Walking in High Heels

 

Walking in High Heels

 

THE GLAMOROUS LIFE

ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF BEING BEAUTIFUL BUT YET POWERFUL WOMEN.

Before I start posting pictures, of these classics, Glamorous Women, of the 50’s; which I have not included all, but most of the ones I have, reading their biographies were really amazing. Not only talented, beautiful but unbeknownst to me, some also REFLECTING two lives, in the secret history of their past. What they endeavored, and how they became these iconic beauties, which some of us never knew, I know I didn’t, Other than them being so glamorous and their talents in movies and a few known facts here and there; they were movie stars. Some far more than that. Their accomplishments, egregious lives to endure, and lives, from where they came from, and how they got there.
I know I couldn’t have done it.

Behind all their beauty and glamor,
I guess, The Mirror does have Two Faces.

To live up to the glamour, Hollywood made them be so perfect; in front of camera’s, not too many know, the inside of their souls, and what really STRONG women they were. Some demised peacefully, others crumbled like a dried rose, with the public not knowing them, then, at all.

After their curtain call, some lived a reclusive life; not holding up to their, beauty. Glamourous, Yes; Powerful, Indeed, Perseverance was An Absolute.

and; yes beautiful photos of them all, Iconic Beauties; that will live on.

A REFLECTION OF THEIR BEAUTY AND GLAMOUR,
for which most of us have known them for. For some, far much more.

 

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AUDREY HEPBURN

Audrey Hepburn would have celebrated her 86th birthday on May 4th. The actress was only 63 years old when she died of cancer in 1993, but she packed more living into her time on earth than most people could do in a century. Everyone knows that she was the designer Givenchy’s muse, that she retired from Here are six lesser-known facts about Audrey Hepburn:
Audrey Hepburn Helped The Resistance During World War II, But Her Parents Were Nazi Sympathizers

Hepburn’s activism during World War II was always a part of her official biography. The British-born actress moved to Holland during the war because her Dutch mother believed they would be safe in a country that had pledged to stay neutral. The Nazis invaded anyway. Hepburn, like millions of others, nearly starved when the Nazis cut off food supplies. Her envied slender figure was the result of being malnourished during adolescence. She and her aunt at tulip bulbs.

According to legend, the teenaged Hepburn did what she could to support the Resistance. During her screen test for Roman Holiday, she recalled performing ballet for audiences that were afraid to applaud because they didn’t want the Nazis to catch them. She donated the money she earned from her recitals to the Resistance.

Like many other Dutch children, she occasionally acted as a courier, delivering papers and money from one group of resistance workers to another. Children were given this work because the Nazis were unlikely to search them. Hepburn’s Hollywood handlers would publicize her bravery during the war, but they did their best to hide the fact that her parents were rooting for the Nazis.

Hepburn reunited with her father Joseph Ruston in the 1960s.

Hepburn’s father, Joseph, who abandoned her when she was a little girl, and her mother, Ella, were members of the British Union of Fascists. In 1935, they toured Germany with other members of the organization, including the notorious Mitford sisters, British aristocrats who were jailed for their Nazi sympathies. After Hepburn’s parents divorced, Ella returned to Germany to attend the Nuremberg rallies and wrote an enthusiastic account of the experience for the fascist magazine The Blackshirt. Joseph was investigated by the British House of Commons for receiving seed money to start a newspaper from Germans with ties to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. He was imprisoned as an enemy of the state for the duration of the war.

During the 1950s, it would have been disastrous for Hepburn’s squeaky clean image if it were known that her parents were Nazi sympathizers. By today’s standards, her rejection of her parents’ racist ideology makes her even more admirable
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Audrey Hepburn Had A Passionate Affair With William Holden During the Filming of Sabrina.

Audrey Hepburn Sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK the Year After Marilyn Monroe. Did Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe’s images were diametrically opposed to each other. Monroe was the voluptuous, ditzy sexpot while Hepburn was sophisticated and elegant.

