Ruth Deckard

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Ruth Deckard was an American pinup artist, known only as Deckard for many years and thought to be a man. It wasn’t until The Great American Pin-up was published in 1996 that the world knew she was a woman. She was a Chicago based artist. Most of her paintings were published by Louis F. Dow Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota. She painted from the mid 1930’s into the 1950s. Her art was not as refined as Alberto Vargas or Petty, but it had a great appeal to the masses. One of her best is named Pin Cushion, a woman lying on her back with a white top and skirt, her legs draped over the top of a round cushion, and four bowling pins leaned against the cushion.

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Weighty Problem [Starting at the Bottom] (1962), a pin-up illustration by Gil ElvgrenGil Elvgren (1914-February 29, 1980) born as Gillette Elvgren was an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow.

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Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. Other influences included the Brandywine School founded by Howard Pyle.Elvgren was a commercial success. His clients ranged from Brown and Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric and Sealy Mattress Company. In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.Although best known for his pin-ups, his work for Coca-Cola and others depicted typical Americans — ordinary people doing everyday things.

  • Pin-up girl
  • List of pin-up artists

  • The Great American Pin-Up, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 3-8228-1701-5
  • Gil Elvgren, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 978-3-8228-2930-1

Boris Vallejo


Boris Vallejo, April 2005.Boris Vallejo (born January 8, 1941[1]) is a Peruvian-born American painter. He emigrated to the United States in 1964, and he currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He frequently works with Julie Bell, his wife, painter, and model.Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His hyper-representational paintings have graced the covers of dozens of science fiction paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars. Subjects of his paintings are typically gods, monsters, and well-muscled male and female barbarians engaged in battle. Some of his male figures were modeled by Vallejo himself, and many of his later female characters were modeled by his wife. His latest works still retain heavy fantasy elements, but lean more towards the erotic rather than pure fantasy themes.Vallejo has been named as the artist guest of honor at Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention.[2]

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Vallejo commenced painting at the age of thirteen and had his first illustration job at the age of sixteen. After emigrating to the United States in 1964, he quickly garnered a fan following from his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan The Barbarian, Doc Savage and various other fantasy characters (often done for paperback fiction works featuring the characters). This led to commissions for movie poster illustration, advertisement illustration, and artwork for various collectibles – including Franklin Mint paraphernalia, trading cards and sculpture. Along with Bell, Vallejo presents his artwork in an annual calendar and various books. Vallejo’s work is often compared to the work of Frank Frazetta, not only because it is similar stylistically but also since Frazetta painted covers for paperbacks of some of the same characters.Vallejo’s preferred artistic medium is oil paint on board, and has previously used digital media to combine discrete images to form composite images. Preparatory works are pencil or ink sketches, which have been displayed in the book Sketchbook. He and Julie Bell have worked on collaborative artworks together, in which they sign the artwork with both names.Vallejo has created film posters for numerous fantasy and action productions, including Barbarella (1968), Knightriders (1981), Q (1982), and Barbarian Queen (1985). He has also illustrated posters for comedies, notably National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), European Vacation (1985), and Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007), co-created with Bell.[3]

Further information: Children of God (cult)#Plagiarized artIn 2003, a Flash animation slideshow titled “Family Art Corner” was released anonymously, alleging that a woman named Jan McRae had plagiarized the work of many artists, including Vallejo, for reproduction in proselytization tracts printed by the Children of God cult.[4] Twenty of Vallejo’s works are compared in the slideshow, as are several works by Vallejo’s wife, Julie Bell. After the slideshow was released, Karen Zerby, leader of the Children of God acknowledged that McRae had copied the work of others, as did McRae herself, and McRae admitted wrongdoing.[5]

Vallejo is married to fellow artist Julie Bell, whose artistic style is very similar to Vallejo’s. He has two children from a previous marriage to artist and writer Doris Vallejo as well as two stepsons. His son, Dorian Vallejo, also has produced work in the fantasy genre but now works primarily as a portrait painter. His daughter, Maya Vallejo, is a professional photographer. His stepsons, Anthony Palumbo and David Palumbo, are both painters for fine art galleries as well as illustrators in the science fiction/fantasy genre.

According to their performance on January 21, 1995 at the Horizontal Boogie Bar (now known as the Water Street Music Hall[6]) in Rochester, New York, the Ween song Vallejo[7] is a tribute to the artist. Gene Ween is heard to comment prior to playing the song during the concert: “We very rarely get inspired by artists, but, uh… this is about Boris Vallejo.”

Several books of collections of his works are available, such as:

  • Imaginistix (2006)
  • The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2006)
  • The Ultimate Collection (2005)
  • Twin Visions (2002)
  • Fantasy Workshop
  • Sketchbook
  • Superheroes
  • Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo (1999)
  • Fantasy Art Techniques (1985)
  • Mirage (1982, reprinted 1996 & 2001)
  • The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo (1980)
  • Titans

A yearly calendar of 13 paintings by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is produced by Workman Publishing.

  • ^ Comics Buyer’s Guide #1650; February 2009; Page 107
  • ^ Silver, Steven (August 11, 2009). “Worldcon 2009, NASFiC 2010, Worldcon 2011”. SF Site News. SF Site.com. http://www.sfsite.com/news/2009/08/11/worldcon-2009-nasfic-2010-worldcon-2011/. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  • ^ “Posterwire.com: King of the Mountain”. http://www.posterwire.com/archives/2007/03/05/king-of-the-mountain/
  • ^ Plagiarized art at xFamily.org
  • ^ Which Comes First: The Revelation or the Artwork?, xFamily.org
  • ^ Water Street Music Hall
  • ^ Dan Erat’s Ween Audio Center,
    Vallejo listed under Misc. EP Stuff
  • Roger Woods

    Roger Woods (born 26th October 1957) a British painter of pin-ups, nudes and erotic art.

