Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Series: The Beauty of Retrospect, September Actress Edition!

I'm still a little ahead of myself in featuring new subjects on this blog, so to get more in line with an average of a hundred pictures a year as this blog nears its ninth anniversary later this month (September 2015) - and reaches a thousand different women by September 2016 - I'm devoting this September to look back at actresses I've featured here before.  Some of them have been featured here recently, while there are some that I haven't revisited for the longest time.

Either way, I can assure you that you're going to enjoy these retrospectives of these lovely thespians.

Back soon with the first post in the series! :-) 

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect: Pam Suthern

This is the first time I've looked at seventies model Pam Suthern since I first featured her in May 2012.

While she did ads for cosmetics brands and the like, she also modeled for clothing ads.  This picture is from an ad for the St. John brand at the old Jacobson's department store chain, and it appeared in the August 1976 issue of the U.S. edition of Vogue.

She has that look that many would call "fierce." :-)

Coming in September - a new retrospective series!  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect: Chris Royer and Nancy Dutiel, 1976

How's this for a find? :-D

Although Chris Royer (left) is known today as a Halston muse and Nancy Dutiel is best known as the Lancôme spokesmodel who preceded Isabella Rossellini, they have several other credits in their portfolios.  And in this photo, from an advertisement that appeared in the March 1976 issue of the U.S. edition of Vogue, they appear together.

How much beauty can you stand? :-D  

The ad was for McNamara suits, the text of the ad boasting of the durability of their Du Pont-engineered Dacron polyester fabric.

Better fashion through chemistry?  Aw, heck, Chris Royer and Nancy Dutiel never needed synthetic fabric to look stylish. :-)     

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect: Maria Hanson

I'm going to devote the rest of August 2015 to more model retrospectives. :-)

I have two more pictures of Swedish model Maria Hanson, whom I last featured in June 2014.  The color photo below is from a 1977 Coty ad, while the black-and-white photo depicts her in closeup.

The black-and-white photo is more stunning, because it brings out the loveliness of her smile as well as that of her piercing eyes. :-) 

Yes, I know she was a Maidenform lingerie model, and i know some of you have been yearning to see examples of that line of her work. Sorry I've been slow to include any of them. I will, eventually. I just haven't started yet.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Special Post: Debara Bertin, Alternate-Version Photo

Back in March 2013, I showed a very stunning headshot of model Debara Bertin in an early-1980s ad for Revlon's European Collagen Complex cream, taken very close up to emphasize the product's effectiveness.  I wasn't happy with the quality of that version, so I'm posting this much sharper and more vivid version of that same photo that I have since found.

As noted earlier, Debara Bertin, an American model, worked extensively in France, and she appeared in several fashion and beauty ads and publications. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Actress Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer is best known for her portrayal of lawyer Claire Simms on the TV law drama "Boston Legal."

On that show, which ran on ABC from 2004 to 2008 (and also starred James Spader, currently on NBC's "The Blacklist"),  Claire was a savvy lawyer with a penchant for flirting with witnesses.

Ms. Zimmer now plays Quinn King on "UnREAL," a drama about a fictional reality show,  Quinn is the show's executive producer, and she keeps pushing the envelope on this fictional reality drama to make it less reality and more drama. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Venezuelan actress Gabriela Spanic

Name any top TV actress in America, and she probably isn't as big here as Gabriela Spanic is in Venezuela.

Ms. Spanic,  who is of Croatian descent on her father's side, is the queen of the telenovela, the Latin American equivalent of a soap opera, in Venezuela.  Staring out as a model, she quickly made it into acting with many lead and supporting television roles.  For four years beginning in 1998, she played twin sisters in the telenovela "La Usurpadora" ("The Usurper"). It was shown in more than 160 countries and became one of most popular telenovelas in Spanish-speaking countries.

