Monday, June 18, 2018

The Beauty of Anonymity: Unidentified actress in Dewey Stevens commercial

Wine coolers are to alcoholic beverages what the Pontiac Fiero is to cars or what Members Only jackets are to fashion - relics of the 1980s that no one really cares about any more.  But wine coolers, unlike the Pontiac Fiero or Members Only jackets, inspired a lot of clever commercials to give wine-cooler brands, usually given made-up names, some distinction.  There wasn't actually anyone named Dewey Stevens, but ads for the wine cooler of that name played on the idea that Dewey Stevens was a real individual that people knew personally.

One Dewey Stevens ad, which is embedded in this post, in particular was downright hilarious.  A very attractive blonde in a bar (below) claims to know Dewey Stevens and credits him for helping her escape from aliens who took both of them to the planet Ribnok.  "They took me because of my personality," she says.  "They took Dewey too because he's got a great wine cooler - made with passion fruit!"

Her story - and her sound-effects dramatization of it - clear the bar out in a flash, but she saves the best laugh for last - when she informs us how many sisters she has, the bartender's reaction is priceless.

A daring ad - because the last person you normally want to sell an alcoholic beverage is an unhinged woman who may have had a few too many of your wine coolers.  

See the commercial for yourself! :-D

If the Internet had been available for civilian use in the eighties, the "Who's That Hot Ad Girl?" site might have been around to identify this comely comedic actress, but her name has long since been lost to history. Or maybe not.  If anyone can identify this actress by name, after having seen this commercial, please let me know in a comment on this blog entry.  :-)  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska is not yet thirty as of this writing, an she already has a formidable record as an actress.

The daughter of a Polish photographer who immigrated to Australia (her mother - Mia Wasikowska goes by her mother's surname), she gained notoriety as an abused daughter in 2009's That Evening Sun, for which she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actress, and she had already debuted on American television for playing a suicidal gymnast in HBO's series "Treatment."  She thus established herself as actress open to playing difficult roles.

The same year that That Evening Sun was released, Mia Wasikowska also appeared in Amelia, a biodrama about lost airplane pilot Amelia Earhart, as another aviation pioneer - Elinor Smith, who set several endurance and speed records in flying.  (Smith was still alive at the time of Amelia's release, at age 97.)  The next few years were pretty busy for Ms. Wasikowska, playing the title role in Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice In Wonderland, playing  Joni, a daughter of a lesbian couple who seeks out her biological father, in 2010's The Kids Are Alright, and the title role in a new version of Jane Eyre - a bit of a coincidence for a girl who grew up in the New South Wales town of . . . Bronte. :-D

Mia Wasikowska remains active today, having recently played Alice in 2016's Alice Through The Looking Glass, and at this writing she is set to appear in the psychological thriller Piercing, based on a novel by Japanese author Ryū Murakami.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

British actress Wanda Ventham

Do you think aliens would invade the earth for a glimpse of Earthling feminine beauty?

Definitely, if they knew they would encounter someone who looked like Wanda Ventham.

Wanda Ventham is a British actress best known for her role in science-fiction TV shows.  She's best known for her role in the British series "UFO," as Colonel Virginia Lake, an operative for a military force commissioned to save the world from woman-needing Martians - the force was called Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation. Or, as those of us in America would write it, Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defense Organization.  So everyone instead called it by its acronym, SHADO.

Who knows how hot Colonel Lake was ?  The SHADO knows! :-D 

And, if you want to get technical about it, the show's name was pronounced "YOO-foh" in Britain.

Ms. Ventham also played different roles in the long-running "Doctor Who" series.  She had a knack for science fiction in the movies as well; in 1968's The Blood Beast Terror, she had a dual role as a female character and as a the giant moth that terrorizes the populace.

These days.Wanda Ventham is known by another role: actor Benedict Cumberbatch's mother. His father, Ms. Ventham's second husband, is actor Timothy Carlton, whose last name is really Cumberbatch but who goes by just his first name and the first of two middle names.  Now in her eighties, she remains active ans has appeared in TV shows and movies, including the 2016 cinematic adaption of "Absolutely Fabulous," as well as with her husband as Sherlock Holmes' parents in an episode of "Sherlock."  

Sherlock Holmes, of course, was played by . . . Benedict Cumberbatch. :-)  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Actress Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler is an actress who can claim two links to rock royalty.