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    Not much is known about his early life apart from him hating school.At 35 years of age life took a complete U-turn when he had an accident which left him disabled. It was during a convalescing period after quite a traumatic back operation where his interest in art and painting started. He started sketching but the results as he admits himself were not good. On his return home he decided to pursue painting by enrolling on an adult education watercolour course. He spent a couple of years working on landscape painting and then moved onto drawing. From there he went on to an arts foundation course at the local college, but soon became disillusioned. The ‘modern’ practice of portraiture did not appeal to him.He experimented with different mediums throughout his ‘education period’ but came to the conclusion that the formal art course could not help in my quest for a more traditional approach to painting and realised that he didn’t want to paint watercolour landscapes either.He then enrolled on a course which was run by artists who taught at the local adult education centre, this course gave him the enthusiasm to try to paint people either in portrait or life. Part of the course was to complete an in depth study of an artist, to include their life and their painting techniques. He chose Jack Vettriano and it was through reading about him and his life that he was given the incentive to keep painting in oils trying and retrying different styles colours and methods.His inspiration comes from varying sources he is a great admirer of past masters, Poussin, Titian and particularly Caravaggio and also the more modern masters Edward Hopper, Jack Vettriano and pin upartists like Gil Elvgren, with their teasing poses and cheeky innocence. Other inspiration came from nose decorations of American World War two aircraft and naughty seaside postcards, paintings, books, magazines and of course the internet.Although his first love is oil paints, he has also done expressive works with charcoal, pencils. His paintings are mostly in oils and are figurative he is inspired by the female sexuality and how its appeal to others always trying to suggest an air of eroticism, the risqué and even anticipation of things to come, leaving the promise to the viewers imagination and not just about overt sexuality. Surprisingly over 70% of those who appreciate his work are women many of whom have encouraged him to try more erotic and fetish piecesRoger is also a member of the Guild of Erotic ArtistsRoger has donated the painting, “A Touching moment”, to a charity auction in September 2009 Fetish Visions to raise funds for the MacmillanYou may notice the same model (Sarah) appears in many of his pieces from the last four years in both classes and on private sittings. He uses a digital camera as photographic reference for many of my paintings, he calls it his modern day sketch book. Over the last couple of years he has joined several of the social networking sites like myspace Twitter where he has met other artists and models from around the world. Resulting in him painting models from many European countries and as far away as Australia and America. Never complaining when models send him photographs of themselves. He has also been mentioned several times on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show. Ken Bruce usually berates people in such occupations ‘painting scantily clad women call that a job!’Roger was a member of the Artists network (Bedfordshire) between 2005 and 2008 Artist Network BedfordshirePrints of his work are sold all over the world through Obsessionart And more recently form Red BubbleA few of his recent Exhibitions: Red Dot gallery Luton, Bedford Museum, the hat factory Arts Centre, Nolias Gallery London, Fetish Visions

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    Al Buell

    Alfred Leslie Buell (1910–1996) was an American painter of pin-up art. He was born in Hiawatha, Kansas in 1910, and grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma. He attended some classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, which, in concert with a trip to New York City, decided him on a career in art.In 1935, Buell and his wife moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he joined the Stevens/Hall/Biondi Studio. By 1940, he had opened his own studio. During this period, he did a number of pin-ups for the Gerlach-Barklow calendar company. Buell also did work for several other calendar companies in the early 1940s.During World War II, Buell was rejected by the draft, so he spent the war painting a variety of popular and patriotic pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow. After the war was over, he began contributing to Esquire‘s Gallery of Glamour.Buell returned to Brown & Bigelow in the late 1950s. He continued to paint glamour and pin-ups until about 1965, when he retired from commercial art. He remained active until he was injured in an accident in 1993, after which he remained in a nursing home until his death in 1996.

    • Pin-up girl
    • List of pinup artists

    • The Great American Pin-Up, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 3-8228-1701-5

    Adrienne Barbeau

    Adrienne Barbeau


    Adrienne Barbeau, 2008 Born Adrienne Jo Barbeau
    June 11, 1945 (1945-06-11) (age 65)
    Sacramento, California, U.S. Occupation Actress Years active 1972–present Spouse John Carpenter (m. 1979–1984) «start: (1979)–end+1: (1985)»”Marriage: John Carpenter to Adrienne Barbeau” Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Barbeau)
    Billy Van Zandt (m. 1992–present) «start: (1992)»”Marriage: Billy Van Zandt to Adrienne Barbeau” Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Barbeau)

    Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American actress, as well as the author of two books. Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970s as Broadway’s original Rizzo in the musical Grease, Maude Findlay’s (played by Beatrice Arthur) divorced daughter, Carol Traynor, in the sitcom Maude, and in several early 1980s horror and science fiction films. A sex symbol during that era, her more notable film work includes The Fog, Creepshow, Swamp Thing and Escape from New York. During the 1990s, Barbeau became known for providing the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent Batman cartoon series. More recently, she has appeared in the HBO series Carnivàle.

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    Barbeau was born in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Armen (née Nalbandian) and Joseph Barbeau, who was a public relations executive for Mobil Oil.[1] Barbeau’s father was French-Canadian and her mother Armenian-American.[2] She attended Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. In her autobiography, Barbeau says that she first caught the show business bug while entertaining troops at army bases throughout Southeast Asia, touring with the San Jose Civic Light Opera. She has a sister Jocelyn and a half brother on her father’s side, Robert Barbeau, who still resides in the Sacramento area.[3]