Fun fact:  While she played twins on TV, Gabriela Spanic actually has a twin sister - Daniela Spanic. She too is an actress.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Business newswoman Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers is a more recent addition to the CNBC on-air family. :-)

She joined the financial/consumer channel in September 2014, and she covers small-business news and provides stories to CNBC and its sister Web site on a daily basis. She worked as a personal-finance and small-business reporter before joining CNBC as well.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

British actress Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike got an incredible amount of favorable attention as the missing wife in the 2014 film adaption of the novel Gone Girl, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

The British actress first came to people's attention in the James Bond movie Die Another Day but soon defied that rule that Bond girls only go on to become former Bond girls. She soon distinguished herself in movies such as An Education (2009) an Made In Dagenham (2010), both sixties-period films.  She played a con man's girlfriend in the former movie, which was set in 1961, and, in the latter, played a sewing machinist in the upholstery section of the Ford of Europe car factory in Dagenham, England.  The movie was about the 1968 women's strike there that led Parliament in 1970 to pass a law guaranteeing equal pay for women in Britain, a concept Americans still have a problem with.  (American and British attitudes toward pay equality are as different as the Fords made in either country.) 

Ms. Pike more recently played Queen Andromeda in 2012's Wrath of the Titans, and she's played the the title role in a 2010 production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dainsh actress Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen, originally from Denmark, became a major star after playing the wife of Roman gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius (played by Russell  Crowe) in the 2000 movie Gladiator.

She also made a notable impression in the Robin Williams movie One Hour Photo, playing the wife and mother of a family Williams' photo-processor character is fanatically obsessed with.

Ms. Nielsen had broken in to cinema through roles in a few European movies, but it was her role in the 1997 Al Pacino/Keanu Reeves move The Devil's Advocate that led to her international breakthrough.  Having turned fifty in July 2015, she remains active today.

Fun fact: She dated Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich for four years beginning in 2004. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cilla Black: 1943-2015

It is with great sadness that I must report the death of one of my earlier subjects on this blog.  British  singer Cilla Black, whom I featured in July 2010 as part of a series devoted to female British singers, died yesterday in Spain at 72.

Black, born Priscilla White in Liverpool, was a friend of the Beatles and was determined to be a professional singer.  She worked as a coat-check girl in Liverpool's Cavern Club to get her foot in the door and ultimately got Brian Epstein to take her on as one of his clients. She gained her stage name when local music writer Bill Harry reviewed her show and misremembered her surname.  She liked "Black" over "White" and so went by "Black."

In addition to recording songs by her good friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney - three of which, "Loved Of the Loved," "It's For You," and Step Inside Love," were given away by the Beatles for her to record - she covered songs from the Righteous Brothers and also did Burt Bacharach tunes.  She never became a big star in the United States like her fellow Britishers Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark did, mainly because she didn't like spending a lot of time away from England.  But she became an institution in the United Kingdom, so much that she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

My post of Cilla Black from July 2010 will remain on this blog, but, as always, I will not be featuring her again going forward, as I do not feature women who are deceased.

As a memorial to her, I offer to my followers this 2015 remaster of the appropriately titled "It's For You." 


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Maye Musk, Model Nutritionist

Maye Musk is a veteran model with an impressive background.

Having been a model since the 1960s, the Canadian-born Mrs. Musk,  currently based in California, has worked and lived all over the world.  A registered dietitian and nutritionist, he runs her own nutrition business, and she's worked closely with various institutions, including hospitals and universities all over the world.

Full disclosure requires me to state that she's one of my Facebook friends from the modeling trade.  Yes, she's the mother of space/auto entrepreneur Elon Musk.  No, I can't get you a good deal on a Tesla. :-P 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Journalist and critic Pia Lindström

Like her half-sister Isabella Rossellini, who followed their mother Ingrid Bergman into an acting career, Pia Lindström tried her hand at films, appearing in the 1965 Italian move The Possessed.  But it turned out that her forte was reviewing movies instead of appearing in them.

The daughter of Ingrid Bergman and neurosurgeon Petter Lindström, Pia Lindström chose to stake out a career as a broadcast journalist, first reporting for KGO-TV in San Francisco in the late sixties.  She eventually made her way to WNBC-TV in New York, where she became an anchorwoman and then a theater and movie correspondent and critic.

Ms. Lindström was fair and impartial as an arts journalist.  She could interview a movie star one day and give negative review to that same star's movie another day if she thought the film deserved it.

