Gene Kelly, 1951, photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt
God gave the world Gene Kelly 102 years ago today. We are still smiling.
Remembering Joan Blondell on her birthday (30 August 1906 - 25 December 1979), sassy star of pre-code Warner Bros musicals who matured into a strong dramatic and character actress.
Joan Blondell and Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, 1947)
Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in À bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959) photo by Raymond Cauchetier
US title: Breathless
Claire Bloom at the National Gallery, London, 1950s, photo by Sam Shaw
Sophia Loren, New York City, 1958, photo by Peter Stackpole
"I was born wise. Street-wise, people-wise, self-wise. This wisdom was my birthright. I was also born old. And illegitimate. But the two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty… I was not intrigued with the accouterments of success and fame, the furs, jewels, expensive automobiles and mansions… I can assure you that these things were not on my mind when I sat spellbound in that Pozzuoli movie house. It was what these performers on the screen were doing, not what they received for doing it." - Sophia Loren