In fact, Truman Capote, who wrote the novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wanted Monroe to play Holly Golightly in the film because he thought she would be more believable as a call girl. The character had to be changed significantly to fit Hepburn, though the result was an iconic, influential film.

Hepburn in her iconic role of Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Truman Capote had wanted Marilyn Monroe cast as Holly and was upset when Hepburn was given the part.

If the two actresses ever went out for cocktails together, they might have discovered that they had a common ex: President John F. Kennedy. When JFK was still an unmarried senator, he dated Hepburn. Their relationship was neither scandalous nor serious.

Monroe became Kennedy’s mistress during his presidency and famously sang a sultry version of “Happy Birthday” to him at his birthday party. The next year, Hepburn was the movie star tasked with singing to the president on his birthday. Nobody remembers that far more appropriate performance.

Exuberate Class and Grace

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner was born on December 24, 1922, in Grabtown, North Carolina. Gardner signed a contract to be an actress with MGM in 1941, but it wasn’t until her appearance in 1946’s The Killers that she became a star. Gardner’s off-screen life was often as dramatic as the roles she played, with marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra. Gardner died on January 25, 1990, at age 67, in London, England.
Ava Lavinia Gardner was born in Grabtown, North Carolina, on December 24, 1922. She was her parents’ seventh child. When Gardner was 2 years old, she and her family were forced to leave their tobacco farm. Her father then worked as a sharecropper, while her mother ran a boardinghouse. The family always struggled financially, a situation that worsened when Gardner’s father died when she was 16.
Ava Gardner was studying to be a secretary when her photographer brother-in-law sent pictures of her to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A striking beauty with dark hair and green eyes, Gardner’s photos convinced the studio to give her a screen test. This led to her signing a seven-year, $50/week contract with MGM in 1941, when Gardner was 18 years old
Upon her arrival in Hollywood, Ava Gardner was put into the MGM studio system to learn how to be an actress. Her thick Southern accent made speech lessons a required part of her training. Gardner was shy and intimidated by the process of appearing on camera, and, thusly, would sometimes drink beforehand to calm her nerves.
Limited to bit parts at first, Gardner slowly worked her way up to larger roles. But it wasn’t until she was loaned to Universal Studios to appear as seductress Kitty Collins in 1946’s The Killers that Gardner became a star. That success led to the actress landing better parts in movies like The Hucksters (1947), Show Boat (1951) and The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952). She also appeared in Mogambo (1953), a role that earned Gardner her only Academy Award nomination.
Even as her acting career developed, Gardner’s beauty was always a large part of her appeal. For her role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954), as a dancer whose rags-to-riches story echoed Gardner’s own, MGM touted her as “The World’s Most Beautiful Animal.”
Ava Gardner’s life in Hollywood was also busy off camera. She met actor Mickey Rooney on her first studio visit in California. Rooney, then at the height of his career, ardently pursued her. As Gardner, heeding her North Carolina upbringing, was determined to remain a virgin until marriage, they wed in 1942, after first receiving permission from MGM. The two separated a year later, amid Gardner’s accusations that Rooney had been unfaithful.
With the end of her first marriage, the down-to-earth Gardner’s reputation for drinking, smoking and partying grew. She also became close with playboy Howard Hughes. Although Gardner refused to sleep with Hughes, she remained an object of fascination for the reclusive man for years. Gardner had another short marriage, from 1945 to 1946, to bandleader Artie Shaw. During their time together, Shaw tried to mold Gardner, who was already insecure about her lack of education, with suggested reading lists.
Gardner rarely shied away from romantic entanglements, and her partners ranged from co-stars to Spanish matadors. Her real-life femme fatale reputation peaked when she became involved with singer Frank Sinatra, whom she considered the love of her life. After Sinatra left his wife to be with Gardner, the two married in 1951. Unfortunately, their passion often boiled over into jealous fights, and the two separated and reconciled several times before finally divorcing in 1957.
Gardner left her MGM contract in 1958 but continued to appear in movies, including On the Beach (1959) and The Night of the Iguana (1964). Gardner received fewer job offers as the years passed, working only sporadically.
After living in Spain for several years, Gardner moved to London, England, in 1968. She remained close to Sinatra, who called her hospital room after her 1986 stroke and later helped with her medical bills. Ava Gardner died from pneumonia in London on January 25, 1990, at the age of 67. She was buried next to her parents in North Carolina.

