Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Lovely Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks is my all time favorite silent film star. She was born in 1906 in Cherryvale KS. Her name was actually Mary Louise Brooks but she later change it to Louise Brooks for stage. She also went by the names Lou Lou and Brooksie. Louise passed away in of August 1985 in Rochester NY.
She started off as a dancer with the Denishawn Modern Dance Company then later joined the Ziegfeld Follies. Later she progressed on to acting in silent films.

Louise starred in seventeen silent films. One of her most known movies and one of my all time favorite movies is Pandora's Box.

Louise was known for her sleek black bobbed hair that they said resembled a helmet. I have included some pictures of the lovely Louise for everyone's viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Tried it but did not like it.

I tried the pastels and then I tried the brights each of them for several days for the background of my blog and I had to go back to the black background with the bright and pastel accents. I just did not like the way the lighter and brighter colors looked and they really made my photographs look washed out so I just had to go back. I really wanted the brighter colors to work out but I guess I just have to stick with what looks best!

Monday, March 23, 2009

More pics from the Roaring 20's photo shoot.

All photo's here taken by: Jim Dorothy of IMAGES JD Photography on March 8th 2009.

Roaring 20's Photo Shoot.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring is just around the corner.

Spring is almost here so I decided to give my blog a fresh new make over with bright spring colors - I am still getting used to it and may have to fiddle around with it to get it just right but with the darkness of winter getting behind us I JUST had to go lighter and brighter!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lillian Gish - One of the All Time Great Stars of the Silent Era Movies

I remember when I was in grade school, I used to go to a place to eat with my family called the Organ Grinder. At this place they served nothing but pizza. I LOVED coming to this place, my very favorite thing about was this; they used to show old silent movies up on a big screen and during the movie, a man would play this big wonderful organ and they had a bubble machine that would produce ooodles of bubbles at the same time. Now, I am sad to say the Organ Grinder has been closed for many years. I love to think about those old movies where damsels in distress played by actresses such as Lillian Gish were being tied to a train track by some creepy villian and then they get rescued by some handsome man who just happens along! *Sigh*

I do have to say because of this, Lillian Gish is one of my favorite silent film stars...she has a lot of expression in her face, big doe eyes, she appears intelligent, thoughtful, yet delicate and fragile, however she had a lot of strength and fortitude. She had an ethereal kind of beauty. She seems to have this hair that has a mind of its own, that sometimes is straight, fine and soft and other times it is curled and frizzes up easily. Some days when there is a lot of humidity my hair gets like that. Another thing I like about her is my grandma used to look like her when she was younger... the same big eyes, little turned up nose and in some of her pictures her hair is all fuzzed up like that. Some day when I get a scanner I will scan and display some pics of my grandma, she was pretty darn cute when she was young. My grandma was in her early 20's in the 1920's. Back to Lillian Gish, she was born in 1893 and passed away in 1993 (she lived a 100 years) that is amaizing! To think that we had this star with us for that many years until her starlight got dimmer and dimmer until her star was gone. Even though she is no longer with us we do have pictures to forever memorialize her and hopefully other future generations will be interested in these fabulous old time stars so that they can live on, one way or another.