Born in 1977 to model Bebe Buell, then the live-in girlfriend of rock star Todd Rundgren, she found out later that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was in fact her biological father, a role Rundgren, her adoptive father, assumed for the sake of appearances.  Liv legally changed her surname from Rundgren to Tyler as a result.  Ironically, Tyler was no more her father's original surname than her own; his original surname is Tallarico.      

Anyway, Liv Tyler could have been a singer like her two dads, but she became an actress instead.  She first gained notoriety in 1996's That Thing You Do!, a Tom Hanks-directed movie about a fictional rock band from Pennsylvania in 1964 aiming for stardom. Liv played the girlfriend of one of the band's members. 

Later roles included a part in Robert Altman's 2000 movie  Dr. T & the Women, as one of the girlfriends of the title character (played by Richard Gere) and her role as a therapist in 2007's Reign Over Me, a comedy-drama about the aftermath of 9/11.  Her best known roles are as Grace Stamper in Armageddon, a 1998 disaster movie about a giant meteor about to hit earth, and as Arwen Undómiel in three Lord of the Rings movies.

More recently, Liv Tyler has done smaller films, such as 2017's horror-fantasy film The Wildling.

Fun fact: "Liv" is not short for Olivia; Ms. Tyler was named for Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann  (an earlier honoree on this blog).

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Model Sara Sampaio

Sara Sampaio is one of the most popular models of her generation.

Best known for her Victoria's Secret ads (and that's all I'm going to say about that!), she's also been a spokesmodel for the Italian fashion brand Calzedonia and the Israeli beauty company Moroccanoil.  She's from Portugal, so it seems logical that she would represent fashion and beauty firms from other Mediterranean countries. :-)

She has also appeared in editorials for Elle, Vogue, and Glamour, and in 2014 she was featured in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue.

And, like all great beauties, Sara Sampaio looks best without makeup.         

See? :-)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Actress Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez is best known for her unorthodox character in the unorthodox NBC series "Heroes," about ordinary people with superhuman powers.

Her character, Maya Herrera, had the ability to emit poison and was able to kill the bride at her brother's wedding when it turned out that her bride was having an affair with a former lover who threatened Maya.  She could activate her power through stress or whenever she wanted to.

She also played Rosie Falta on the satirical Lifetime serious "Devious Maids," about Hispanic maids who work for the rich and powerful Hollywood elite, and, more recently, she has played Cinderella in ABC's "Once Upon a Time" series.

In the movies, Ms. Ramirez has played the mutant Callisto in the X-Men series (shades of her "Heroes" role!), and she played a bicycle messenger in Premium Rush.

Fun fact:  Dania Ramirez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the United States to study acting, originally settling in New York City.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CNN newswoman Abby Phillip

Abby Phillip is CNN's new star Washington correspondent.

She joined the cable news channel to cover the White House in 2017.  As she had never reported on the executive branch of the federal government before, Abby Phillip is probably the only White House correspondent who accepts Donald Trump as "normal." :-D

Her previous experience includes a stint as a digital reporter for ABC News and a news-story producer for "This Week" and "Nightline."  She worked at the Washington Post from 2014 to 2017.  

What drives Ms. Phillip as a journalist?  I'll let her explain it herself: "The stories that are the most interesting are the ones that your friends are talking about, the things where people are saying, 'what’s going on?'. . . and you can dig a little deeper."

She'll need a steam shovel to dig deeper into this White House. :-D

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Actress/singer Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis is a French female entertainer known for her multiple talents. She's sort of like the Mandy Moore of France.

She's best known to Americans as Johnny Depp's live-in girlfriend (they were together for fourteen years beginning in 1998), but she has a substantial career that touches both music and film that many people in These States may not be aware of.

In 1997, when she was not yet fourteen, she released her first record, "Joe le taxi," about a taxicab driver in Paris, and the record became an international sensation - except in America.  She later worked in the U.S. in the 1990s, working with hippie soul brother Lenny Kravitz and singing in English.  Her self-titled English-language album was released in 1992 and it produced hit singles in Europe such as "Sunday Mondays" (which she wrote with Kravitz and Henry Hirsch)  and "Be My Baby" (not the Ronettes song but a tune Kravitz co-wrote with Gerry DeVeaux).  Vanessa Paradis even included a cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man." Again, Americans couldn't be bothered.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Ms. Paradis has been heralded as an actress in her own country as well.  She played a suicidal circus performer in the Patrice Leconte film Girl on the Bridge in 1999, and in the 2011 movie Café de Flore, directed by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, she played a 1960s single mother of child with Down Syndrome.  It got her an award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Genie Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Oscars, in 2012.

