Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Canadian-born cosmetics executive Elizabeth Arden was born today (December 31st) in 1878.
Planning to get rich by making other women pay to be beautiful, and backed by nothing more than determination, a gift for salesmanship and a fictitious name, she proceeded to create a new industry. Some said her success lay in treating women like horses and horses like women. She certainly tyrannized over both her staff and her clients, only cosseting her derby-winning thoroughbreds and her pet dogs. Her business took the place of romance, and her racing stable gave her the entree into society she longed for. What need did she have for men?
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
German-born American actress of the 1930s & 40s Marlene Dietrich was born today (27th December) in 1901. Her her magnetic personality, beauty, style, and sense of the outrageous, made her an international star and symbol of glamour.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Born today (December 25) in 1884, the notoriously beautifully model and chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit.
Her picture adorned every newspaper and magazine in America as 'America’s prettiest girl model,' and she was immortalized as Charles Dana Gibson’s favorite 'Gibson Girl'. Also, known as known as 'the girl on the red velvet swing' - a title she earned when she described swinging naked on a red velvet swing in Stanford White's New York studio apartment.
When White, her lover & New York's most famous architect, was shot dead by her ex-husband she became entangled in the ensuing scandal and murder trial labeled 'the crime of the century'.
Italian opera soprano Lina Cavalieri was born today (25th December ) in 1874.
A prominent star in both pre-Revolutionary Russia and New York, the cabaret performer, courtesan, and international star, described as "the most beautiful woman in the world", was one of the most frequently photographed personalities of her time and features on many antique postcards.
Her career moved from early experiences in café-chantant and variety theatres in Paris, London, and St. Petersburg, through to a highly successful operatic career in which she sang in many of the world's leading opera houses with such celebrities as Caruso and Ruffo.
In 1914, Cavalieri became the first great opera singer to appear in silent movies, making her debut in Manon Lescaut and continuing with a series of successful films. Her life was ended by an Allied air raid in World War II, on 7 February 1944.