follow the blog, in spite of its herky-jerky posting schedule, and for the very kind and warm welcome back! xo

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  10. Such a wonderful collection of fabulousness! Thank you thank you thank you. Especially appreciated after witnessing the disgraceful manner in which the Academy treated a goddess like Kim Novak during Sunday's Oscar broadcast.

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