Quote of the week

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.Lucille Ball

Vivien Leigh’s jewelry up for auction

Jewels belonging to Gone With The Wind star Vivien Leigh will go under the hammer alongside some of the actress’ most prized personal possessions. Dozens of pieces of jewelry, as well as paintings, books, furniture and clothing once owned by the star, will be included in “Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection,” an auction scheduled for Sept. 26 at Sotheby’s in New York. Continue reading “Vivien Leigh’s jewelry up for auction”

Audrey Hepburn

Birth: May 4,1929
Elsene, Belgium

Death: 20 January, 1993
Tolochenaz, Switzerland

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4th 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was born into a privileged family: her mother Ella was a Dutch baroness  and her British father Joseph had a good job at a loan company in Belgium. Audrey also had two half brothers from her mother’s previous marriage: Ian and Alex. At age 5 Audrey entered a boarding school in England and it was there that she fell in love with ballet, a lifelong passion. But all was not well in the family: Joseph was a heavy drinker and left when Audrey was six. Little Audrey was devastated and begged for her father to have visitation rights. He eventually got them, but he never visited her.
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The Misfits (1961)

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Genre: Drama

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The recently divorced Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) falls for down-on-his-luck cowboy Gaylord Langland (Clark Gable). She joins him and his partners Guido (Eli Wallach) and Perce (Montgomery Clift) in the Nevada country. But Roslyn gets angry with the men when she finds out that the reason they look for ‘misfits’ (wild horses that are too small for any work) is to have them killed and turned into dog food. Continue reading “The Misfits (1961)”

Audrey Hepburn’s sons fight legal battle

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Audrey Hepburn’s oldest son, Sean Ferrer, is in a legal battle with the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. The fund, which raises money for children’s charities by exhibiting Audrey Hepburn memorabilia—centered mostly on a collection of Givenchy gowns—around the world, filed a lawsuit against Ferrer on Wednesday, claiming he’s impeding the charity’s fundraising for his own benefit. The Chairman of the Board of the Fund is his half-brother Luca Dotti. Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn’s sons fight legal battle”

Debbie Reynolds dies at age 84

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Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, famed actor and author Carrie Fisher. Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher. “The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again,” Todd said. “Fifteen minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.” Continue reading “Debbie Reynolds dies at age 84”

Giveaway: Peter O’Toole the Definitive Biography

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Peter O’Toole was not just one of the most charismatic actors of his time, he was also a Classic Hollywood staple. He starred in the classic feauture Lawrence of Arabia, was friends with Richard Burton and worked with classic leading ladies like Audrey Hepburn.
Now we are able to learn more about his fascinating life through the new book: Peter O’Toole The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers. And St Martin’s Press has allowed Classic Hollywood Central to give away 10 copies to its U.S. readers!

For your chance to win, send your name and e-mail address to: info@classichollywoodcentral.com before the 30th of November. (U.S. only) Continue reading “Giveaway: Peter O’Toole the Definitive Biography”

Rare Marilyn Monroe items to be auctioned

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A much publicised sale of hundreds of items of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is to be held on 17 November. The auction, at Julien’s in Los Angeles, includes innumerable dresses such as the one Marilyn wore when she sag ‘Happy Birthday’ to John F Kennedy (estimated at $3.3m) and a great deal of jewellery, such as a diamond cocktail watch (estimated at $100,000). Continue reading “Rare Marilyn Monroe items to be auctioned”

Classic Hollywood Love Stories: Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier

They were the ultimate show business power-couple, conquering both the stage and film together. Although their relationship did not last, their love for each other always did. Classic Hollywood Central takes a look at some of Classic Hollywood’s real-life love stories and continues this journey with the story of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.
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