Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Model Manuela Wust

Manuela Wust is a fashion model from the early nineties.

She was represented by the prestigious Ford modeling agency in New York and also by the Neil Hamil agency ion Houston.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Actress Constance Wu

This actress named Constance is a constant presence on the ABC network in the U.S.

Constance Wu plays Jessica Huang, the mother of Eddie Huang, in "Fresh Off the Boat," the ABC sitcom  based on the real-life chef Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name about growing up as the son of Taiwanese immigrants.  Set in the nineties, the show depicts Jessica as a stern mother who pushes her children for success.  (Eddie Huang's father Louis, played by Randall Park in the series, managed a steakhouse restaurant in Florida.)

Like many television actors, Constance Wu made a jump to the movies - with Crazy Rich Asians, yet another work based on a book (a Kevin Kwan novel, of the same name).  She plays an American economics professor who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend to attend a wedding, and he finds out his family is crazy and rich .  .  . and that her boyfriend attracts women like honey attracts bears.

Crazy Rich Asians premiered in August 2018.  It became a huge hit within a week after its release. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

German/Turkish actress Meryem Uzerli

Zohre Esmaeli isn't the only German celebrity of Asian descent to make her mark on Germany's popular culture. There's also Meryem Uzerli.

Meryem Uzerli is a German-born television actress of Turkish origin on her father's side (her mother is German) who started out as a model before landing TV roles in both Turkey and Germany.  Her early TV appearances include a role in the German hospital drama "Notruf Hafenkante" and the crime-detective series "Ein Fall für zwei" ("A Case For Two"), both in 2010.

She became a star in Turkey on the television miniseries "Muhteşem Yüzyıl", or "The Magnificent Century," about the old Ottoman Empire.  In the series, which ran from 2011 to 2013, she played a slave girl who married a sultan . . . and then became one herself.

Oh yeah, the Turkish edition of GQ chose her as 2012's Woman of the Year.

Turkish immigrants in Germany have had trouble assimilating there, but Meryem Uzerli is probably the best argument for immigration being an added value. :-)  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Actress Eleanor Tomlinson

British actress Eleanor Tomlinson is a big star in America thanks to the success of the British series "Poldark" on PBS.

She plays Demelza, a servant girl who marries the eponymous hero of "Poldark" - Ross Poldark, a British veteran of the American Revolution who comes home to find that his original fiancée married someone else when she thought he was dead.  Ross originally hires Demelza  as a maid and falls in love with her while trying to run the copper mine in his village.  The program is based on a series of novels by Winston Graham.

Ms. Tomlinson has done other British TV shows, such as the three-part drama "Death Comes to Pemberley," a murder mystery based on a P.D. James novel using characters based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," and "Ordeal by Innocence," another three-part drama based on yet another book - the Agatha Christie novel of the same name.  Ms. Tomlinson also took part in an experimental  biography movie about Vincent Van Gogh, Loving Vincent, in which cast members were animated based on Van Gogh's paintings.  Ms. Tomlinson played one of Van Gogh's models.

Eleanor Tomlinson is only 26 years old at this wiring, so she has a brilliant future ahead of her.   

Monday, September 10, 2018

Actress Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino  was one of the hottest young actresses in the nineties.

Her breakthrough role was in Woody Allen's 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite, as Linda, a happy-go-lucky prostitute that Woody's character falls in love with.  Really.

The daughter of actor Paul Sorvino, Mira Sorvino seemed to be everywhere in the years following her star-making performance in Mighty Aphrodite.  She appeared in the comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and Guillermo del Toro's horror movie Mimic, about . .  .cockroaches. :-O  Both movies came out in 1997. 

Subsequent roles included that of an aspiring actress in the romantic drama/mystery Lulu On the Bridge from in 1998 and Bronx girl Dionna in Summer of Sam, a 1999 drama about the summer of 1977 and the hunt for killer David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz.  It was something of a novelty in that it was directed by Spike Lee and had a mostly white cast. Ms. Sorvino even played Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean & Marilyn, an HBO television movie that gained her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

Though she continued to work steadily in the two thousand zeroes - including a Mexican movie, 2002's Santa Semana (Holy Week), as a police detective - Mira Sorvino's movie roles were of a lesser profile than her late-1990s performances.  She came out as a recipient of Harvey Weinstein's sexual advances in 2017, and she thought that her refusal to give in to him hurt her career. Few disagreed.