Maybe someday Americans will take note of Ms. Paradis's talents.  But don't bet on it.  Why not?  Perhaps you weren't paying attention . . . she's French.   

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Actress Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz is best known for her role as Hilda Suarez in the early-2000s ABC comedy drama "Ugly Betty."

Hilda was the older sister of Betty Suarez, who got a job at a prestigious fashion magazine despite her plain looks.  Hilda could be vain, but she always stood by her sister and was protective of the whole Suarez family.

Although being an Hispanic actress has led her to typecasting, Ana Ortiz has made the best of it, garnering praise for her role as a housekeeper in Lifetime's "Devious Maids," about a quartet of Hispanic maids who share and get involved in secrets of the rich and famous people of Beverly Hills that they work for.

Fun fact:  Ana Ortiz auditioned for the title role in "Ugly Betty," which of course went to America Ferrera (an earlier honoree on this blog).    

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Actress Elizabeth Marvel

A Marvel of acting! :-)

Elizabeth Marvel is an actress best known for her work in television, mainly dramas - particularly, "The District," a CBS police drama set in Washington, D.C., where she played Detective Nancy Parras, and the Netflix political drama "House of Cards," where she has played Heather Dunbar, the U.S. Solicitor General, who runs for the Presidency.

And as Elizabeth Keane on "Homeland," she is the President, playing the first female Chief Executive on the national-security thriller-drama.

Elizabeth Marvel obviously has a knack for playing political figures.  In Hyde Park On Hudson, a film about President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR was played by Bill Murray), she played Marguerite LeHand, Roosevelt's personal secretary, who eventually fulfilled the role of White House Chief of Staff.  

Saturday, May 26, 2018

British sportscaster Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe has left an indelible impression on television viewers as an on-camera host of NBC's Olympic coverage, but she took an interesting career path to get there. 

The British sportscaster originally hoped to become an actress, and she got herself a job on a sports-talk radio station in the U.K. while looking for an agent.  Then in 2002, she entered a BBC talent contest for a reporter to cover "football" that is, soccer - and she ended up winning.

For the next five years, Ms. Lowe did interviews and features on the BBC soccer show "Football Focus" and reported Premier League matches on Saturdays for "Final Score."  She also had her own regular feature, "Football in the Community," on the BBC Sunday soccer program "Match of the Day."  She left the BBC for the Setanta sports channel in 2007, but that channel went off the air two years later.

Ms. Lowe was soon back on her feet, though, as she then joined ESPN's new British channel as a soccer commentator, and she soon divided her time between both ESPN's American and British outlets.  When NBC in the United States began showing British Premier League matches in 2013 in response to a growing American interest in soccer, Ms. Lowe joined the network as a commentator.  Sports Illustrated named Newcomer of the Year in its 2013 Media Awards, even though she was new only to American television.  She had been honing her sportscasting skills back in the mother country for a decade. 

It only made sense that Ms. Lowe would take on the task of hosting coverage of that other great international sporting phenomenon, the Olympics. Her posh accent and her personable charisma have won her fans among Americans who watch both the Olympics and the Premiere League.  She was the Olympic daytime host at the PyeongChang Winter Games in 2018 and will be back for more at Tokyo in 2020. 

Fun fact:  Rebecca Lowe first came to America as a scholarship student at the Mercersburg Academy, a prep boarding school in Pennsylvania.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Japanese actress Meiko Kaji

Meiko Kaji is well-known to movie audiences in her homeland of Japan.

She was first discovered in the late 1960s by Japanese director Masahiro Makino, and she worked with him in a few films before going on to stardom in different film franchises. One of them, Noraneko Rokku (Stray Cat Rock), dealt with young people in trouble with the law.    

Her star-making role was in Lady Snowblood, a 1973 thriller in which she starred as a woman who sought revenge against those who raped her mother and killed her father and brother.  Another notable film was 1976's Yakuza Graveyard, about organized crime in Japan.

Her portrayal of a prostitute in a star-crossed romance film, 1978's The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, was a departure from her usual fare, but it earned her four awards for Best Actress in her home country.  

Meiko Kaji has worked more on Japanese television in recent years, and she's also a singer with twenty-two singles and thirteen albums to her credit, her most recent LP, Aitsu No Suki Sona Burusu (His Favorite Dream Blues), released in 2011.  She turned down offers to appear in Hollywood movies because she is uncomfortable acting in any language other than Japanese.

Fun fact: American director Quentin Tarantino used two of Meiko Kaji's songs in his 2003 martial arts movie Kill Bill: Volume 1.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Actress Veronica Hamel

Ready for another eighties flashback?

