1. A Hard Day’s Night - an excerpt from It’s in His Kiss by Vickie Lester

    A Hard Day’s Night – an excerpt from It’s in His Kiss by Vickie Lester

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    A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

     

    Imagine a time before youwere born. Imagine a dowdy old university town on the East Coast somewhere in the nineteen-sixties. Imagine a boy and a girl living there. These two, let’s call them Becky and Steve, spoon-fed each other fantasy. Their days were spent constructing an elaborate alternative reality full of sparkling waves and ribbons of highway and palm fronds…

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  2. Cecil B. DeMille, a.k.a., Papa Hollywood…

    Cecil B. DeMille aka Papa Hollywood…

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    While we credit David Wark Griffith with creating the visual language of filmmaking in America – the father of Hollywood as a cultural force, a purveyor of dreams, a life style – is Cecil B. DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959).

    In the teens DeMille came West with his friend and colleague from Broadway,  Jesse Lasky. They rented a barn…and put on a show.

    The Squaw Man:

    At the time…

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  3. What Would Cecil B. DeMille Wear?

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    “Remember you’re a star. Never go across the alley even to dump the garbage unless you’re dressed to the teeth.” Cecil B.

    This, by the way, is the costume that drove Edith Head to the brink. She knew the concept was not period appropriate but she also knew the extravagance would appeal to DeMille. It was the only sketch she ever presented that he had a kind word for and she was rewarded by his…

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  4. The many uses of glue, or 2-Octyl cyanoacrylate, also known as Dermabond…

    The many uses of glue, or 2-Octyl cyanoacrylate, also known as Dermabond…

    photo 3Two days after my surgery my friend sent me text, after flowers and funny notes, which said simply this, “Prepare to be depressed.” It was around eight in the morning and already 90 degrees out. The heat was etching light through the windows. The air was gravid and still. I was moving as if I were a Vickie-and-a-half, moseying around wondering why everything was so quiet; and when my hyper,…

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  5. George Cukor on Audrey Hepburn, “She is a truly romantic creature. She doesn’t just profess good manners — she is really well mannered at all times. She is not driven in her career but she gives full value and she is never indifferent.”

    George Cukor on Audrey Hepburn, “She is a truly romantic creature. She doesn’t just profess good manners — she is really well mannered at all times. She is not driven in her career but she gives full value and she is never indifferent.”

  6. George Cukor on Garbo, “She is a fascinating actress but she is limited. She must never create situations. She must be thrust into them. The drama comes in how she rides them out.”

    George Cukor on Garbo, “She is a fascinating actress but she is limited. She must never create situations. She must be thrust into them. The drama comes in how she rides them out.”

  7. George Cukor directs Vivien Leigh and Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O’Hara) in Gone With The Wind

    George Cukor directs Vivien Leigh and Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O’Hara) in Gone With The Wind

  8. Where Vickie has been for the past couple of days…

    Where Vickie has been for the past couple of days…

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    Hi All,

    I just wanted to update you on Vickie after I took to her the hospital very early Friday morning for turned out to be the removal of an inflamed and infected gallbladder.

    She slept through the night and was up at 6:00AM this morning and had a fine hospital breakfast of jello and jello, seriously she ate every flavor of jello they had. What a huge change from yesterday; she was jaundiced…

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  9. Humphrey Bogart, “The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.” Portait by Yousuf Karsh

    Humphrey Bogart, “The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.” Portait by Yousuf Karsh

  10. Audrey Hepburn, “Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.” Portrait by Yousuf Karsh

    Audrey Hepburn, “Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.” Portrait by Yousuf Karsh