Though she left television in 1997, Pia Lindström is still active in media. She hosts "Pia Lindström Presents," a radio show on the Sirius XM satellite network, where she interviews literary figures and film directors. 

I love this woman. She saved me from seeing many a bad movie. :-)  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Still More Jerry Hall

I don't have any more about Jerry Hall that I can say.

However, I do have more about Jerry Hall that I can show . . .

. . . in black and white as well as color! :-D

It's been a slow month here at this blog, so I figured I had room for a third post show three more pictures of the legendary model.  Hope you enjoy it. :-)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

More Jerry Hall!

Because I know you want more Jerry Hall . . . ;-)

As an actress, Jerry Hall started out treading lightly rather than overtly capitalizing on her modeling celebrity, appearing in small roles on film and honing her thespian skills in small stage productions. 

You may be aware, for example, that she made her London West End debut playing Cherie in a production of William Inge's Bus Stop in 1990.  What you may not know is that she'd tried out the role in a 1988 production at . . . Montclair State College (now Montclair State University) in New Jersey, two years earlier.  So she was ready for London. 

She also played Mrs. Robinson in a Broadway production of The Graduate. :-D

It makes sense that Jerry Hall would play a middle-aged seductress, because she still remains seductive in, as of this writing, her late fifties (she turned 59 years old on July 2, 2015).  The picture above and the picture below are both from 2014. 

And, oh, yes, "Jerry" isn't short for Geraldine or anything like that - it's actually her birth name. :-D

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Model/actress Jerry Hall

Do I have to explain who this is? :-D

Jerry Hall, of course was one of the biggest fashion and beauty models of the seventies and eighties, and certainly one of the top blonde models of that period.  To list all of the magazine editorials and commercial work she did would likely take more bandwidth than can handle.

Although she's most famously associated with Mick Jagger, he was not the first British rock star the Texas-born-and-raised Ms. Hall was linked to.  She was briefly engaged to Roxy Music frontman  Bryan Ferry and posed for the cover of that band's album Siren.

Many aspiring models dream of being discovered in whatever town they come from and going to the French Riviera, but Ms. Hall was actually discovered there while staying in a local hostel.  By the end of the 1980s, she was beginning an acting career, appearing in the 1989 movie Batman and playing the girlfriend of the character played by Jack Nicholson, the gangster who later becomes the Joker.  They shared the best exchange in the entire movie.  She: "You look fine."  He: "I didn't ask." 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Actress Caitlin FitzGerald

Caitlin FitzGerald has distinguished herself on the Showtime cable channel's "Masters of Sex," a series chronicling (with some artistic license) the work of 1950s human-sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Ms. FitzGerald plays Libby Masters, William Masters' wife, whom he eventually left to marry Johnson.  The online magazine Indiewire describes her character with considerable respect and detail: "Libby Masters is a character who could easily have come across as insipid instead of likable and poignant . . ..  FitzGerald fully conveys Libby's willowy fragility, her fairly sheltered outlook and girlishness - she sometimes calls her husband "Daddy" - while making it clear she isn't a simple stand-in for conservative values or cluelessness . . . FitzGerald makes Libby's perceptiveness and her transparency clear."

She has been in movies such as It's Complicated (as the daughter of Meryl Streep's character) and the indie movie Newlyweds, playing a newlywed woman in a relationship that becomes, well, complicated when her sister comes to live with her and her husband.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Actress Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland may be the oldest woman I've featured on this blog.  Not to mention one of the most distinguished.

The famous movie actress turned 99 earlier this month (July 2015), and not only is she alive and well as of this writing, but she's living in Paris. ;-)

Born to British parents, Olivia de Havilland grew up in California where she developed her acting abilities in her school drama clubs.  She hit the ground running in the early days of talking pictures, debuting as Hermia in the 1935 film version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.   She established herself with her performances as Maid Marian in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood and as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in 1939's Gone With the Wind, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She got her first Oscar, for Best Actress, for her performance as Josephine Norris in 1946's To Each His Own and earned a second Best Oscar Actress for her portrayal of Catherine Sloper in 1949's The Heiress.  And as Miriam Deering in 1964's Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, she held her own against the great Bette Davis.