    In the late 1960s Barbeau moved to New York City and worked “for the mob”[3] as a go-go dancer, as well as appeared Off-Broadway in a “nudie musical” called Stag Movie before making her Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof, playing Tevye’s daughter, Hodel, alongside Bette Midler. Adrienne has since starred in over 25 musicals and plays, among them, Women Behind Bars, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Grease, as tough-girl “Rizzo”, for which she received a Theater Guild Award and a 1972 Tony Award nomination.During the 1970s Barbeau starred as the daughter of Bea Arthur’s title character in the comedy series Maude which ran from 1972 to 1978. In her autobiography There Are Worse Things I Could Do she remarked: “What I didn’t know is that when I said [my lines] I was usually walking down a flight of stairs and no one was even listening to me. They were just watching my breasts precede me.” During the last 2 seasons of Maude, she did not appear in the majority of the episodes, after her name became a celebrity status. In a 2009 Entertainment Tonight TV interview, Barbeau mentioned that she had an on- and off-camera chemistry with Arthur. She also told Entertainment Tonight, the two stayed close until Arthur’s death on April 25, 2009. Barbeau and Arthur reunited on camera during a 2007 taping of The View, reminiscing about their long-running friendship and their years as costars on Maude.Barbeau, who played the role of Mrs. Findlay’s TV daughter, said about the popularity her character scored on Maude, alongside Arthur, about her portrayal: “Thousands of people came up to me and said, ‘I got an aunt who’s just like Maude, my mother is just like Maude. I think many, many people related to Bea’s character, in that way. There were others who found her too abrasive who didn’t like the character, and that big woman with a low voice, saying those things.” Barbeau also said of the way that Beatrice wanted to entertain the audience on Maude, “I at least was; and I’m sure that Bea was very proud of being something that was socially significant that was entertaining people, and making them laugh, at the same time, slipping her philosophy.” Barbeau said of her mentor’s decision in leaving the show was, “I think she was tired, but I also knew she wanted to go out strong, yet, we were still in the Top 20, right through the sixth season, but I think she was probably feeling, ‘How many more scripts are there’?, and you know, where we can be as good as we’ve been!” The last thing Adrienne said prior to the cancelation of Maude was: “It was wonderful, all the way through, and so much of that was because of Bea, because, we had such a great group of people that were were working with, who, were were like a family.” For 35+ years, Barbeau continued to be a good friend to Arthur until her death in 2009, long after the cancelation of Maude. In addition, Rebecca’s (Beatrice’s real-life mother) death in 1986, drew Arthur & Barbeau real closer, as Barbeau delivered her condolences to her on-screen mother; while enjoying her success as a movie actress, 23 yrs. before Arthur’s own death. Her series’ star said on The View, Arthur had occasionally visit her twins.[citation needed]Barbeau was cast in numerous television films and shows such as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Valentine Magic on Love Island, and Battle of the Network Stars. In her autobiography she claimed: “I actually thought CBS asked me to be on Battle of the Network Stars because they thought I was athletic. My husband clued me in: who cared if I won the race, as long as I bounced when I ran?”[3]The popularity of Barbeau’s 1978 cheesecake poster confirmed her status as a sex symbol. Barbeau’s popularity stemmed partly from what critic Joe Bob Briggs referred to as the “two enormous talents on that woman,”[4] and her typecasting as a “tough broad”. Despite her initial success, she said at the time that she thought of Hollywood as a “flesh market”, and that she would rather appear in films that “explore the human condition” and “deal with issues”.[5]Barbeau was cast by her then-husband, director John Carpenter, in his 1980 horror film, The Fog, which was her first theatrical film appearance. The film was released in on February 1, 1980 and was a theatrical success, grossing over $21 million in the United States alone,[6] and establishing Barbeau as a genre film star. She subsequently appeared in a number of early-1980s horror and science fiction films, a number of which have now become cult film classics, including Escape from New York (also from Carpenter), Creepshow and Swamp Thing.She also appeared in the high grossing Burt Reynolds comedy The Cannonball Run in 1981 and as the shrewish wife of Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School (1986). Barbeau also starred along with talk show host Bill Maher and Shannon Tweed in Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death.

    In the 1990s, Barbeau mostly appeared in made-for-television films such as Scott Turow‘s The Burden of Proof in 1992, as well as playing Oswald’s mother on The Drew Carey Show and gaining new-found fame among animation fans as Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series and Gotham Girls. Coincidentally, Barbeau’s on-screen son on The Drew Carey Show, Diedrich Bader would go on to perform the voice of Batman on the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.She also worked as a television talk show host and a weekly book reviewer for KABC talk radio in Los Angeles. In 1999, she guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” as Romulan Senator Kimara Cretak.In 1998, Barbeau released her debut album as a folk singer, the self-titled Adrienne Barbeau. She starred in the cartoon series Totally Spies! doing the voice of villainess Helga Von Guggen in seasons 1, 2 and 4.From 2003 to 2005, she starred on the HBO series Carnivàle. From March to May 2006, she starred as Judy Garland in the off-Broadway play The Property Known as Garland.[7]Barbeau played a cameo role in Rob Zombie‘s Halloween, a “reimagining” of the 1978 film of the same name, written and directed by her first husband, John Carpenter. Her scene was cut from the theatrical version of the film but is included in the DVD version.Barbeau’s autobiography There Are Worse Things I Could Do was published in 2006 by Carroll & Graf, rising to #11 on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list. In July 2008, her first novel, Vampyres of Hollywood, was published by St. Martin’s Press. The novel was co-written by Michael Scott. The sequel hits bookstores in 2010.In 2009, Barbeau was cast as “The Cat Lady” in the family comedy The Dog Who Saved Christmas, as Scooter’s Mom in the 3D animated feature Fly Me to the Moon and as a hospice patient in the love-story Rescue Me.[citation needed]Also in 2009, Barbeau has guest-spots in the first episode of Showtime‘s hit series Dexter (season 4), as well as on Grey’s Anatomy.She voiced the Greek goddess Hera in the video game God of War III released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010. In August 2010 she began a role on the long running ABC daytime drama General Hospital.