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MARYLIN MONROE

Marilyn Monroe remains to date, the biggest star that Hollywood has ever known. Achingly beautiful, stunningly glamorous and the height of feminine appeal, Marilyn Monroe has created the everlasting image of a blonde bombshell, leaving appeal that continues to influence women today. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles, 1926, Norma Jeane spent the majority of her childhood in foster care before marrying James Dougherty and working in the Radio Planes Munitions factory. Here, it wasn’t long before she was spotted, and signed up with a modeling agency before attracting the attention of 20th Century Fox Executive Ben Lyons, launching the start of her legendary film career.

On screen, Marilyn was often typecast as the typical ‘dumb blonde’. Clad in an array of figure-hugging and extravagant dresses; these flaunted her overtly feminine curves and created an image of extreme sexuality. One of the most famous images of her is from promoting her film “The Seven Year Itch”. This photo featured the actress in a white, pleated mid-length dress, complete with a halter neck tie and plunging neckline, whilst standing over a grate with her skirt blowing up around her. The dress was eventually sold for 2.8 million.

Off screen, Marilyn’s chosen daytime look was as far away from the glamorous and Hollywood lifestyle as possible. She preferred high-waisted trousers and shorts, paired with a classic black crop top. Wide V-shaped necklines also were a favorite, highlighting her shoulders and neck. High-waisted bikinis were also often seen on the star, emphasizing her womanly figure.

Monroe’s beauty signature became famous in itself. A natural brunette, early on in her career the young actress dyes her hair peroxide blonde to meet the demands of the film industry, and from then on forever styled her hair in big soft curls just above her chin, complete in a side parting. From a young age, Marilyn had been captivated by the 1930’s actress Jean Harlow and turned to her for beauty inspiration. Full scarlet lips, a flick of black eyeliner, thick arched brows and a unique beauty mark all created Marilyn’s sultry and sexually seductive image, whilst paying tribute to Harlow.

In the late forties, Monroe signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and starred in numerous small roles. After the flop of “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, Monroe shot to the height of her fame in “The Seven Year Itch”, which became a huge success and led to her signing a new contract with 20th Century Fox. The four films that she was signed to make included “Bus Stop”, “The Prince and the Showgirl”, “Some Like It Hot” and “Let’s Make Love”. For two of the films, she was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA. However, it was also in this period that her health began to decline and she began to be treated by a psychiatrist.
There is no doubt that Marilyn Monroe was a genuinely talented actress, even though she promoted the image of herself as a ditzy blonde, she undeniably wasn’t. She led a troubled life, and struggled with long-term mental illness, hindering her journey to find true happiness. August 1962, Monroe died following a drug overdose and was placed in a crypt in Los Angeles.

“Will Never be Forgotten

Marlene Dietrich, 1930's
Marlene Dietrich

German stamp issued in 1997 in the Women in German history series
Dietrich was a fashion icon to the top designers as well as a screen icon that later stars would follow. She once said, “I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men.”[80] Her public image included openly defying sexual norms, and she was known for her androgynous film roles and her bisexuality.
A significant volume of academic literature, especially since 1975, analyses Dietrich’s image, as created by the film industry, within various theoretical frameworks, including that of psycho-analysis. Emphasis is placed, inter alia, on the “fetishistic” manipulation of the female image.
Commemorative Plaque at her birth-house in Berlin
In 1992, a plaque was unveiled at Leberstraße 65 in Berlin-Schöneberg, the site of Dietrich’s birth. A postage stamp bearing her portrait was issued in Germany on 14 August 1997.