More recently, Mira Sorvino has done a few Hallmark TV movies and played a few recurring parts in basic-cable TV shows, but she's hardly done with film.  She's set to star in Stuber, an action/comedy set for releases in the spring of 2019.  From breakout . . . to comeback (let's hope).

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Actress Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan is only 24 years old as of this writing, but she's already made a big impression in the movies.

Her first big role was as the young Briony Tallis in Atonement, the 2007 film adaptation of Ian McEwan's World War II novel of the same title, and her character was played at 77 years of age in the same movie by Vanessa Redgrave.  Through several more movie roles in her teenage years, Ms. Ronan worked her way up to Redgrave-like status.  She was part of the huge ensemble cast of 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel, a comedy about a concierge who is framed for murder and tries to prove his innocence.

She broke through in a big way the following year in Brooklyn, about an Irish immigrant in that New York City borough in the 1950s who falls in love with an Italian-American boy.  But it was role as a socially and intellectually ambitious teenager in 2017's Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig (an earlier honoree on this blog), that made her a bona fide star.  The movie set a record on the Rotten Tomatoes movie Web site for the most consecutive "Fresh" reviews without any "Rotten" reviews against it; at the end of 2017, it had gotten 164 consecutive positive reviews. 

A this writing, she's working on playing Mary, Queen of Scots in the movie of the same name, which is now in post-production.

Fun fact:  In a twist on her role in Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan was born to Irish immigrants in the Bronx, but she grew up in Ireland.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Stage actress Kelli O'Hara

Sophisticates dismiss musicals as middlebrow knockoffs of opera.  Kelli O'Hara has done both.

The Oklahoma born Ms. O'Hara has done numerous Broadway shows and opera performances.  Not in Oklahoma!, alas but she did play Anna in a 2015 production of The King And I and she portrayed Susan, the leading female role, in the original 2002 Broadway production of Sweet Smell of Success, based on the 1957 movie of the same name.  Other roles include Nellie Forbush in a 2008 production of South Pacific and Babe Williams in a 2006 production of The Pajama Game.

Her opera repertoire includes the role of Valencienne in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow (in 2014) and Despine in Mozart's Così fan tutte from this year (2018). Both performances were at the Metropolitan Opera.

Now that's versatility. :-)

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Actress Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga was known to only a few Americans for her film roles before her big breakout role - that of Mildred Jeter Loving in Loving, about the Virginia interracial couple who successfully challenged anti-miscegenation laws in the South in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967. 

Born to an Ethiopian father an an Irish mother, Ruth Negga was raised in Ireland but moved to London.  Her movie roles include a part in the 2005 comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto, a comedy-drama about gender identity, and 2007's Color Me Kubrick, about a chap (played by John Malkovich) pretending to be the director of that name.  She also had a role in the 2013 Jimi Hendrix bio-drama Jimi: All Is by My Side

Ms. Negga has also done theater, having played Ophelia in a London production of Hamlet and the title role in a 2018 Dublin production of the same Shakespeare drama!  But it's Loving that has gotten her the most attention; it earned her seven acting awards.

Fun fact:  Ruth Negga played a role in 12 Years a Slave, but her part was edited out.   

Friday, August 31, 2018

Model Joanne McCoy

Joanne McCoy is a model from the 1980s who was active not in New York or Paris but in Boston.

She was represented by the Maggie agency in that city.  Both of these photos are from 1988.

Fun fact:  She was at the Maggie agency at the same as another model you might have heard, then-future and now-former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).   

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Stage actress Taylor Louderman

Actress Taylor Louderman is not associated with the movies.  But she's appeared in Broadway musicals based on movies. 

She originated the role of Regina George in the Broadway musical Mean Girls, based on the movie of the same name exploring the adverse effects of cliques on high school girls, and she played Campbell in the musical Bring It On, based on the movie of the same name by about the competitive world of cheerleading.

The former role led to a Best Actress in a Musical Tony nomination in 2018.

Ms. Louderman also starred in Kinky Boots, a musical based on a more obscure movie made in Britain (and also sharing the same name) about a boot factory struggling to stay in business.  And if you saw the 204 NBC live production of Peter Pan, you may remember her in that.  Wendy Darling? That was her.

Not yet thirty as of this writing, Ms. Louderman, it's safe to say, has a brilliant stage career ahead of her.  Maybe she'll even star in a musical that's not based on a movie. ;-)        

Friday, August 24, 2018

Japanese actress Machiko Kyō

In the 1950s, Machiko Kyō was as ubiquitous in Japaense cinema as Sophia Loren was in Italian movies.

