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. :-)   

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Beverly Johnson, A Natural Beauty

I once showed on this blog a picture of Beverly Johnson without makeup, taken in her late twenties.  Some of the more cynical among you might suggest that, as gorgeous as her natural look was then, there's no way she could still look great makeup-free in middle age.

I beg to differ.

As the above photo shows, Ms. Johnson clearly hadn't lost any of her beauty over time.  And the picture of her below, showing her holding a baby, pretty much seconds the motion.

The baby, I believe, is her grandchild.  One could be forgiven for thinking that Ms. Johnson is the mother and not the grandmother. :-D 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

The shirt has pictures of objects on it, including an upside-down car.  The necklace is made of oversized yellow beads.  The belt is a yellowish color that doesn't exactly match the necklace. This is not an ensemble a woman would want to go out wearing in public.

Unless, her name is Beverly Johnson, and she has a soft, beautiful face and a stunningly sexy smile.     

Face it, Ms. Johnson could make a burlap sack look great. :-D 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Yasmine Guenancia

Here are two more pictures of German model Yasmine Guenancia back when her last name was Sokal and her modeling career was at a peak and still rising. The 1977 editorial photo below finds our heroine on the balcony of a New York skyscraper, with the Pan Am (now MetLife) and Chrysler buildings in the background.  

Based on the positioning of the two notable skyscrapers, I'm guessing that the above picture was taken somewhere near Columbus Circle.  Assuming, of course, the backdrop is real and not a picture itself. :-D

But Yasmine Guenancia didn't need a backdrop to command the foreground, as she demonstrates in the photo below, cigarette holder in hand.

I normally don't feature pictures with smoking paraphernalia, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception.

With her determined look and her ravishing auburn hair, there was no pose Yasmine Sokal Guenancia couldn't pull off. :-) 

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Karen Graham

Another Estée Lauder modeling legend.  I always love returning to Karen Graham on this blog. :-)

Karen Graham did many arresting Lauder ads photographed in black and white by Victor Skrebneski, but she also did some color photos for the Lauder campaign as well.  Ironically, this color ad calls more attention to her white outfit than any non-neutral color in this composition.

But then, that seems appropriate, as it's from a 1983 ad for "White Linen" perfume. :-)

For those of you who prefer Karen Graham in black and white, here's such a photo from a decade earlier - that is, 1973, in which our heroine poses in a Stephen Burrows dress (for those of you who want to know :-) ).  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis always did have a way of striking a pose in her modeling career. :-)

Looking over her bare left shoulder was certainly one of her best examples of that talent. :-D

This photo is from a Maybelline ad that appeared in 1979, when Kathy Davis was at the height of her career.  You want beauty?  There's no question that Kathy Davis was born with it. :-)   

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Shaun Casey

And here's the other Estée Lauder sweetheart from the 1980s, Shaun Casey!

In addition to her four-year stint (beginning in 1981) as an Estée Lauder spokesmodel - this picture is in fact taken from a Lauder ad, showing Ms. Casey looking very nautical - she appeared on several fashion magazine covers.  

I have also mentioned that she was in Woody Allen's movie Annie Hall as the girlfriend of Paul Simon's character.  Her character was named . . . Shaun.  Not making that up.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Willow Bay

It was thirty years ago as of this writing - 1985 - that Kristine Carlin "Willow" Bay was introduced to the world as Estée Lauder's spokesmodel, a gig that lasted four years.  I last feted her here in March 2012.

The photo above is from one of her first Lauder ads, and it was immediately apparent - maybe it was the soft smile?  the chestnut-brown hair? the way she pulled off wearing purple eye shadow? - that she was a woman of many a man's dream.  The dream came true for Disney CEO Robert Iger, whom she married in 1995.  (Iger was then an ABC vice president.)  

But don't think of Willow Bay as a trophy wife; she's very much her own woman.  As explained earlier on this blog, she went on to have a successful journalism career, with TV stints at both CNN and Bloomberg Television and as a senior editor for the Huffington Post.  Her current job is less glamorous then being a Lauder model or a TV reporter, but no less noteworthy; she's the director of  the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.

And even though she hasn't modeled for the longest time, she still looks beautiful, as this photo from 2011 demonstrates.

Oh yeah, here's Ms. Bay with Robert Iger, her trophy husband. ;-)

He made Time magazine's Time 100 list for 2015, I'm led to understand . . .. :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Anna Anderson

It's been a long time since I last featured Anna Anderson on this blog - too long! (Not since 2010.) This gorgeous photo of one of the coolest of the cool blonde cover girls of the seventies and eighties should make up for that long wait. :-)

Red and gold are the obvious color scheme here, from her outfit and jewelry (wow, that earring is so regal) right down to her lipstick.  But Anna Anderson, masterful at striking the right expression for the camera, looks stunning in any ensemble. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect: Another June Model Edition!

In 2014 I devoted the entire month of June to looks back at fashion and beauty models I'd already featured, so in June 2015 I'm doing . . . the exact same thing.  Go figure.

Actually, there are two good reasons why I'm doing this again this June.  First, I'm still ahead of myself with regard to new subjects, so I need to slow the pace a little more without letting this blog go completely dormant.  Revisiting earlier subjects is a good way to do that.  Second, I've had some of the pictures I'm about to present in my files for some time, along with some new pictures that I'd like to show you have since come up.  One such picture, which you will see toward the end of the month, didn't even exist in June 2014; it was taken later.

So, with that all explained, I plan to start this round of model retrospectives tomorrow.  Tune in then, and keep doing so throughout the month. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Alexandra Steele

Alexandra Steele briefly re-appeared on The Weather Channel in the early winter of 2014-15, after having been fired from that channel in 2011 and appearing for a time on CNN.

It looked like she was back to stay.  However, she disappeared again. I haven't seen her on The Weather Channel since, and her biography does not currently appear on the channel's Web site.

I don't know where she is now, but I have a feeling she'll pop up again.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Michele Powers

Michele Powers is still doing the weather for New Jersey TV viewers on the News 12 New Jersey cable channel, just as she was when I first featured her here in December 2013.

So why am I featuring her again now?  Three words - new promo headshot!

Beautiful, huh?

Well, that's my blog, folks! :-) 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Stef Davis

My March 2014 post of AccuWeather's Stef Davis has proven to be more popular than I could have imagined,  leaping into my list of the top ten posts of all time on this blog and having gotten 4,897 views as of this writing.

Since she's so popular, I thought I'd treat you to another picture of her. :-)   

This picture is courtesy of one of my Internet buddies on a message board we both post photos on. :-)

Let's see how many views this post gets! :-D 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Vivian Brown

Numerous female on-camera meteorologists at The Weather Channel - some of whom have been featured on this blog - have come and gone, but Vivian Brown remains.

Ms. Brown, who is the second woman to have ever been featured on this blog, has been at The Weather Channel since 1986 - longer than my cable service has carried The Weather Channel - and she has a multitude of adoring fans, including myself. Why would I be a member of an online Vivian Brown fan club otherwise? :-D

I hope she doesn't follow the lead of weatherwomen past like Betty Davis, Jeanetta Jones or Kristina Abernathy, who have all left The Weather Channel over the years. Because I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have get me through a snowstorm.  Because The Weather Channel without Vivian Brown is Paris without the Eiffel Tower. :-)