Born in 1911 in Tampa, Florida, actress Butterfly McQueen. Ms. McQueen is famous for her role as Prissy in Gone With The Wind. She also appeared in Cabin In The Sky, Mildred Pierce and Duel In The Sun.
Born on this day in 1904, in Essex, UK, actress Greer Garson. Garson starred in several hit films during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Including; Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Miniver and Little Women.
Born on this day in 1922, television and film star, Yvonne De Carlo. De Carlo played Lily Munster on the TV series, The Munsters, after a successful career in film, having starred in Criss Cross, The Ten Commandments, and McLintok!
Born on this day in 1933, in Denver, Colorado, actress Debra Paget. Paget had a lengthy career, starring opposite Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender, and Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments.
Born on this day in 1938, in San Francisco, California, actress Natalie Wood. Wood starred in many silver screen classics, including Miracle On 34th Street, Rebel Without A Cause and West Side Story.
Born on this day in 1907, actor Rosalind Russell. Best-remembered for her signature roles in the films “His Girl Friday“, opposite Cary Grant, “Auntie Mame” and “Gypsy.” Russell had a lengthy career, which ran from the 1930’s until the early 1970’s.
Happy birthday to Charlie Chaplin, born on this day in 1889.
Golden-era actor Patric Knowles had more than a passing resemblance to Warner Bros. Studio star Erol Flynn. The two were friends in real life, and made four films together; Charge Of The Light Brigade in 1936, and Robin Hood, Four’s A Crowd and The Sisters, all in 1938.
While he was probably often thought of as Warner’s B-movie Erol Flynn, he starred in numerous A-list movies, alongside Bette Davis, Abbott & Costello, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Lucille Ball, to name a few.
We here at Pop-a-looza HQ think that actors Bruce Greenwood and Dennis Quaid have a very similar look. While they probably won’t get mistaken as twins, they do look like they could at least be siblings.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon is author Mallory O’Meara’s dive into the life of Milicent Patrick. Until O’Meara’s book came out in 2019, not many people were aware of who Milicent Patrick was. Thanks to the author’s dedicated research, she has brought Milicent Patrick into the spotlight.
Milicent Patrick’s claim to (now) fame was that she designed the Creature from the Black Lagoon, for the film of the same name. She was a talented woman who not only created famous Hollywood monsters, but also worked for Walt Disney as an animator. Milicent faded into obscurity, and never got credit for her design…until O’Meara.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon not only follows Milicent Patrick, and her struggles through Old Hollywood, but also O’Meara’s own story and struggles in Hollywood. The parallel between the women’s lives is both heartbreaking and touching, and I’m sure if Milicent was still alive, the two would be fast friends.
I picked this book up for two reasons: I love old movies, and am always looking to learn more about them, and secondly, I’ll be honest, the cover of the book. I’m a sucker for an attention grabbing cover, and this book has got it! Setting aside the cover, though…the content was just what I was hoping for. It was an honest and well-researched look into what life was like in the movie industry for a woman, during what we now think of as ‘Old Hollywood’. Highly recommend.
Pick up the paperback edition of O’Meara’s Los Angeles Time Bestseller, available on March 3, 2020.