Tree sitting (September 2, 1953)
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton H. Greene in Laurel Canyon, California
Happy Birthday Harold Lloyd! » Born April 20, 1893
In the collective mindset of the masses, it’s a given assumption that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby is the dominant, all-encompassing definitive characterization of America’s Roaring Twenties.
But a more appropriate personification of the decade is Harold Lloyd, whose life, films, and most of all ‘Glass’ character reflected the social dynamics and attitudes of that transformative era. Whilst in retrospect we maybe see the jaded disillusionment of ourselves and our times in Gatsby, those living through the 1920s saw themselves in go-getter Harold Lloyd’s energetic screen presence. His endearing optimism and distinctive character is unmistakable. Always pushing the possibilities, but never pushing them into the absurd, he grounded himself firmly in the social imaginations and values that formed modern America.
Harold Lloyd captured the essence of ambition and social possibility that shaped the 20s more than any other movie idol. And among the comedy giants, there were none bigger. He was the most real, the most human. And he was handsome. He was resourceful, even when travelling at high speed through the urban phantasmagoria of the booming city. Obsessed with climbing the social ladder, making a buck, and getting the girl, he achieved all three through the genius of his inventive spirit, endless energy, and intuition; such was also the nature of Lloyd’s filmmaking. So many film ‘firsts’ were Harold’s.
Even people who don’t know Lloyd’s name will probably recognize the ubiquitous image of the young man in horn-rimmed glasses and boater hat, scaling the side of a building and dangling from the hands of its clock. Like never before, suddenly in the 20s the impossible was possible, and Harold Lloyd did the impossible, right before the audience’s eyes. He fulfilled the dream, and like scaling a building, reached the highest heights. But as every decade must end, so did the 20s, and no other decade ended quite as hard. Inevitably thus, the sparkle in Lloyd’s eye faded out.
One simply can’t deny or ignore Harold Lloyd’s universally timeless appeal. Yes, he embodied the collective dreams of social self-betterment that so tapped into the 20s movie-going public, but his comedy also stands up today as uniquely relatable and exciting. That smile could tap into the American Dream of any era. Yet he is solidified in history, tied to his time and his place. Harold Lloyd is eternally youthful; eternally 20s.
Norma Shearer with a rabbit friend on the set of Romeo and Juliet, 1936
Remembering the eternally beautiful Jayne Mansfield | April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967
Actress, comedienne, pin up, daughter, wife, and last but not least, loving mother.
“I am not what I appear to be at all. To me, the most glamorous woman in the world is a mother.” –Jayne Mansfield, interview for the Milwaukee Journal, May 24, 1959
“She had no desire to be second at anything, and in striving to be first she learned the value of hard work.”–Raymond Strait, Jayne’s press agent
~♡~ We live to love you more each day… ~♡~
Chorus girls on the set of ‘Star for a Night’
A forty-one inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee-a lot more. But most girls don’t know what to do with what they’ve got.
Happy Birthday, Jayne Mansfield! (born Vera Jayne Palmer ; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967)