Barbara Stanwyck photographed in a sweater with her nickname “Missy” on it.
Well, I have a negro maid (Harriett Coray), she’s been with me 30 years, and she’s not a maid she’s a friend. When she first came to work for me in 1938 or 9 she started calling me Missy, and the crews gradually picked it up and so did my family. I like it very much because she gave it to me - and I love her.
- Barbara Stanwyck
Humphrey Bogart in “Dark Victory” (1939)
Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor peek at gift packages on the liner Queen Elizabeth February 4, 1947
Rest in Peace William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 – March 5th, 1984
William Powell, the dapper, sophisticated leading man of scores of films during the 1930s and 1940s and the wise-cracking detective in “Thin Man” movie series, died today. He was 91. Powell died at 5:45am of “old age”. The attending physician, Dr. Irving Hirshleifer said, “The old gentleman went very nicely, with his wife Diana holding his hand until the very end.” Powell, perhaps best known for his role as the suave detective Nick Charkes, despite the old age, retained the deep resonant voice that, along with his impeccable attire, contributed to his stature as a dashing leading man. | Spokane Chronicle; Mar 5, 1984
“Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance. His delivery is so droll and insinuating, so knowing and innocent at the same time, that it hardly matters what he’s saying. | Roger Ebert
“Sleep tight, Angel | Evy
Barbara Stanwyck, 1934
I love her. She’s one of the greats. She’s all female, and about the kickiest thing that can happen to a man is to dance with her. She dances so fine and so close that if you were in a snowbank you couldn’t catch cold. I dance with her every chance I get and I’ve one sorrow: I wish she liked older men.
- George Burns
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart at the 1951 Oscars. Bogart had just won for his work in The African Queen.
Eva Perón, or Evita as she is often known, was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. She rose to great popularity among the working class, her “descamisados.” She grew up in poverty herself and went from actress to mistress then wife of Colonel Perón. When he became President, she became the first lady of Argentina. She began “The Foundation Eva Perón” to help the poor. She would meet with people in need herself and take their requests for what they needed, often kissing and hugging people with deadly diseases against the advice of others. When told not to kiss a woman with her lip half eaten away by syphilis she replied “Do you know what it will mean when I kiss her?" She would often work 22 hours a day, coming home at dawn and sleeping for two hours, then going back to her charity work. She was devoted to her people and to Perón. Shortly before her untimely death at age 33 from cancer, Perón was re-elected. She was so determined to ride through Buenos Aires for the re-election ceremonies, they had to make a frame to hold her dying body up as she could no longer support herself. At 8:25pm on July 26th the "Spiritual Leader of The Nation" died.
Barbara Stanwyck + Academy Award Nominations
Good friends Lauren Bacall and David Niven arrive at the premiere of ‘The Barefoot Contessa’, 1954
can we all just take a minute to thank the lord for Lauren Bacall’s existence
A case in point was the “swear box” that she installed on every set where she worked. The idea was that anyone on the stage who said a naughty word must atone by dropping a coin into the box, the collection to be given to charity.
"Put a coin in the swear box," said Loretta.
"What?" said Stanwyck, who’d never before heard of this flummery.
"You said bad words," twinkled Loretta. "You have to pay for it." She pointed to the box.
Stanwyck raised her eyes heavenward. "Oh, for Christ’s sake!" She fished in her purse and withdrew a quarter. "There," she said. "There’s twenty-five cents for your goddamn swear box."