    Barbeau was married to director John Carpenter from January 1, 1979 to 1984. The two met on the set of his 1978 TV movie, Someone’s Watching Me!. The couple had a son, John Cody (born May 7, 1984) shortly before they separated. During their marriage, the couple remained “totally outside Hollywood’s social circles.”[5]Barbeau married actor/playwright/producer Billy Van Zandt on December 31, 1992. The two met in 1991 when Barbeau was cast in the west coast premiere of his play, Drop Dead! Billy is the brother of musician/actor Steven Van Zandt. She gave birth to twin boys, Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt, on March 17, 1997, at age 51, claiming she was the only one on the maternity ward who was also a member of AARP.[8]

    • Maude (1972)
    • The Great Houdini (1976)
    • The Love Boat (1978)
    • Murder, She Wrote (one episode as Lanette)
    • Dream On (1992)
    • Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
    • The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1995)
    • The New Batman Adventures (1997)
    • The Angry Beavers (1998)
    • Gotham Girls (2000)
    • Carnivàle (2003)
    • Grey’s Anatomy (2009)
    • The New Adventures of Old Christine (2010)
    • General Hospital (2010)

    • Crash (1978)
    • The Fog (1980)
    • The Cannonball Run (1981)
    • Escape from New York (1981)
    • Swamp Thing (1982)
    • Creepshow (1982)
    • Terror in the Aisles (1984)
    • Terror at London Bridge (1985)
    • Back to School (1986)
    • Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)
    • Two Evil Eyes (1991)
    • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
    • Across the Line (2000)
    • The Convent (2001)
    • Ring of Darkness (2004)
    • Reach for Me (2008)
    • Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
    • The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009)
    • War Wolves (2009)

    Captain Murphy, a character from the animated television series Sealab 2021, has an obsession with Barbeau and mentions her in several episodes. In the episode “I Robot” he ponders becoming an “Adrienne Barbeaubot” with laser beam eyes and “D-Cups Full of Justice.” In the episode “I Robot Really” Captain Murphy succeeds in having his brain placed inside a robot body which he calls The Barbeau-bot. The Barbeau-bot not only has “D-Cups of Justice” but also chainsaw hands with laser targeting. Barbeau was mentioned in Adult Swim cartoons by the same people as far back as Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode 32.Also, an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is focused on Miles’ obsession with Adrienne Barbeau. He buys a cardboard cut-out of her, and she guest stars at the end of the episode. Upon meeting her, Sabrina compliments Barbeau for her performance as Senator Cretak in the aforementioned Star Trek episode.In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode featuring the movie “The Thing That Couldn’t Die” Mike Nelson is being sent people he’s thinking of by a race of omnipotent beings in one of the “host segments.” The person appears and begins to beat up Mike in a manner similar to Finnegan in the classic Star Trek episode “Shore Leave“. Mike thinks of Adrienne Barbeau at the insistence of one of his robot companions. Adrienne is played by Mike Nelson’s real-life wife Bridget Jones Nelson.

  • ^ “ADRIENNE BARBEAU PUTS “BEST’ FOOT FORWARD”. Sacramento Bee. 1993-07-18. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SB&p_theme=sb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB0DA5E92F8D9D1&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  • ^ “Adrienne Barbeau Biography”. Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800043887/bio. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  • ^ a b c Barbeau, Adrienne (2006-04-15). There Are Worse Things I Could Do. New York: Carroll & Graf. pp. 33. ISBN 0-7867-1637-1. .
  • ^ Briggs, Joe Bob. “”The Fog” Intro”. http://www.joebobbriggs.com/mvtranscripts/fog.html. Retrieved 6 April 2006. 
  • ^ a b Roger Ebert (1980-02-03). “Interview with Adrienne Barbeau”. Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19800203/PEOPLE/2030301/1023. Retrieved 9 March 2006. 
  • ^ “The Fog (1980)”. Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=fog.htm. Retrieved 9 March 2006. 
  • ^ Isherwood, Charles (2006-03-24). “At the Actors’ Playhouse, Adrienne Barbeau Is Judy Garland”. The New York Times. http://theater2.nytimes.com/2006/03/24/theater/reviews/24garl.html. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  • ^ “Adrienne Barbeau Biography”. IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000105/bio. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
    • Barbeau, Adrienne (March 2006). There Are Worse Things I Could Do. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1637-1. 

    Suzy Parker

    Suzy Parker


    Suzy Parker in 1965 Born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker
    October 28, 1932(1932-10-28)
    San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Died May 3, 2003 (aged 70)
    Montecito, California, U.S. Other names Suzy Parker Dillman Occupation Model, actress Years active 1947–1970 Spouse(s) Charles Staton
    (1950-1953)
    Pierre de la Salle
    (1958-1961)
    Bradford Dillman
    (1963-2003)

    Suzy Parker (October 28, 1932–May 3, 2003) was an American model and actress active from 1947 into the early 1960s. Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s when she appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines, advertisements, and in movie and television roles. She appeared in several Revlon advertisements, but she also appeared in advertisements for many other cosmetic companies as well, as no model had an exclusive make-up contract until Lauren Hutton (for Revlon and Revlon’s Ultima) and Karen Graham (Estée Lauder) signed them in the early 1970s. She was the first model to earn $100,000 per year and the only fashion model to have a Beatles song named after her, even if an unreleased one.[1]

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    Suzy Parker was born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker in San Antonio, Texas, to George (May 27, 1895 – June 7, 1958) and Elizabeth Parker (December 31, 1897 – November 1965). Her parents married around 1916. They had three daughters in a row: Dorian Leigh (Dorian Elizabeth Parker) born on April 23, 1917; Florian Avaline (Cissy/Cissie), born May 5, 1918, and Georgiabell Laura, born July 29, 1919.[2] In 1931, 12 years after her last child was born, Elizabeth thought she was going through menopause. Instead, she was five months pregnant when she learned she was expecting another baby.[3] Elizabeth’s fourth daughter, was named after her three friends. Dorian told her mom to arrange the names in order- Cecilia Renee Ann Parker so she would have obscene initials. Her parents eventually caught on to Dorian’s games.[3]. Her father didn’t like the name and called her Susie. A French Vogue photographer changed the spelling to Suzy.Suzy’s family later moved to Highland Park, New Jersey, and to Florida. It was her 30-year-old sister, Dorian, who introduced her to agent Eileen Ford when she was just 15 years old.[4]