She continued to work sporadically in the seventies and eighties, especially on television - she even appeared in an episode of "The Love Boat" once - and she earned a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination for playing the Dowager Empress Maria in the 1986 miniseries Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, about the Grand Duchess Anastasia, who was famously impersonated by many women after the Romanov dynasty (including Anastasia herself) was executed by the Bolsheviks.  (Fun fact:  This miniseries was Christian Bale;s first film.)

Olivia de Havilland is still alluring to her many admirers.  In 2012, historian David McCullough, seventeen years her junior, met her at a U.S. Embassy reception in Paris.  He kissed her, fulfilling a lifelong dream. :-)  

Another fun fact: Actress Joan Fontaine was her sister.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Fashion model Nancy Decker

The early 1980s saw a plethora of high-profile models named Nancy.  Nancy Donahue, Nancy Dutiel, Nancy DeWeir . . . oh, and did I happen to mention that their surnames all begin with the letter D?  Well, here's another Nancy D. from that era . . . Nancy Decker.

The Wisconsin-born beauty was discovered in Milwaukee by a talent scout from the Elite modeling agency in 1979 and encouraged to become a model.  By the end of 1980, she was already well-established, having appeared in various editions of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and Mademoiselle, and she even appeared in Gentlemen's Quarterly.      

She remained a mainstay of the modeling trade for much of the eighties, being represented by Elite in both New York and Los Angeles and by Viva in Paris. 

Ms. Decker helped define an era of style and beauty that, for obvious reasons, I like to call "the age of Nancy." ;-)   

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Model Shelby Coleman

Shelby Coleman is part of the latest generation of black fashion models.

The Illinois-born beauty has done editorial work for Marie Claire and New York magazine, and she has appeared in fashion shows for designers such as Christian Siriano and Sophie Theallet. 

As of this writing, she's only 23.  I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of her in the future. :-) 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Musical actress Laura Benanti

It's hard not to be into Broadway these days without noticing Laura Benanti.

The singer and actress has appeared in various stage productions in New York and has excelled in all of them.  In addition to her performances in the Broadway revue Swing! and her portrayal of Cinderella in a revival of Into the Woods, Ms. Benanti also played Claudia in a production of Nine, the musical based on Federico Fellini's movie , and her performance as Louise in 2008 Broadway production of Gypsy won her a Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

She's exhibited her singing and acting talents on television as well; she played Elsa Schraeder in NBC's live 2013 production of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp.

Fun fact: Ms. Benanti was briefly married to former Spin Doctors lead singer Chris Barron.

Friday, July 3, 2015

TV newswoman Sharyn Alfonsi

Sharyn Alfonsi has accomplished much in a career in broadcast journalism going back to the mid-nineties.

She's currently a reporter for the sports-news version of CBS's "60 Minutes"on the Showtime cable TV channel network, and she has also begun reporting for the regular "60 Minutes" program as well.

Ms. Alfoinsi worked for several local TV stations throughout the country, including WVEC–TV in Norfolk, Virginia, and also KIRO-TV in Seattle where she covered the riots that resulted from protests against a World Trade Organization meeting there in 1999.   

She became a CBS correspondent in 2004 after having worked for its Boston affiliate, WBZ-TV, but she left to join ABC four years later.  Since her return to CBS in 2012, she's  appeared on "CBS This Morning"in addition to her "60 Minutes" and "60 Minutes Sports duties.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Latest Numbers - Big Change!

I have now posted pictures of 902 different women on this blog.

I was going to wait until later to present my census and the latest statistics on the top ten posts, but a big change has necessitated me to do so now.  Look and see who's number three.  (Click on the graph to enlarge it and see it better.)

My March 2014 post of weather forecaster Stef Davis has displaced my February 2011 post of model/actress Joan Severance for the number-three spot.  I didn't think Joan would ever be severed from her third-place post, but Ms. Davis's popularity cannot be denied.  My second Stef Davis post, from May 2015, shouldn't take long to join the top ten and displace another post from the list entirely.

However, my July 2011 post of NBC reporter Kristen Welker and my September 2009 post of Sheila Johnson remain far, far ahead of any other, in first and second places, respectively.  That's unlikely to change soon.

