Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cloris Leachman's Pajamas From Raising Hope

I recently bought a pair of pajamas worn by Cloris Leachman in the TV series Raising Hope. She wore them
in episode 419 "Para-Natesville Activity".


Raising Hope aired on Fox from 2010 until 2014. Cloris played the role of Maw Maw and was nominated for an Emmy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vintage Autograph Collection

I have been collecting vintage Hollywood autographs for years, Many of my autographs can be 
seen on this blog. Here is a portion of my collection ...

 Clara Bow signed page from 1929

Loretta Young signed page

 Elizabeth Taylor signed page

1961 guestbook signed by Janet Gaynor, Natalie Wood, and Robert Wagner

Clark Gable signed page

William Powell signed page from 1942

Cesar Romero signed Christmas card

Pat O'Brien signed photo

Jeannette MacDonald's Dress From The Sun Come Up

In 2013 I purchased a dress Jeanette MacDonald wore in the film The Sun Comes Up. It was designed by Irene.

The Sun Comes Up was released on May 12, 1949. It was Jeanette's final film.

Designer Irene in 1949


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charlotte Greenwood's Dress From Dixie Dugan

In 2014 I purchased a dress Charlotte Greenwood wore in the movie Dixie Dugan. It was based on the popular comic strip.

Dixie Dugan was released on March 12, 1943. Charlotte plays Lois Andrews' mother, Mrs. Dugan.

Sally Eilers

"I like the limelight. I'm the girl who yearned to be an actress and got her wish." ~ Sally

Sally Eilers was born Dorothea Sally Eilers on December 11, 1908 in New York City. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was a child and she began to attend acting classes. One day Sally was having lunch with her friend Carole Lombard when producer Mack Sennett saw her and asked her to become one of his bathing beauties. Soon Sally was landing small parts in movies like The Good-Bye Kiss and Broadway Babies with Alice White. In 1928 she was chosen as one of the Wampas Baby stars. She became a popular leading lady starring in the pre-code films Bad Girl and Sailor's Luck. Sally was called "the most beautiful girl in movies". She married western actor Hoot Gibson, her costar in Clearing The Range, in 1930.

They divorced three years later and she married producer Harry Brown. The couple had one son together. After divorcing Harry in 1943 she married World War 2 Lieutenant Howard Barney. By the end of the 1940s her third marriage was over and her career was in trouble.  She was no longer being offered good roles so she decided to quit acting. Her final film was the 1950 western Stage To Tuscon. Sally's fourth marriage, to director Hollingsworth Morse, lasted nine years. As she grew older she suffered from health problems and stayed out of the spotlight. Sally died on January 5, 1978 from a heart attack at the age of sixty-nine. She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

~ Original biography by Elizabeth Ann 2014

 Jean Harlow and Sally

With Harry Brown and their son

Virginia Vance

Virginia Vance was born Dahlia Roberta Pears on July 1, 1902 in Illinois. She moved to Hollywood and became one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. In 1922 she made her acting debut in the comedy short Crash. Virginia would appear in more than ninety short films including Don't Hesitate and Hold You Hat. She married actor Bryant Washburn in 1929 and retired. The couple had one daughter. Virginia died of a heart attack on October 13, 1942. She was just forty years old.

Dressed for St. Patrick's Day

With Cliff Bowes in Don't Hesitate

Lucille Ball

"I'm not funny, what I am is brave." - Lucille

Lucille Desiree Ball was born on August 3, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. Her father died when she was three years old. Lucille moved to New York City and began her career as a model. For a short time she used the stage name Diane Belmont. Her big break came when producer Sam Goldwyn chose her to be one of his "Goldwyn Girls". Lucille started getting small roles in movies like Stage Door and Room Service. While making the comedy Too Many Girls she met bandleader Desi Arnaz and they were married in 1940. To get more attention in Hollywood Lucille dyed her brown hair red. In 1943 she signed a contract with MGM where she was nicknamed "Techinicolor Tessie". She worked with Bob Hope in Fancy Pants and with Van Johnson in Easy To Wed but she was unhappy with the roles she was given.

Lucille suffered several miscarriage before becoming a mother at age thirty-nine. In 1951 she teamed up with Desi to star in and produce the television series I Love Lucy. The show was a big success and they became the most popular couple on television. Even the birth of their son in 1953 became national news. Unfortunately Desi's drinking and affairs caused problems in their marriage. Lucille divorced him and married comedian Gary Morton in 1961. She would star in two more long-running television series making her a comedy legend . Her final public appearance would be at the 1989 Academy Awards. She died on April 26, 1989 from an aortic aneurysm. Lucille was cremated and her ashes were buried in Los Angeles but in 2002 her family moved them to Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York.

~ Original biography by Elizabeth Ann 2013

 With Desi Arnaz

A signed check (from my collection)

Lucille's statue (from my collection)