    Three of the Parker sisters were very tall, standing between 5’10” and 6’1″. Dorian was the sole exception, standing 5’5″. In 1944, Dorian was writing advertising copy when a co-worker encouraged Dorian to go to the Conover Modeling Agency to try modeling. (The agency of Harry Sayles Conover [1911, Chicago, Ill.–1965, New York City] was active 1939–1959.)One of Dorian’s first advertisements was for Revlon. Charles Revson (who later wanted to marry her) hired her for “Fatal Apple,” one of Revlon’s first all-color, nationwide ads.[5]Dorian was one of the top models in the world, arguably referred to as the “world’s first supermodel” (along with Lisa Fonssagrives). When Suzy was about age 15, Dorian telephoned The Ford Modeling Agency and told Eileen Ford and Jerry Ford that she would sign on with them if they also took her younger sister, sight unseen. Anxious to represent Dorian, they agreed. Expecting to meet a similarly petite, extremely thin, flawless, pale-faced, electric blue-eyed, raven-haired younger version of Dorian, they were shocked to meet Suzy for the first time at a restaurant. At the meeting, the Fords said, “Oh, my God!”[6] Suzy was already 5’10”, big-boned, and had carrot red hair, pale-green eyes, and freckles. Suzy later became more famous than Dorian.Suzy’s photo appeared in Life magazine at age 15. That same year, one of her first magazine advertisements was for DeRosa Jewelry. Although she still lived with her parents in Florida, she stayed in New York City with Dorian when she had modeling assignments there. Dorian introduced Suzy to her fashion-photographer friends, Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, John Rawlings, and a young Richard Avedon. Suzy became Avedon’s muse. At age 61, she said, “The only joy I ever got out of modeling was working with Dick Avedon.”[7]Parker became the so-called signature face of the Coco Chanel brand. Chanel herself became a close confidante, giving Parker advice on men and money as well as creating numerous Chanel outfits for her.She was the first model to earn $200 per hour and $100,000 per year. Vogue declared her one of the faces of the confident, post-war American woman.However, by 1955, she owed income taxes on her modeling income from previous years, amounting to more than $60,000 in back taxes and rapidly accumulating penalties, an enormous amount at the time.[7] Fortunately, Jerry Ford paid her tax bill and found her assignments. She worked also non-stop for Vogue, Revlon, Hertz, Westinghouse, Max Factor, Bliss, DuPont, Simplicity, Smirnoff, and Ronson shavers, to name a few. She also was on the covers of about 70 magazines around the world, including Vogue, Elle, Life, Look, Redbook, Paris Match and McCall’s.Avedon suggested Suzy for the movie Funny Face (1957). Fred Astaire’s role was based on Avedon, whose photos appeared in the movie. Audrey Hepburn‘s role was inspired by Suzy, just as Hepburn’s role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was supposedly based on Dorian’s promiscuous lifestyle. Suzy appeared in the movie for only about two minutes.Her other credits included Kiss Them for Me opposite Cary Grant (1957), The Best of Everything (1959), Ten North Frederick starring Gary Cooper (1959), Circle of Deception (1960) during which she met future husband Bradford Dillman, Flight from Ashiya (1964), Chamber of Horrors (1966) and dramatic roles in TV shows such as Burke’s Law and The Twilight Zone plus appearances as herself on a number of quiz shows like I’ve Got a Secret.After marrying her third husband, Dillman, in 1963, and suffering further injuries in another car accident in 19
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    , she mostly retired from modeling and acting to live a quiet life in Montecito, California, with her family.

    Parker was married three times. In about 1950, Suzy and her high-school sweetheart, Ronald (last name unknown), drove to Georgia to secretly marry. Some references however state that her first husband’s name was Charles. Suzy said that she married him in a bikini with a raincoat on top, adding, “He was very good-looking, and it [the marriage] was just a sheer disaster.”[8] The young couple drove back to Florida where she was still living with her parents who were upset because of her age and because Ronald was part Cherokee.[9] They moved to Pennsylvania and rented a house near where Dorian was living with her husband and children. Suzy was already modeling in the United States and Europe while Ronald was attending the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman.Suzy met journalist Pierre de la Salle (Pitou) at a Jacques Fath party outside of Paris. She and Dorian were modeling together and separately on this trip with photographer Richard Avedon. She came back to the United States and asked Ronald for a divorce. Ronald would only agree to a quick divorce if Suzy gave him a large monetary settlement and paid for plastic surgery on his nose and his acting lessons. Suzy agreed, and they obtained a quick divorce in Mexico, which became final in 1953. Purportedly when Ronald could not get acting jobs, he committed suicide.[10] Suzy and Pierre continued to date for years despite Pierre’s numerous infidelities. She also was paying for his high cost-of-living expenses.[11] They married about 1957 or 1958, but the couple kept it a secret.In 1958, Suzy was a passenger in a car her father was driving when they were hit by an oncoming train. Supposedly neither heard nor saw the train until it slammed into the car. Her father died of his injuries at the hospital. Suzy checked into the hospital with broken bones and embedded glass (with her face untouched) under the name Mrs. Pierre de la Salle. The press jumped on this, and Pierre continued to deny that they were married.[12] Soon thereafter, a photo spread of the couple appeared in the August 19, 1958, Look magazine cover story about Suzy. Suzy began psychotherapy to cope with her rocky marriage and the death of her beloved father.After recovering from her injuries, Suzy became pregnant and Pierre left. She said, “He didn’t want to be a father. I already hired a nanny… he was gone, history.”[13] She gave birth to their daughter Georgia Belle Florian Coco Chanel de la Salle in December 1959, whose godmother was close-friend Chanel. A March 14, 1977, People magazine article featured Suzy trying to launch her then 17-year-old daughter Georgia as a model.[14] However, Georgia modeled only a few times during and after college. By 2006, Georgia’s father Pierre de la Salle was in his 70s and living with then-wife Berenice, whom he married in 1977, in Mammoth Lakes, California.[15]In 1960, Suzy met actor Bradford Dillman on the set of their movie, Circle of Deception. She was still married to de la Salle but no longer living with him. Bradford was ending his first marriage and dating Juliette Greco at the time. Suzy obtained a divorce and married Bradford in 1963 on board a boat at sea. She changed her name to Suzy Parker Dillman following the marriage.[16]Suzy mostly retired from modeling and acting by 1964. After she married Dillman, she also became a stepmother to his two children, Jeffrey and Pamela and wanted to stay home to be a mother and cook. Like her sister Dorian Leigh, who was a Cordon-bleu level chief, Suzy was also an excellent cook.Suzy had three more children with Bradford: Dinah (b. 1965), Charlie (b. 1967), and Christopher (b. 1969). The family lived in the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles until Dinah was bitten by a rattlesnake in the yard and almost died.[17]. They then moved to Montecito in the Santa Barbara area, where Suzy remained until her death in 2003.