She gained international fame as the wife of a man killed in a fight in 1951's Rashomon, the Akira Kurosawa classic in which three people remember the killing in three different ways.

Ms. Kyō went on to star in other legendary Japanese movies,.such as the 1958 drama Sorrow Is Only For Women and Kon Ichikawa's Odd Obsession, a 1959 drama about a man who suspects that his wife is having an affair with their daughter's fiancé, and Yasujirō Ozu's Floating Weeds (1959). She did only one Hollywood movie - 1956's The Teahouse of the August Moon,  as a geisha girl named Lotus Blossom. The Teahouse of the August Moon is a comedy about the American occupation of Okinawa after World War II.  Her American co-stars included Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert, and Harry Morgan.

At 94 years of age at this writing, Machiko Kyō was active as an actress into her eighties. She now lives in her hometown of Osaka.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Model/actress Winnie Hollman

Winnie Hollman is a top model from the 1970s.  I first showed her in a department store ad that also Gunilla Bergström and Margrit Ramme when Margrit, a friend of mine, was the only model I could identify in that picture.  Now, Winnie Hollman gets her own post. :-)

Having originally come from Denmark, Winnie Hollman appeared in numerous ads and magazines, and she later appeared in a few films, such as the fashion thriller Eyes of Laura Mars (seems logical).

One other thing she's known for is having been one of Jack Nicholson's many girlfriends.  She's the mother of his daughter Honey.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Model Yasmeen Ghauri

Part Pakistani, part German, and all Canadian, the Montreal-born-and-raised Yasmeen Ghauri was one of the top models of the early 1990s.

And that was a big deal at the time, as the modeling profession began to produce more divas than stars.  Yasmeen Ghauri was a star, by all means, as the above photo from Cosmopolitan's October 1992 issue demonstrates.

She was a spokesmodel for Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, and Anne Klein at about the same time, and she appeared on the cover of Elle and in editorials for the British and Italian editions of Vogue.  

And by 1996, after about six years in the spotlight, it was all over.  She retired to raise a family . . . at the ripe old age of 25.  Like Marciano - Rocky, not Georges - she knew when to quit and she went out on top.

Fun fact: Yasmeen Ghauri's first major appearance anywhere was in the promotional video for Elton John's single "Sacrifice," where she was paired with singer Chris Isaak.  She was not yet twenty.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Model and designer Zohre Esmaeli

Zohre Esmaeli is a model from Afghanistan who is based in Germany.  Her story is so awesome and inspiring that I can't do it justice by merely going over the highlights here.

Her family fled Afghanistan during the Taliban regime in the late nineties by crossing the border  and traveling overland over 6,200 miles to Germany.  Ms. Esmaeli was barely a teenager then, and she almost didn't survive the trip.

Once settled in Germany, she resumed her school studies, but she began modeling at sixteen years of age when she was discovered in Frankfurt.  Her career took off after she moved to Stuttgart.  She has appreaed in numerous fashion magazine, sich as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Madame, and Marie Claire.

Zohre Esmaeli also designs clothes, under the brand name "Zoraya."  She debuted her first line in November 2015 for a charity fashion show in Berlin.

It's quite obvious that, despite her Afghan background, the German fashion world has accepted her as its own. :-)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Stage actress Jennifer DiNoia

If you've only seen Jennifer DiNoia as she looks below, you haven't seen her in her best-known role as a stage actress.

That's because she has played the green-skinned Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in various productions of the musical Wicked.  

She has played Elphaba in various touring companies and in at least four different countries, but she has also performed the role where it matters most - London's West End and New York's Broadway.  Ms. DiNoia played Elphaba in the West End in late 2014 and 2015 and also played her on Broadway from March 2015 to May 2015 and again from August 2016 to July 2017.  In many instances she was a standby for an actress playing Elphaba in different productions.

Jennifer DiNoia maybe more associated with this role than any other actress except Idina Menzel.  

Fun fact: She was in the original American production of the Queen jukebox musical We Will Rock You in Las Vegas. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CNN newswoman Kaitlan Collins

Katilan Collins is a recent addition to CNN's on-camera news staff.  Before she joined the Cable News Network in 2017, she'd been an entertainment reporter and a White House correspondent at The Daily Caller for three years.

Why would I feature here a woman who once reported for a conservative news site?  Because of what she did at her current job.  When Donald Trump gave a statement to the press about trade negotiations while seated with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Ms. Collins asked the current White House occupant about everything but that - Michael Cohen, secret tapes involving a possible cover-up, Vladimir Putin - and the White House responded by banning her from the premises . . . for doing what a reporter is supposed to do.   