Luxury pen manufacturer MontBlanc produced a limited edition “Marlene Dietrich” pen to commemorate Dietrich’s life. It is platinum-plated and has an encrusted deep blue sapphire.

For some Germans, Dietrich remained a controversial figure for having sided with Nazi Germany’s foes during the Second World War. In 1996, after some debate, it was decided not to name a street after her in Berlin-Schöneberg, her birthplace.[83] However, on 8 November 1997, the central Marlene-Dietrich-Platz was unveiled in Berlin to honour her. The commemoration reads: Berliner Weltstar des Films und des Chansons. Einsatz für Freiheit und Demokratie, für Berlin und Deutschland (“Berlin world star of film and song. Dedication to freedom and democracy, to Berlin and Germany”).

Dietrich was made an honorary citizen of Berlin on 16 May 2002. Translated from German, her memorial plaque reads
The U.S. Government awarded Dietrich the Medal of Freedom for her war work. Dietrich has been quoted as saying this was the honor of which she was most proud in her life. They also awarded her with the Operation Entertainment Medal. The French Government made her a Chevalier (later upgraded to Commander) of the Légion d’honneur and a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her other awards include the Medallion of Honor of the State of Israel, the Fashion Foundation of America award and a Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold (Belgium).[84]

In 2000 a German biopic film Marlene was made, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier and starring Katja Flint as Dietrich.[85]
The U.S. Government awarded Dietrich the Medal of Freedom for her war work. Dietrich has been quoted as saying this was the honor of which she was most proud in her life. They also awarded her with the Operation Entertainment Medal. The French Government made her a Chevalier (later upgraded to Commandeur) of the Légion d’honneur and a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her other awards include the Medallion of Honor of the State of Israel, the Fashion Foundation of America award and a Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold (Belgium).[84]

In 2000 a German biopic film Marlene was made, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier and starring Katja Flint as Dietrich.[85]Berlin Memorial Plaque

Actress and Singer
She was one of the few German actresses that attained international significance.
Despite tempting offers by the Nazi regime, she emigrated to the USA and became an American citizen.
In 2002, the city of Berlin posthumously made her an honorary citizen.
“I am, thank God, a Berliner.”
Funded by the GASAG Berlin Gasworks Corporation.
The U.S. Government awarded Dietrich the Medal of Freedom for her war work. Dietrich has been quoted as saying this was the honor of which she was most proud in her life. They also awarded her with the Operation Entertainment Medal. The French Government made her a Chevalier (later upgraded to Commandeur) of the Légion d’honneur and a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her other awards include the Medallion of Honor of the State of Israel, the Fashion Foundation of America award and a Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold (Belgium).[84]
In 2000 a German biopic film Marlene was made, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier and starring Katja Flint as Dietrich.

Estate[edit]
On 24 October 1993, the largest portion of Dietrich’s estate was sold to the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek—after U.S. institutions showed no interest—where it became the core of the exhibition at the Filmmuseum Berlin. The collection includes: over 3,000 textile items from the 1920s to the 1990s, including film and stage costumes as well as over a thousand items from Dietrich’s personal wardrobe; 15,000 photographs, by Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, George Hurrell, Lord Snowdon and Edward Steichen; 300,000 pages of documents, including correspondence with Burt Bacharach, Yul Brynner, Maurice Chevalier, Noël Coward, Jean Gabin, Ernest Hemingway, Karl Lagerfeld, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, Erich Maria Remarque, Josef von Sternberg, Orson Welles and Billy Wilder; as well as other items like film posters and sound recordings.[86]

The contents of Dietrich’s Manhattan apartment, along with other personal effects such as jewelry and items of clothing, were sold by public auction by Sotheby’s (Los Angeles) on 1 November 1997.[87] The apartment itself (located at 993 Park Avenue) was sold for $615,000 in 1998.

“Tell me, where have all the flowers gone”
Marlene Dietrich
27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992

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