    A self-described tomboy in her teens, she broke several bones as a result. Parker also broke bones in a serious car accident in 1958 that killed her father. In 1964 she was nervously rehearsing for her famous appearance in the well-known Twilight Zone episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” when she was in another car accident. Suzy had long suffered from allergies and, in the 1990s, developed ulcers. During surgery for an ulcer, her vital signs disappeared on the operating table, but she was resuscitated. She never fully recovered and developed more ulcers and diabetes. She had multiple hip surgeries, and then her kidneys began to fail. She spent the last five years of her life in and out of the hospital.[17]

    Suzy decided to end dialysis treatments. She returned home to die surrounded by family at her orchard in Montecito where she died at aged 70 on May 3, 2003. She was survived by two of her three sisters: Dorian Leigh (who died in 2008 at the age 91 and reportedly did not attend her sister’s funeral due to a long estrangement) and Florian (“Cissie”, “Cissy”), as of 2009, the sole surviving Parker sister. Her husband, Bradford Dillman, her four children, and two stepchildren also survived her.[16]

    • Funny Face (1957)
    • Kiss Them for Me (1957)
    • Ten North Frederick (1958)
    • The Best of Everything (1959)
    • A Circle of Deception (1960)
    • The Interns (1962)
    • Flight from Ashiya (1964)
    • Chamber of Horrors (1966)

    • Producers’ Showcase (2 episodes, 1957)
    • Playhouse 90 (1 episode, 1957)
    • Burke’s Law (2 episodes, 1963)
    • The Twilight Zone “Number 12 Looks Just Like You,” (1 episode, 1964)
    • Dr. Kildare (1 episode, 1964)
    • The Rogues (1 episode, 1964)
    • Vacation Playhouse (1 episode, 1965)
    • Tarzan (1 episode, 1966)
    • Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode, 1967)
    • It Takes a Thief (1 episode, 1968)
    • Night Gallery (1 episode, 1970)

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  • ^ “Model”, by Michael Gross, 1980, page 117.
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  • ^ “Model”, by Michael Gross, 1995, p. 117
  • ^ “The Girl Who Had Everything” by Dorian Leigh Parker and Laura Hobe, 1980, p. 72
  • ^ “The Girl Who Had Everything,” by Dorian Parker, 1980, p. 85
  • ^ “Model,” by Michael Gross, 1995, p. 118
  • ^ “The Lives of Suzy Parker”, by Richard Gehman, Cosmopolitan, November 1959, p. 91
  • ^ “Model,” by Michael Gross, 1995, page 120.
  • ^ “The Old Order Changeth: Suzy Parker Launches Her Daughter With a New Sassoon Look,” People, March 14, 1977, pages 34-35.
  • ^ “Everyone Fell For Suzy,” by Laura Jacobs, Vanity Fair. May 2006, page 218, 233.
  • ^ a b Martin, Douglas (2003-05-06). “Suzy Parker, Willowy Model And Actress of 50’s, Dies at 69”. New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C03E2D9103CF935A35756C0A9659C8B63. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  • ^ a b “Everyone Fell For Suzy”, by Laura Jacobs, Vanity Fair. May 2006, p. 233.
  • Raquel Welch

    Raquel Welch


    Welch at the premiere of Bette Midler’s movie, The Rose, 1979 Born Jo Raquel Tejada
    September 5, 1940 (1940-09-05) (age 70)
    Chicago, Illinois, United States Occupation Actress Years active 1959–present Spouse James Welch (1959–1964)
    Patrick Curtis (1967–1972)
    Andre Weinfeld (1980–1990)
    Richard Palmer (1999–2008)

    Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress, author and sex symbol .

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    Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois, the older sister to brother James and sister Gayle. She was the daughter of Josephine Sarah (née Hall) with English ancestry dating back to John Quincy Adams and the Mayflower, and Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, a Bolivian.[1][2][3][4] Her father (1911–1976), an aeronautical engineer, emigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17; her mother (1909–2000) was American, the daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and wife Clara Louise Adams.[citation needed] Raquel was raised in the Presbyterian religion and continues to go to church every Sunday.[5] Raquel changed her family name to that of her first husband, James Welch, in 1959.

    In 1959, Welch played the title role in The Ramona Pageant, a yearly outdoor play at Hemet, California, which is based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson and Bob Biloe.She became a weather forecaster at KFMB, a local San Diego television station. Because of her heavy schedule, she decided to leave her studies at San Diego State University (then known as San Diego State College). Her first marriage broke up and she moved with her two children, Damon and Latanne, to Dallas, Texas, where she modeled for Neiman Marcus and worked as a cocktail hostess, intending to move on to New York City from there.Instead, Welch moved back to California, found a place in Los Angeles and started making the rounds of the movie studios. She was cast in bit parts in two films and in the television shows Bewitched, McHale’s Navy, and The Virginian, as well as on the weekly variety series The Hollywood Palace as a billboard girl and presenter of acts.Welch’s first featured role came in the beach film A Swingin’ Summer, which led to a contract with 20th Century Fox. She was subsequently cast in a leading role in the sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage (1966), which made her a star. She was the last star created under the studio system.[citation needed]On loan out to Hammer Studios in Britain, Welch starred in the remake of One Million Years B.C. striking an iconic pose in a prehistoric animal-skin bikini. Her publicity still for the film became a bestselling poster, and helped her be seen as one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. After her appearance as lust incarnate in the hit Bedazzled, she returned to the U.S. and appeared in the Western film Bandolero!, with James Stewart and Dean Martin, which was followed by the private-eye drama Lady in Cement with Frank Sinatra. Her looks and fame led Playboy to dub her the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970s.Welch’s most controversial role came in the notorious Myra Breckinridge. She took the part as the film’s transsexual heroine in an attempt to be taken seriously as an actress, but the movie turned out to be a dismal failure.In 1970, Welch teamed up with Tom Jones and producer/choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions[6] for the TV special Raquel!, considered by some viewers to be a classic pairing together of 1970s pop-culture icons in their prime.[citation needed] The multi million-dollar TV song-and-dance extravaganza was filmed around the world, from Paris to Mexico. The show featured lavish production numbers of classic songs from the era, extravagant costumes, and notable guest performances, including John Wayne and Bob Hope in the Wild West.