I think. ;-)

These statistics are based on all individual posts of pageviews on this blog  since may 2010.  Some earlier statistical charts were based on pageviews going back farther than that, but that's for you.

Back soon with my 903rd subject . . . 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Gisele Zelauy

I found this stunning picture of Brazilian fashion model-turned-novelist Gisele Zealuy, whom I first featured in October 2013, while on Facebook earlier this month (June 2013).  Since her last name begins with a Z, I figured it would be a perfect way to end this retrospective series! :-D

The composition and the black-and-white film are stunning.

Coming soon . . . more new subjects. :-)   

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Eva Voorhees

The reason I'm connected with so many models is Eva Voorhees, who discovered me and my blog. :-)  

Though thought of as a 1980s model, she actually started out a little earlier than that.  The picture above, and the one below, are from 1979, from advertisements for the Wallachs clothing store.  Both show her with a man, for good reason; Wallachs is a men's store! :-D  The picture above advertises Hart, Schaffner and Marx suits, and the picture below is for Dior Suede.

Both photos make this clear: Every girl is crazy about a sharp-dressed man! :-D  

Of course, Eva Voorhees always looked pretty sharp herself in her modeling career, as the color photo below demonstrates.

She remains a simple California girl at heart, devoting her life to animal welfare. :-) 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Nastasia Urbano

I've neglected looking at Spain's Nastasia Urbano, whom I first featured in April 2011, a second time for far too long.

These two pictures should compensate for that. :-)

Regarded as one of the sweetest souls ever to grace the modeling trade, Nastasia Urbano has appeared on numerous magazine covers from New Woman and Redbook in America to the many variations of Vogue worldwide.  Her work with Yves Saint Laurent as the spokesmodel for Opium perfume is only part of her illustrious career.  

Full disclosure: Nastasia Urbano is a Facebook friend of mine.  So I can vouch for what a sweetheart she is. :-) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Catherine Roberts, 2014

What could be better than a post devoted to Catherine Roberts in a month-long look back at some of my favorite models? 

 How about two posts devoted to Catherine Roberts? :-D

This picture of Catherine Roberts with a male model (they're portraying a married couple) was taken in Big Bear, California, for the cover story of the November 2014 issue of Money magazine.  The story? Money's 2015 retirement guide.

Catherine Roberts?  Ready to retire?  I don't think so! :-)   

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Catherine Roberts In Triplicate

I always love revisiting Catherine Roberts, another perennial favorite on this blog.  These three images are all from the same ad - a 1976 ad for Givenchy jewelry and leather stores in New York, rearranged here to accentuate her spectacular beauty. :-)

I drew two conclusions from this ad. First, one or two images of Catherine Roberts in a single ad is clearly not enough; her beauty demands a triplicate treatment.   Second, Hubert de Givenchy - who, remember, established Beverly Lee in Paris and elsewhere in Europe - has impeccable taste. :-D   

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Beverly Lee

Beverly Lee is a model I can't stop being fascinated with. :-)

I've already noted her tremendous influence as a model of East Asian descent when I featured her before, but it's worth noting how her rise to prominence in the modeling trade only demonstrates ther importance of being in the right place at the time.  

She worked both with the Ford and Ellen Harth Model Management during the early seventies, and then she was discovered by designer Hubert de Givenchy in 1976, when he launched a "Star Model Search" for his Haute Couture Show. He personally selected Beverly Lee as his new model and brought her to Paris, which led to a lucrative career in Europe.  Though she had many different assignments in the Old Country, she continued to model for Givenchy into the eighties. 

Beverly Lee remained loyal to the Ford agency though, and she was one of Eileen Ford's best friends, remaining close to her right up to Mrs. Ford's death in 2014.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Evelyn Kuhn

Evelyn Kuhn, whom I originally featured here in June 2012, came to America from Germany courtesy of the Ford modeling agency in the mid-sixties, and as late as 1977 (the picture below that year) she was still modeling. :-)

She was at her peak in the early seventies modeling for every beauty-product brand from Yardley . . .

. . . to Revlon. :-)

She worked with every major fashion photographer there was and did modeling assignments all over the world, though nowadays she's happy to run a gift shop in Greenwich, Connecticut. :-)