Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Technicolor Dream World

The incredible Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentleman Prefer Blonds
I've been a little obsessed with these fabulous Technicolor wonders lately.
Hi Friends!!! I've been working on my surprise for you all and this post is a little clue! These movies and so many more, have always inspired me and they take me to a more glamorous and refined time. A time not so long ago, filled with glitz, glamour, and enough fashionable movie stars
to light up the nights sky!

Grace Kelly (who after all married a French Prince)

The colors and feeling invoke a sense of richness and luxury to me.

America's favorite mermaid Esther Williams

Why is it that my hair and make-up never look like this when I swim? Movie magic!

Doris Day

I love all of the Doris Day movies. Especially the Rock Hudson (va va voom) ones!
Her ensemble is another clue...

The beautiful Betty Grable

Betty Grable movies are always magical! If I catch one on TCM I'm hooked. So down to earth and the fashions are always mind blowing! Oh to be a fly in Edith Heads

Diana Dors
How Amazing is this bed!?! If you love it...keep watching out for my surprise, you will not be disappointed! ;)

I LOVE Carmen Miranda! Her joy of life and her sunny personality always make me smile! What a woman!

The incredible and classic Audrey Hepburn. What more can I say that hasn't already been said so eloquently by so many. A true icon.

Ava Gardner and her turbulent life. Her work is wonderful and her beauty is timeless.

I love the hat!

Betty Grable in Moon over Miami. I LOVE this movie and again those costumes are to die for!!!! I know I'm crazy but I'm in love with the chair in the back ground :)

Because I have not done a true French post in a while. An American in Paris with Gene and Leslie! I'm a sucker for this movie. Look at those flowers (another clue).

This is a rare 1930's movie and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it right now. I'll update the post when it pops into my head in the middle of the night! I just love the bathing suits.

Esther Williams again proving going to the pool can be as glamorous as going to a ball. Look at that beautiful monogrammed cover up. What a wonderful idea and the colors!

Marilyn and the diamonds! I have always loved the quote from Gentlemen Prefer Blonds where she exclaims that she loves finding new places to wear diamonds! Anytime my husband has ever given me jewelry I just want to blurt it out! I know I'm a little nuts.

I just love this image of Carmen Miranda via Worth It gives me ideas for a Halloween costume! :) Those nails!

Another image of Betty Grable. Makes me want to dance my worries away.

One of my all time favorite movies is Singing in the Rain. This scene is fabulous!
Another short post for you today, but don't worry, I'll be back in full force in the coming weeks!
Have a fantastic Thursday!

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  1. Such fun Judith - these images makes me want to re-watch all those old classics. I adored Esther Williams movies when I was little and I would try and swim like her....could never get the hair out of my eyes though! xv

  2. I feel like I just went to the Drive-In! So colorful! Did you just call this a 'short post'? Its been fun trying to figure out what your big surprise is. You have a fantastic Thursday too, Judith.
    Catherine xx

  3. Chère Judith,
    This is a treasure of a post..what gorgeous color and oh those costumes! Singing in the Rain is one of my favorites and the scene with the magnificent Cyd Charisse in the green vixen outfit...honey, the woman was a dance goddess!!! A la prochaine, Anita

  4. I love all those old musicals and you are so right about the Technicolor. It was so bad for me...I was almost worried that I'd be disappointed in Paris, because I imagined it in technicolor from all those old movies. Silly me. :)

  5. I'm watching a technicolor movie right now when I clicked on your post. I love all of these images! Looking forward to the surprise reveal.

  6. I love all these old movies ! The colorful french poodles look fantastic

  7. Oh.....this was so much fun, it this is a short post then I am in trouble! Beautiful subject and just a pleasure to look through! I am terrible at clues so I don't have a clue what you are up to....but I know it's going to be good!

  8. YES - these are my passion -i love these older technicolor movies SO!

    That chair you mentioned that you love is referred to as the 'how to marry a millionaire chair' as that is one of the first movies it appeared in. Recently someone started making and selling them -i'm sure you can find it on google!

    I had to downgrade my cable, seriously -because if I had TCM I would NEVER get anything done. Sad but true.

  9. Such amazing photos!! All of my favorite women, especially Audrey Hepburn.

    My grandmother was married to Gene Kelley's brother for a short while. I never met him of course, but that is my little claim to fame.

    She said he was a real charmer

  10. Dear Judith!
    What a Beautiful ride of Women! Your post makes me happy I am a
    female!! I think I will wear my pink dress and rhinestones to work today:)
    Great great post once again!!

  11. Judith, I love "old" movies and I just adore all of these actresses! This is such a fun post and I CAN'T wait to know what your surprise is. I have been keeping a mental list of all these movies to purchase for my library on DVD but you have just inspired me to pop over to Amazon right now.
    When I was in high school and college I would watch AMC for hours on end... so many oldies and goodies!!

  12. Judith, what amazing images! I am crazy for all of them, but especially love the dyed poodles! Perhaps I should dye my Vito pink for the day. He'd love that.

    thanks for the great eye candy!


  13. Thank you for all of the lovely images.
    My son and I just watched "Auntie Mame" we love technicolor, and I love Hollywood jewels.

    All the best,


  14. I love this too, I just have to dig into my drawer to see if there is any diamond left for me....this Sunday coming up is Mother's Day in Sweden and I want to feel like one of these fab girls.

    Great great post Judith!


  15. loved the vintage costumes and actresses

    happy memories--made me grin


  16. Beautiful, beautiful post! thanks for taking me down memory lane...I watched so many of these movies when I was young, with my mom. We used to marvel at the costumes (and imagine we watched this in black and white)Merci, Judith:)

  17. wow-wee !
    super duper.
    i love them all too.

    i can't wait to see what you are up to.


  18. Can't wait for the surprise post you've got cooking. I love all these old actress, such true beauty!

  19. Oh Judith ...I will never forget my first technicolor experience on the big screen .. 7 year itch ! Those movies really have a way of making everything seem so right with the world ... at least for a couple hours ! Thank you !

  20. These ladies are all true icons and glamazons!

  21. They don't make them like they used to... le sigh!
    BTW... I just found out about the Dots Cupcake shop today... a lady brought a dozen into the shop I do makreting for... I did not taste one... but they came in that adorable box and they looked and smelled DIVINE!!! I must plan a trip.. I don't get to Pasadena very often. I CAN and WILL get to the yogurt shop SOON... they have one in Old Town Monrovia and I am there once a week... I will let you know about it!

  22. LOVE this post!!!!
    Sunny greetings from germany, geisslein

  23. I love the images you posted. These seem like better/prettier times.

  24. The first picture- I do not remeber this!! Was this from Gentleman Prefer Blondes??

  25. Did you hear this, i found out today - Nicole Kidman bought the rights to 'how to marry a millionaire' and plans to remake it -with herself in the Betty Grable roll!!


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