I'm a freelance reporter when I'm not working on this blog or writing commentary on this blog's sister blog, Miscellaneous Musings.  So I'm doing here what every other reporter and news organization is doing - standing up for Kaitlin Collins.  And, lest you think this is purely political . . . well, aside from the fact that I am aware of Ms. Collins's conservative bona fides despite my own disagreement with political conservatism, I need only share with you what Bret Baier of Fox News - yes, Fox News - read in a statement on behalf of his employer in Ms. Collins's defense and against Trump:

"Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked. This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better. As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access."

And so do I.

Free speech rocks.  That's why, despite whatever negative thoughts some people might have to a blog celebrating feminine beauty, I continue this blog without apology.  And that goes double for what I write my other blog.    

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Beauty of Anonymity, Model ID Update: Angolan model Maria Borges

I have already featured Maria Borges as an unidentified model from a Target ad, and I have also reported her ID in a subsequent post.  Here is my first proper post dedicated to this beauty from the African country of Angola. :-)

Maria Borges has not only modeled for middlebrow establishments like Target, she's also been a model for high-end cosmetics brands like L'Oreal and Bobbi Brown.  Among the designers she's wlaked the fashion show runways for are Anna Sui, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Fürstenberg, Dior, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy,  Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren,  Salvatore Ferragamo, and too many more to list here. :-)

She has done numerous fashion magazine covers and became the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle in twenty years (and only the second African model African model to appear on the cover of Elle ever), after Alek Wek in 1997.

Maria Borges is a muse of Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.  She calls him her "godfather." :-D 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Model Gunilla Bergström

I showed fashion model Gunilla Bergström earlier this year in a photo from a department store ad that also included Margrit Ramme. This is the first time I'm featuring her solo on this blog. :-)

Gunilla Bergström was active in the late seventies and early eighties.  She alternated between Paris and New York, represented by the Viva agency in the former city and the Elite agency in the latter.  

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Actress Malin Åkerman

Malin Åkerman has had an acting career in which she's had roles in all sorts of genres.

She's best known for playing Silk Spectre in the 2009 superhero movie Watchman, about a dystopian world in which an alternate history of the Cold War brings the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1985.

She's had roles in romantic comedies like 27 Dresses and The Proposal, as well as a part in the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.  Ms. Åkerman also had a supporting role as a commune resident in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust, about an overworked couple at the commune who try to take it easy. That same year, she also had a role in the hair-band musical movie Rock of Ages.

Ms. Åkerman has done numerous guest-star parts on TV, and she also starred as the title character in "Trophy Wife," an ABC series about a young woman married to a middle-aged lawyer.  It was a one-season wonder, not making it past the 2013-14 season.

Fun fact: Malin Åkerman was born in Sweden, but she grew up in Canada, where her family emigrated.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander has remained active as an actress since I first featured her her in November 2016.

She starred in 2017's Submergence, a romantic hostage-thriller movie directed by Wim Wenders, and in the historical romantic drama Tulip Fever, from the same year, as a Dutch noblewoman.

She's also the new Lara Croft in the latest Tomb Raider movie (based on the video game series), coming out this year (2018).

Alicia Vikander can do anything. :-)

That's it for my look back at actresses I've already featured here.  A new round of A-Z subjects begins in August. :-)      

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Margot Robbie

This is my third post to feature Margot Robbie, and, like with my previous post of Lupita Nyong'o, it's my first post of Ms. Robbie since April 2014.  And she's been really active since.

She did no fewer than four movies in 2015, playing a nuclear holocaust survivor in that year's Z Is for Zachariah, playing a grifter in the Will Smith movie Focus, and appearing in the World War II drama Suite Française - and she found the time to appear in a cameo role as herself in The Big Short.

In 2017 Ms. Robbie played two famous people - the wife of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robin and bad-girl figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.  That latter role must have been a tough one - the real-life figure-skating drama at the 1994 Winter Olympics wasn't that long ago, and how could any movie on the subject compare to real-life cable-news coverage of it?

Margot Robbie is taking on the role of a long-dead historical figure, England's Queen Elizabeth I, in Mary Queen of Scots, now as of this writing in post-production.  As the role of Elizabeth has been played by Bette Davis and Judi Dench (and Ms. Robbie's fellow Australian Cate Blanchett, an earlier honoree on this blog), she has some big shoes to fill.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Beauty Of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Lupita Nyong'o

Has it really been since April 2014 that I last (and first) looked at Lupita Nyong'o on this blog?  And what has she been up to since?