Veronica Hamel was considered one of the most beautiful women on American television during that decade.  She played public defender Joyce Davenport on the NBC police drama series "Hill Street Blues."  Joyce the love interest of police captain Frank Furillo (played by Daniel J. Travanti). 

The Philadelphia-born Ms. Hamel started out as a model and even played one in the 1971 movie Klute before making the transition to acting, and almost got the part that went to Jaclyn Smith on "Charlie's Angels."  Joyce Davenport was her biggest role on TV, but it was hardly her only one; she also had recurring roles on "Lost" and the firefighter drama "Third Watch."

Her movie roles include Dr. Kay Hutton in the Alan Alda movie A New Life. She was Alda's character's love interest, repeating the history of her role as Joyce Davenport. :-)  

Fun fact: Veronica Hamel was the last female model to appear in a cigarette TV commercial - for Virginia Slims.  It aired a minute to midnight on New Year's Eve, 1970, as the law banning TV cigarette advertising went into effect on January 1, 1971.    

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sportscaster Ros Gold-Owunde

If women can play basketball, why can't they cover it as sportscasters?

Rosalyn "Ros" Gold-Owunde covers National Basketball Association games for Turner Network Television, after having been a sideline reporter for the Golden State Warriors in the San Francisco Bay Area.  And when she's not covering the boys, she covers their female counterparts in the Women's National Basketball Association -specifically, the WNBA's New York team, the Liberty.  

So what does a girl who never played professional basketball know about the sport?  Plenty, as Ms. Gold-Owunde played college basketball at Stanford, under the guidance of Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. Tara VanDerveer just happens to know Ros's mom; they were roommates in college.

Ros Gold-Owunde gets her exotic looks - and her exotic name - from her Jewish mother, Pat Gold, and her Nigerian father, Austin Onwude.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Broadway actress Paige Faure

Paige Faure is a rising star on Broadway.

She's had roles in four major musicals in the 2010s: Miss Saigon, Bullets Over Broadway, Cinderella and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. She's been a performer in one role and an understudy for another role in . . . all of them.

So she's certainly been busy.  And with so much devotion to her craft, we can expect to see Paige Faure in a starring role on the Great White Way very soon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Actress/dancer Emily Dann

Emily Dann is a young entertainer who's already acquired a long résumé.

She's a dancer and actress, as well as a model, and her long list of credit  include a dance sequence with singer Carly Rae Jepsen and actor Harvey Keitel on Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," a role on the Tom Selleck CBS drama "Blue Bloods," and a music video for British pop singer Nicola Roberts' single "Lucky Day."  She also appeared on "42nd Street" in Spokane and in Reno.  And, like any other actress paying her dues, she's done lots and lots and lots of commercials.

And that's just a small sample of what space will allow me to permit here. :-)   

You can see more - much more - of Emily Dann at her Web site.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Actress/singer Diahann Carroll

Carol Diane Johnson probably never thought she'd be cultural icon when she was studying to be a performing artist while growing up in New York City.

But as Diahann Carroll, she became just that, representing a confident, strong black woman in the many movies and television shows she starred in. She had a lot of support from her parents, although she later told Johnny Carson that her grandmother thought that movies were immoral.  Ha.

She had a role in Carmen Jones, the all-black 1954 contemporary remake of Bizet's Carmen, at the mere age of nineteen, playing a rival to Dorothy Dandridge's title character. That same year, she appeared in the Broadway musical House of Flowers, about neighboring bordellos in a Caribbean setting.

From then on Ms. Carroll became a popular guest on variety TV shows in addition to prominent roles in movies like the 1959 film version of Porgy and Bess, as Clara (although she mimed to another singer's voice), and the 1961 film Paris Blues.    In 1962, she starred as a fashion model in Paris in the musical No Strings and won the Best Actress Tony - the first black woman to win that award.

One of the highlights of Diahann Carroll's career greatest moment was her NBC series "Julia," about Julia Baker, a widowed nurse who works at a doctor's office while raising a son on her own.  It was the first TV series to depict a black female character in a profession other than as a domestic worker.  The series ran for three seasons and 86 episodes beginning in 1968.  Then in 1974, she starred in a movie that, like "Julia," featured her in a first-name title role - Claudine, about a single mom on welfare who falls in love with a garbage man played by James Earl Jones.  The role got her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Diahann Carroll has done numerous TV shows and movies over the years, including a star turn on the prime-time soap "Dynasty" that cast her opposite Billy Dee Williams, a classmate of hers from New York's Music and Art High School.  Oh yeah, she's recorded a lot of LPs, mainly of jazz and pop standards.  Is she a cultural icon?  This mere sample of her career should settle that question. :-)

Fun fact: Diahann Carroll was married to singer Vic Damone for nine years beginning in 1987.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Belgian model Sophie Billard

I first noticed - and fell in love with - Sophie Billard when I saw this astonishing profile photo of her on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Magazine's  Fall 1982 fashion supplement.


