Brigitte Bardot was born today (September 28) in 1934, Paris, France. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15 Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine "Elle". Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952 she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in Le Trou Normand (1952). Two more films followed, and in the same year she also married Roger Vadim. The two had known each other years earlier and she wanted to marry him when she was 17, but her parents quashed any marriage plans until she turned 18. The union lasted only five years. Capitalizing on her success in French films, she made her first US production in 1953 in Un Acte d'Amour (1953) with Kirk Douglas, but she continued to make films in France. Taking the US by storm, her explosive sexuality was unlike anything seen in the US since the days of the flapper in the 1920s. She gave rise to the phrase "sex kitten" and fascination for her in the US consisted of magazine photographs and dubbed over French films -good, bad or indifferent, her films drew audiences -mainly men--into theaters like lemmings. In 1965 she appeared as herself in the American-made Dear Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart (she only appeared in one scene). Just before she turned 40, Brigitte retired from movies. source/more
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Born today (September 18) in Stockholm, Sweden in 1905, actress Greta Garbo.
...In Anna Karenina (1935) the train pulls into the Moscow train station, a cloud of steam envelopes the exit of a first class car and then a woman emerges from the cloud. The figure is aristocratic, the face is a vision. But it's the eyes that enthrall the viewer and Vronsky who has expected his mother to be the first woman off the train. Bosley Crowther, New York Times film critic from 1940 to 1967, had this to say about the Garbo eyes: "Set in the face of classic structure were large, sad, luminous eyes that expressed a limited but intense emotional range". Crowther did not include this film in his short list of Garbo's major artistic achievements. His list: Anna Christie (1930) where Garbo "made the role of the cynical dockside ex- prostitute a thing of poetic beauty;" Camille (1936) where she played the Paris courtesan who had inspired novels, concertos and an opera with "alabaster loveliness;" Ninotchka (1939) where Garbo "demonstrated that she had the wit and flexibility to be a fine comedienne;" Grand Hotel (1932) where Garbo, then only 26, played a fading ballerina; and Queen Christina (1933) where Crowther was impressed by how she "deftly romped in masculine costumes". All of Garbo's films were in black and white and black and white enhanced her mystery and romantic allure. In real life, Garbo knew when to make her exit from Hollywood and the public eye. Her sense of timing, when to make her entrance and her exit - perhaps she learned something from Tolstoy whose Anna Karenina (1935) must have been based on a woman just as real as Maureen O'Sullivan's Kitty in that film whom a man like Tolstoy won when Kitty lost Vronsky to a woman who could reveal so much through her eyes. source/more
Swedish poster for Anna Christie (1931)
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Born today (September 16) in New York City in 1924, sultry film and stage actress Lauren Bacall.
Bacall originally wanted to be a dancer but she soon became interested in acting. A modeling job put Lauren's face on the the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US, where the wife of famed director Howard Hawks spotted the picture and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, she was given the part of Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. This not only set the tone for a fabulous career but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories (she married Bogart in 1945). It was also the first of several Bogie-Bacall films.
After 1945's Confidential Agent (1945), Lauren received second billing in The Big Sleep (1946) with Bogart. The mystery, in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, was a resounding success. Although she was making one film a year, each production would be eagerly awaited by the public. In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starred in the thriller Dark Passage (1947). The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The following year, she starred with Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in Key Largo (1948). The crime drama was even more of a nail biter than her previous film. ..more/source
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