Well, for one thing, she's played humanoid alien pirate Maz Kanata in two of the movies in the current Star Wars trilogy, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.  You didn't recognize her?  That's because Maz is a CGI-produced character that was activated by motion-capture technology.  As in all Star War s movies, the special effects don't get in the way of what is still a great story.

She also played Nakia in the explosively successful black-superhero movie The Black Panther.  She herself was likely booed, as Nakia is a villain.

Lupita Nyong'o remains busy as an actress, with a new movie, Little Monsters, still in post-production as of this writing.  Don't except a Bergmanesque turn from Ms. Nyong'o in this one; it's another popcorn movie, this one about zombies.

But there will be more movie starring Lupita Nyong'o going forward, to be sure, so whether she's doing a blockbuster or an art film, either one is a good reason to break out the popcorn. :-)  

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Janet Montgomery

I first featured British actress Janet Montgomery in July 2013.

She had failed at American TV a year earlier, but she's rebounded nicely since then. She played witch Mary Sibley in "Salem," a retelling of the witch trials in Puritan Massachusetts in the seventeenth century.  In the movies, she played the doomed mother of the first Earthling born on Mars (she would not survive her pregnancy) in 2017's The Space Between Us.  She also had a recurring role as a manipulative actress (!) in the NBC series "This Is Us."

Janet Montgomery has had enough successes to make people forget her past failures.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Jessica Lange

So what has Jessica Lange been doing since I last featured her in March 2012?

Plenty.  She may be remembered as a young ingenue from the late seventies and the early eighties, but guess what - Jessica Lange is grown up now! 

One of her more notable movie roles in the past six years and change was as the aunt of a sexually repressed girl in Second Empire Paris in 2013's In Secret, and she also played the mother of a college professor addicted to gambling in 2014's The Gambler (a remake of a 1974 movie of the same name).        

Jessica Lange has done more interesting work on TV, however, as she continued to play different roles in FX's "American Horror Stories" . . . and just wrapped a miniseries about the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as part of FX's ongoing anthology series "Feud."

Ms. Lange plated Joan Crawford. 

And she's as likely to become as big a legend.   

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Isabelle Huppert

Can you believe that I haven't featured France's Isabelle Huppert before now . . .  since July 2011?

Mercy me, where are my manners?

Isabelle Huppert has been very busy in the 2010s.  One of her most notable performances was in 2012's Amour, as the daughter of an elderly couple who struggle to stay together through infirmity.  That same year, in the South Korean comedy In Another Country, she played three different Frenchwomen, all named Anne and all taking the form of a charming French visitor to Korea, in a screenplay written by an aspiring Korean film student's sister.  (Not the screenplay of the movie itself, a screenplay within the movie from one of the movie's characters!)  Both movies were up for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; Amour won it.  

Mlle. Huppert turned to Australian theater in 2013, as she appeared with Cate Blanchett (another honoree on this blog) in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Jean Genet's The Maids, with a new English translation; it stopped in New York in 2014 on a world tour.

Mlle.  Huppert's biggest achievements of late, though, have been her performance as a philosophy professor going through numerous separations in Things To Come and her performance in Elle, in which she plays a businesswoman who gets raped by an unknown assailant.  Both movies premiered in 2016.

And she even found time to do American television, with a role on "Law and Order: SVU" in 2010.

Isabelle Huppert, below, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival) is still active at 65.  Her latest film, Eva, was a highlight of the Berlin Film Festival.

Oh, is today Bastille Day? :-D

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Terry Farrell

I can't believe I haven't revisited Terry Farrell since October 2006.

Although her role in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" made her more famous than she already was for her movie roles, Terry Farrell decided to retire from acting to concentrate on raising her family while married to actor Brian Baker.  After they divorced, she began dating and married . . . Adam Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy's son.  And yes, the press called it a "StarTrek-crossed romance."

She made a comeback of sorts in the science fiction TV series "Renegades" in 2017.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Donna English

Donna English has remained active in the theater since I last featured her here in May 2013.  Not only has she appeared in the original Broadway production of Living On Love, she's done The Unsinkable Molly Brown in Denver and in St. Louis, and she appeared in San Francisco production of Roman Holiday, a musical of Cole Porter songs.  One of her co-stars in the latter production was Georgia Engel (you remember Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"?  her).  

The picture above is a color version of the black-and-white photo of Donna English that I previously featured.  And about time too. :-)   

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Catherine Deneuve

And how can I not include Catherine Deneuve, still France's greatest film star (and still my all-time favorite actress) after all these years, in this month-long retrospective?