The photo was for a fashion editorial called "The Seductive Silhouette."  And no model was probably more skilled than Sophie Billard to provide one.

Sophie Billard was a mainstay in the modeling profession in New York for much of the 1980s, working primarily through the Elite modeling agency.  And if you thought she could look hot in a fur coat and hat, she could look downright steamy in a swimsuit!

The photo above is from the New York Times Sunday Magazine's Spring 1983 fashion supplement, taken by Paul Lange.  My only regret in showing it here is that I couldn't feature it in its original color print! 

Her poses ranged from playful . . .

. . . to pensive . . .

. . . to sophisticated . . .

and she excelled with all of them.

These days, she lives in her home country of Belgium, and she hasn't lost the innocent yet seductive look that made her a favorite among New York fashion editors and photographers back in the golden age of modeling.  The photo below is from 2009. 

It's a candid shot, but it could just as easily be part of her portfolio. :-) 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Actress/singer Candice Accola King

Watch out, she's lethal. :-D

Candice Accola gained fame as a star of "The Vampire Diaries," a series about young vampires living in a town full of lots of things supernatural, based on the young-adult novels of the same title.  Candice Accola played Caroline Forbes, one of the (obviously) prettier bloodsuckers.  The series ran on the CW network for eight years beginning in 2009.  

Her film credits include Juno (starring Ellen Page, an earlier honoree on this blog) and The Truth About Angels, and she's appeared on other TV shows as well, including an episode of "How I Met Your Mother."

She's also a singer, having released an LP of pop tunes, titled It's Always the Innocent Ones, in 2006 (her only album to date). She's now married to Joe King, the guitarist in the rock band the Fray, in 2014, having met him two years earlier. She's now known as Candice Accola King, or just Candice King.  She even appeared on a promotional video for her husband's band's single, "Love Don't Die."

Fun fact: Although her parents are Republicans, Mrs. King is an ardent Democrat.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Beauty Of Anonymity, Model ID Update: Winnie Hollman and Gunilla Bergström!

Before I get to my new A-Z series of women I haven't featured before, I have an update on the post showing Margrit Ramme with two unidentified models from a 1978 Gimbels department store ad.  My friend Fred DeVito, who made his living in the 1970s taking photos for department stores ads for newspapers, identified Margrit's friends as Winnie Hollman and Gunilla Bergström.

Winnie Hollman, on the left of the photo, is a model from Denmark, while Gunilla Bergström, as you can gather, is from Sweden. 

Of course, just showing them as part of a trio without giving each of them their due is not quite fair, is it?  You can bet that I'll be featuring each of them individually in the not-too-distant future.  Watch for them.  

I'll be back in a couple of days . . .

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect: Eva Voorhees for Royal Silk

I'm always happy to revisit Eva Voorhees, the model who discovered this blog and opened up a new world for me, befriending me and making possible my associations with other models of her generation. :-)

Both of these pictures are from Royal Silk, the one above from an ad, the one below from a catalog.

I can't explain the tweed jacket here either.  I mean, it's from a Royal Silk catalog?

This is my first Eva Voorhees post since June 2015, a time gap that is far too long.  I hope to feature her here again before another thirty-four months pass. 

That's it for retrospectives for now.  An A-Z round of new subjects begins in the merry month of May.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect (and Anonymity): Margrit Ramme With Friends

You all know the ethereally lovely blonde reclining at the bottom of this photo - Margrit Ramme, the evergreen German model who has been a regular subject on this blog (and whom I last featured in December 2017).

But who are her friends?

This photo is from a late-seventies ad for Gimbels Department Store (remember Gimbels?) in New York,  and while Margrit Ramme is instantly recognizable, I have no idea who the other two models are.  Having featured Alison Vietor in July 2011 and then featuring her as an unidentified model in December 2017 without being able recognize her, I am well aware that I might have featured one or both of the other women by name already, and that certainly would be embarrassing, would it?  But then models are so good at projecting different looks, so that sometimes happens.  And need I remind you that Esmé Marshall and Julie Wolfe looked so much like each other that even modeling agents couldn't tell them apart? :-D 

Anyway, I do recognize Margrit Ramme - a dear friend of mine - and that's why I'm featuring this photo here.  If anyone can identify both of or even one of the other two women, please leave a comment in the field below this post. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Beauty of Retrospect: Esmé Marshall

A few model retrospectives to end the month . . .