    Welch at the 39th Emmy Awards – Governor’s Ball – Sept. 1987The actress was due to star in an 1982 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, but was fired by the producers a few days into production (they claimed that the 40 year old was too old to play the character). She was replaced with Debra Winger. Welch successfully sued, collecting a $11 million settlement.[7]In addition to her TV special, Raquel!, her television appearances include the TV movies The Legend of Walks Far Woman and Right to Die in which she turned in a stirring performance as a woman stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and in the PBS series American Family, about a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles. She has appeared in the night-time soap opera Central Park West and made infomercials and exercise videos.In 1987, she flirted with a pop singing career, releasing the dance single “This Girl’s Back In Town.” She has performed in a one-woman nightclub musical act in Las Vegas and has starred on Broadway in Woman of the Year, receiving praise for following Lauren Bacall in the title role, and in Victor/Victoria, having less success following Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli in the title roles.In a 1997 episode of the comedy series Seinfeld entitled The Summer of George, Welch played a highly temperamental version of herself, assaulting series characters Kramer and Elaine, the former because he fired her from an acting job and the latter because Welch mistakenly thought that Elaine was mocking her. She also appeared as a guest on the American TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, as Sabrina’s flamboyant Aunt Vesta.In 2001, she had a supporting role in the hit film Legally Blonde opposite Reese Witherspoon. She also appeared in Welcome to the Captain,
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    hich premiered on CBS television on February 4, 2008.

    In 1974, Welch won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the TV drama Right to Die (1987).

    The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program was published in 1984. The book, written by Welch with photographs by André Weinfeld, includes a Hatha Yoga fitness program, her views on healthy living/nutrition, as well as beauty and personal style. As a businesswoman, Welch succeeded with her signature line of wigs. She also began a jewelry and skincare line, although neither of those ventures compared to the success of her wig collection HAIRuWEAR.[8]In January 2007, Welch was selected as the newest face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon series. Her line features several limited edition makeup shades in glossy black and tiger print packaging.[9] As of June 2010, she is featured in several television ads for sunglasses by Foster Grant.[10]

    Welch has been married to

    • James Welch (1959–1964), publicist and agent; divorced
    • Patrick Curtis (1967–1972), director and producer; divorced
    • Andre Weinfeld (1980–1990); divorced
    • Richard Palmer (1999), from whom she is currently (as of 2010) separated.[11]

    Welch is the mother of Damon Welch (born November 6, 1959) and actress Tahnee Welch (born Latanne Rene Welch, December 26, 1961). Tahnee followed her mother’s December 1979 example and appeared on the cover of Playboy in the November 1995 issue.[12]

    • A House Is Not a Home (1964)
    • Roustabout (1964)
    • A Swingin’ Summer (1965)
    • Do Not Disturb (1965)
    • The Queens (1966)
    • Fantastic Voyage (1966)
    • One Million Years B.C. (1966)
    • Shoot Loud, Louder… I Don’t Understand (1966)
    • The Oldest Profession (1967)
    • Fathom (1967)
    • Bedazzled (1967)
    • Bandolero! (1968)
    • The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968)
    • Lady in Cement (1968)
    • 100 Rifles (1969)
    • Flareup (1969)
    • The Magic Christian (1969)
    • The Beloved (1970)
    • Myra Breckinridge (1970)
    • Hannie Caulder (1971)
    • Bluebeard (1972)
    • Fuzz (1972)
    • Kansas City Bomber (1972)
    • The Last of Sheila (1973)
    • The Three Musketeers (1973)
    • The Four Musketeers (1974)
    • The Wild Party (1975)
    • Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
    • Crossed Swords, a.k.a. the Prince and the Pauper (UK title) (1977)
    • The Animal (1977)
    • Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994) (Cameo)
    • Chairman of the Board (1998)
    • What I Did for Love (1998)
    • Get Bruce (1999) (documentary)
    • Tortilla Soup (2001)
    • Legally Blonde (2001)
    • Forget About It (2006)

    • Raquel! (1970)
    • Really Raquel (1974)
    • NBC‘s Saturday Night Live (host, April 24, 1976)
    • The Muppet Show
    • Mork & Mindy 2 Episodes (1979)
    • From Raquel with Love (1980)
    • The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982)
    • Right to Die (1987)
    • Scandal in a Small Town (1988)
    • Trouble in Paradise (1989)
    • Tainted Blood (1993)
    • Torch Song (1993)
    • Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (1993) (voice)
    • Lois & Clark (Diana Stride) Season 2 Episode 35 “Top Copy” (1995)
    • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Episode #08 (“Third Aunt From the Sun”) as Aunt Vesta (1996)
    • Central Park West (1996–1997)
    • Seinfeld (1997)
    • Spin City (1997, 2000) 3 episodes
    • Jim Brown: All-American (2002)
    • American Family (2002–2004) 8 episodes
    • 8 Simple Rules (2004)
    • Welcome to The Captain (2008) 5 episodes

    • Raquel Welch: Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage, Publisher: Weinstein Books (March 29, 2010), ISBN 978-1602860971