Exquisite, no? :-D

The first picture is from 1966, and the picture immediately above is from 1982, but since we're in the twenty-teens now, why don't I concentrate in her film work in this decade?

One of her more recent movies is the 2014 film In the Name of My Daughter, a harrowing real-life tale of a young Frenchwoman, Agnès Le Roux, who became estranged from her mother Renée, the owner of a casino on the French Riviera, and ultimately disappeared; Renée (played by Mlle. Deneuve) had Agnès' disappearance investigated, leading to the trail and conviction of Agnès' husband for her murder.  She also starred in Three Hearts, about a pair of sisters who fall in love with the same man at different times, the man not knowing their relation at first.  Mlle. Deneuve played the mother of the two sisters (and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni, an earlier honoree on this blog, played one of the sisters).

Many of Mlle Denevue's films in the 2010s have been comedies,  such as  Potiche, a 2010 comedy about a woman who takes over her husband's umbrella factory (not located in Cherbourg), and what are now called "dramedies,"such as 2013's On My Way, about a restaurateur who faces bankruptcy and one day just decides to drive off and go on an adventure across France.  (It won her Coup de Cœur award at the Cabourg Film Festival in France.)  In her most recent comedy, 2017's Bonne Pomme (Good Apple), she plays an innkeeper smitten with a man who's run away from everything to open an auto repair shop.  Both Potiche and Bonne Pomme co-star Gerard Depardieu; Deneuve and Depardieu are the Hepburn and Tracy of modern French cinema.  

Still thought of as a perfume model in Middle America, Catherine Deneuve (above, in a more recent picture) made headlines in the United States earlier in 2018, but not for a new movie or even a new perfume; she criticized the Me Too movement for criminalizing innocent male flirting.  The criticism she received hasn't slowed down her career, though; approaching 75 years of age this October, she has two movies in post-production at this writing.

This is my first post to honor Catherine Deneuve on this blog since November 2016.    

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect, July Actress Edition: Kristen Bell

A lot has happened to Kristen Bell since I first featured here in April 2012.

For one thing, she's been married to actor Dax Shepard (best known for his role as Crosby in the TV series ("Parenthood") since 2013, and she appeared with him in TV commercials for Samsung cell phones.  Of course, she's been more successful for another television project - the sitcom "The Good Place," starring our heroine as Eleanor Shellstrop, an amoral woman who dies and arrives in a paradisaical afterlife in which she doesn't belong; she tires to be on her best behavior do she can stay.  She also did numerous episodes of "Parks and Recreation" as a city councilwoman.  (Like her husband's old series "Parenthood," both of these sitcoms were and are NBC shows.) 

She's also remained active in movies, having voiced the character of Anna in animated Disney movie Frozen, perhaps the the most successful cartoon movie aimed at girls in the twenty-teens, and she revisited her earlier TV series "Veronica Mars" by reprising the title role in a 2014 movie.  Oh, and she 's played one of the lousy mothers in the Bad Moms movies.

I'd better not wait until 2024 to feature Kristen Bell again.  Because if I do, I will clearly miss too much of her incredible career. :-)     

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect: July Actress Edition!

For the longest time, my month-long looks back on women I have featured on this blog before have primarily concerned models, and some of you may have been wondering why  I haven't spent a month looking back at women in other high-profile professions.  I'm sure a lot of you have been wishing that I'd take another look back on actresses instead.

Your wish has been granted.

For the first time since September 2015, I'm doing a month-long look back at actresses I've featured before.  And why not? Many of the actresses I will be looking back on this July of 2018 have merely added to their already impressive CVs since I last featured them here, and there are some I haven't revisited for far too long.  So this retrospective series is long overdue.

Oh yeah, one thing - I will not be revisiting the former Meghan Markle, now the wife of Britain's Prince Harry.  Too easy. :-D   Anyway, I featured her not too long ago, in May 2017, and she's  obviously not going to be making any more movies or TV shows.  I won't close the door on featuring her again, but I'd personally like to take a break from Meghan-mania.

Meanwhile, I have an ID for the model from a Target ad that I recently featured.  She is Maria Borges, an Angolan model who is considered the leading top model from Africa today and who has walked the runways for every designer imaginable.  I'll be revisiting her and have more specific information on her soon enough. :-)  Thanks to "Divalocity" for the ID.  

Right. I'll be back with my first retrospective post for the month tomorrow, concerning an American TV actress who is not married to anyone in the British royal family.