First, I'm revisiting Esmé Marshall, someone I haven't featured here since February 2014.  She was one of the most stunning faces of the early eighties, and this photo, with her soft, gentle expression, proves it.   

This picture is from an ad for Lancaster of Monaco skin purifier, a product that the ad says "European women have learned to trust in."  For the record, Esmé Marshall is an American.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Actress Rita Wilson

If being married to a nice man is a matter of luck, than Rita Wilson is the luckiest woman in Hollywood.  She is, after all, married to Tom Hanks.

But Rita Wilson has her own identity as an actress, having appeared in many TV shows in guest roles, as well as movies - mainly romantic comedies.  Among her film credits are Sleepless In Seattle, Runaway Bride, The Story Of Us, and It's Complicated.  She also had a cameo in 1996's That Thing You Do!, a sixties period movie about an aspiring pop band that was directed by . . . Tom Hanks.     

Ms. Wilson is also a movie producer, having produced the surprise 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  She's also a singer, believe it or not, having released two albums - the first, 2012's AM/FM, being a collection of sixties and seventies pop covers.

No static at all. :-)

Fun fact: Rita Wilson was in an episode of "The Brady Bunch," the one where Greg, as the chairman of a student athletics committee, has to cast the deciding vote on who gets to be the head cheerleader at his high school.  He has to choose between his girlfriend, his sister, or a third girl he doesn't know from Eve.  Rita Wilson played the third girl - and (spoiler alert for those who never saw it!), she got his vote. :-)      

Monday, April 23, 2018

Model Ursula Vincent

Ursula Vincent is a model from the early 1980s.

Biographical data on her is scant, but she was represented in Switzerland by the Fotogen agency in Zurich. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Model Heather Stewart-Whyte

Heather Stewart-Whyte is a British model who can look great in anything from the sexiest black dress like the Rive Gauche number in the photo below . . .

. . . or in a more casual outfit.

Heather Stewart-Whyte was a seventeen-year old governess when got her first modeling job by answering an Elite Model Management ad.  Her first gig was a nice learning experience for her, and she didn't think she was quite ready yet.   She waited to devote herself to being a full-time model when she turned 21, in 1989.

Ms,. Stewart-White - as posh and as British as her double surname suggests - became a runway regular at all of the big fashion shows throughout the nineties, modeling for Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent, among others. Her magazine cover credits include the  Marie Claire and Elle in her native Britain, France, Germany and Italy, Vogue in France, and also Elle and Vogue in Spain.  American covers?  Sorry, I couldn't find any credits for U.S. covers -  I suppose she was just too good for us unwashed Yanks.

She also did ads for Christian Dior, Guy Laroche, and L'Oreal, and she became the first face of Tiffany as well.

You can learn more about Heather Stewart-Whyte - and listen to her incredibly cultured voice - in the video interview with her below.  

She remains active as a model, working through the Models 1 agency.

Fun fact: Her father was a leading member of Britain's Conservative Party.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

MSNBC newswoman Stephanie Ruhle

When it comes to morning news broadcasts, STEPHANIE RUHLES! ;-)

Stephanie Ruhle anchors MSNBC twice on weekday mornings - first the 9 AM Eastern hour solo, then the 11 AM Eastern hour with Ali Velshi.  Originally from Bergen County, New Jersey, Ms. Ruhle started out in banking before switching to broadcast journalism, though she originally covered - you guessed it - finance.  She went to Bloomberg Television in 2011, where she co-hosted the program "Inside Track" (not to be confused with Graham Nash's early-nineties music-based talk show of the similar title) with  Erik Schatzker.  The pair later appeared on Bloomberg's "Market Makers," and she later co-hosted "Bloomberg " with David Westin before making the move to MSNBC in April 2016.

At her current cable news channel, Ms. Ruhle takes a critical eye and a critical voice toward a lot of what's coming out of Washington, and she uses her banking background to expose, in layman's terms anyone can understand, obscenities like financial deregulation and the Republican tax bill.

Her mind and her tongue are equally sharp, and she proves once and for all that acerbic is the new beautiful. :-)