  • ^ Tavis Smiley . Shows . Raquel Welch . April 19, 2010 | PBS
  • ^ www.levante-emv.com (Spanish)
  • ^ Read Chapter 1 of Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage.
  • ^ Raquel Welch Biography (1940-). Film Reference.com.
  • ^ Raquel Welch, Reluctant Sex Symbol,Talks About Making Amends With Her Kids July 10, 2010
  • ^ Brown, Les (1971) [1971]. “Raquel!”. Television: The Business Behind the Box. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. pp. 187, 188. ISBN 9780156884402. 
  • ^ http://www.lesleyannjones.com, article on Raquel Welch
  • ^ HAIRuWEAR
  • ^ Pittilla, Mary Jane (2007-02-02). “Raquel Welch becomes MAC beauty icon”. http://www.moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=33&doc_id=13184. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  • ^ The commercials may be seen at fostergrant.com.
  • ^ Andrews, Emily (2008-02-15). “Stunning at 67: Sixties sex siren Raquel Welch returns to TV”. Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=514411&in_page_id=1773. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  • ^ D’Orazio, Sante (November 1995). Playboy (U.S.) 42 (11): pp. 74–81. 
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    Bessie Love

    Bessie Love


    c. 1916 Born Juanita Horton
    September 10, 1898(1898-09-10)
    Midland, Texas, United States Died April 26, 1986 (aged 87)
    London, England, United Kingdom Occupation Actress Years active 1915–1983 Spouse(s) William Hawks (1929-1935) (divorced) 1 daughter

    Bessie Love (September 10, 1898 – April 26, 1986) was an American motion picture actress who achieved prominence mainly in the silent films and early talkie eras.[1] With a small frame and delicate features, she played innocent young girls, flappers, and wholesome leading ladies. In addition to her acting career, she wrote the 1919 movie A Yankee Princess.[2]

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    Love was born Juanita Horton in Midland, Texas. She attended school in Midland until she was in the eighth grade, when her chiropractor father moved his family to Hollywood. Bessie graduated from Los Angeles High School and then received from her parents (as a graduation present) of a trip around the United States. After six months of traveling, she finally returned home to Los Angeles.


    Bessie Love and Douglas Fairbanks in The Good Bad Man (1916), here listed under the title, Coyote o’ The Rio Grande.To help with the family’s financial situation, Love’s mother sent her to Biograph Studios, where she met pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Griffith, who introduced Bessie Love to films, also gave the actress her screen moniker. He gave her small roles in his films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and in Intolerance (1916). She also appeared opposite William S. Hart in The Aryan and with Douglas Fairbanks in The Good Bad Man, Reggie Mixes In, and The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (all 1916).In 1922 Love was selected one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars.[2][3] In 1923, she starred in Human Wreckage with Dorothy Davenport and produced by Thomas Ince.As her roles got larger, so did her popularity. She performed the Charleston in the movie The King on Main Street in 1925. Also that same year she starred in The Lost World, a science fiction adventure based on the novel of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Three years later she starred in The Matinee Idol, a romantic comedy directed by a young Frank Capra.


    Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd.Love was able to successfully transition to talkies, and in 1929 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Broadway Melody. She also appeared in several other early musicals including The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Chasing Rainbows (1930), Good News (1930), and They Learned About Women (1930).However, by 1932 her American film career was in decline. She moved to England in 1935 and did stage work and occasional films there. As war came in Europe she returned to the US for a while, worked for the Red Cross, and entertained the troops. After the war she moved back to Britain where she kept her main residence, and continued to play small film roles for film companies in both the US and Britain. She appeared in films like The Barefoot Contessa (1954) with Humphrey Bogart, and as an American tourist in The Greengage Summer (1961) starring Kenneth More.[3] She also played a small role as an American tourist in the James Bond thriller On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).Her career came to a quick halt soon after that however, and she moved permanently to the United Kingdom, becoming a British citizen. She made a comeback in the 1980s with roles in Ragtime (1981), Warren Beatty‘s Reds (1981), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981) and (her final film) The Hunger (1983) starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. During her lifetime, Love featured in 131 films and TV episodes.[2]

    In 1977 she published an autobiography, From Hollywood with Love. She was at this time living comfortably in a flat overlooking London’s Clapham Common and had recently appeared in a television account of the abdication of King Edward VIII.She recorded that during World War II in Britain when she found acting work hard to come by she had been the “continuity girl” on the film drama San Demetrio London, an account of a ship badly damaged in the Atlantic but whose crew managed to bring her to port. She also says she had regular diet in the post-war era of stage roles as an American Tourist and similar roles, and was “Aunt Pittypat” in a large-scale musical version of Gone With the Wind.Love was married once, from 1929 to 1935, to film producer William Hawks (the brother of film director Howard Hawks), and she had a daughter from that marriage. Love died in London, England from natural causes on April 26, 1986.She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

  • ^ Obituary Variety, April 30, 1986.
  • ^ a b c Bessie Love – Biography
  • ^ a b © Bessie Love – Silent and Sound Film Actress – goldensilents.com
  • Bernie Dexter

    Bernie Dexter is an American model. She lives in San Diego, California, and is married to neo-rockabilly musician Levi Dexter.

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    When she was 18, she won Miss Teen San Diego County and initially pursued a career in acting and modelling.[1] She trained at cosmetology school, first working for Make-up Art Cosmetics and then working freelance on photoshoots.[2] It was on one of these shoots, in 2002, that Dexter was photographed herself. She entered the photographs in the Viva Las Vegas pin-up contest and got such good feedback that she decided to concentrate on being a pin-up model.[3]

    In an article on 7 March 2008, German tabloid Bild dubbed Dexter the queen of pin-ups (die Königin des Pin-ups) and asked if she is the new Dita Von Teese.[4] This came about from her work with the online, German-based webshop Ars Vivendi.[5]

  • ^ http://www.retroradar.com/bernie-dexter/
  • ^ Bernie Dexter, Corset Model. Corset Art, pictures and models from Corsetheaven
  • ^ Java’s Bachelor Pad: Bernie Dexter
  • ^ Seitentitel – Bild.de
  • ^ Ars Vivendi.com