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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard: story of true love

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at their ranch

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at their ranch

Beautiful Carole Lombard, who could equally well shine in front of the camera and swear like a trooper, and Clark Gable – “King of Hollywood” and ladies’ man. Their relationship became atypical Hollywood fairy tale with atypical tragic ending. In 1926, Carole Lombard had a car accident, in which broken windshield severely injured her face, from the nose to the left cheekbone. Carole had 14 stitches on her face, and a deep red scar. In the end, she made plastic, and the scar became less noticeable. She underwent the operation refusing anesthesia, because at that time, it was thought that the use of anesthesia does not guarantee the preservation of beauty.
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Vintage Beauty icon Dovima

Vintage Beauty icon Dovima. Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba (December 11, 1927 – May 3, 1990)

Model and actress, Vintage Beauty icon Dovima. Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba (December 11, 1927 – May 3, 1990)

Dovima, also known as Doe, was born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba on December 11, 1927 in Queens. It is known that she was half Polish and half-Irish. She was raised by her mother, and all her childhood the girl spent in poverty. In addition, Dorothy became ill with rheumatism and spent 7 years in bed. Even learning took place at home, where teachers came to her. Dorothy drew. And signed her works with the first syllable of the name – thus appeared the world-famous nickname Dovima. “I never considered myself a beautiful woman. As a child I was a skinny, gangly creature with ugly front teeth – I broke them playing in my mother’s closet “- said Dovima once. And yet, as a child she wanted to become a ballerina. But the disease ruined her dream.
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1960s London beauty Henrietta Tiarks

1960s London beauty Henrietta Tiarks. Photo by Mark Shaw. 1959

Photo by Mark Shaw. 1959. 1960s London beauty Henrietta Tiarks

1960s London beauty Henrietta Tiarks
Once, among the vintage photos of the 1950s, I came across the image of a beautiful lady, whose waist was fantastically thin. Whether it was a corset, or a matter constitution, there was something else, that didn’t let me pass by. It was her touchingly beautiful appearance reminiscent of Jacqueline Kennedy, that can hardly be found these days – the embodiment of femininity, gentility, elegance, doll-like, but natural face. She looks at us with raised eyebrows and eyes wide opened, and this kind and clever look is from the distant 1959. Henrietta Joan Tiarks was one of the most popular London beauties at the time.
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Edwardian era actress Lily Elsie

Edwardian era actress Lily Elsie

Edwardian era actress Lily Elsie (1886 – 1962)

Edwardian era actress Lily Elsie

Lily Elsie was the most photographed actress, singer and model during the Edwardian era. On the stage Elsie seemed mysteriously beautiful with her perfect Grecian profile, enormous blue eyes, and hauntingly sad smile. Lily Elsie was not very fond of her profession, as in life she was shy, and took breaks for several years. Childless, she was not happy in marriage, and her husband did not welcome her work on the stage. Lily Elsie wore dresses by a well-known fashion designer Lucy Duff, who saved from the “Titanic” in the infamous “boat of millionaires.” After the resounding success of her costumes in the operetta “The Merry Widow”, all paid tribute to the beauty of Lily Elsie. Her outfits and hats were copied and sold in the majority of the London department stores. She was loved for her looks, dresses and taste. Lily Elsie was so popular, and thousands of cards with her picture had huge circulations. Lily herself did not consider herself beautiful and, according to the recollections of her friends, “Lily Elsie was always shy and unsure of herself. She considered herself too thin, not too showy, with too low voice.”
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Legend of XX century Josephine Baker

Legend of XX century Josephine Baker

French-American dancer, singer and actress, legend of XX century Josephine Baker

Legend of XX century Josephine Baker – the black pearl of “Roaring Twenties” – era, so vividly represented in the novel by Scott Fitzgerald “The Great Gatsby”. French-American dancer, singer and actress, Josephine Baker made a brilliant career, and was the star of the Parisian cabaret. Noteworthy, the audience for the first time saw Charleston in her performance. Josephine, called Black Venus, visited poet Baudelaire in his dreams. And according to Ernest Hemingway, she was the most amazing woman he ever knew. Indeed, Josephine inspired sculptors, painters, poets and architects. Interestingly, Adolf Loos dedicated to her “House of Josephine Baker”, Alexander Calder – his wire sculptures, Gertrude Stein wrote a poem in prose, and Paul Colin was the author of many of her portraits, lithographs and posters. Meanwhile, Josephine claimed that Picasso drew her portraits many times (work not preserved). But in the famous series of Matisse “The Creole Dancer” and “Jazz” influence and spirit of Josephine is easily recognizable.
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Saint Frances Farmer of Hollywood

Saint Frances Farmer of Hollywood

Frances Elena Farmer (September 19, 1913 – August 1, 1970). Saint Frances Farmer of Hollywood

Saint Frances Farmer of Hollywood
In the mid-20th century, the name of Hollywood actress Frances Farmer never left the headlines. The writing was not so much about the roles played by her, but about scandals plagued the star throughout life. She endured numerous arrests, forced hospitalization and sessions of lobotomy … True, there were those who supported the Hollywood star – Kurt Cobain thought she was his muse and named his daughter Frances Cobain in honor of Frances Farmer. The tribute to his muse became his song “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle”. He was confident that the case against her was the result of a massive conspiracy. In addition to this, Courtney Love on her wedding day wore a dress previously owned by Farmer. In 1980, Mylene Gautier, now known as Mylene Farmer, changed her name to Farmer in honor of the legendary actress. In 1996, Sally Clark wrote a stage play about tragic fate of Farmer, entitled “St. Frances of Hollywood”.
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Creation of Snowman – history, meaning and tradition

Creation of Snowman. Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana as snowmen in the Netherlands (1913)

Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana as snowmen in the Netherlands (1913). Creation of Snowman

Creation of Snowman
In Russia, there is a good proverb “Prepare the sled in summer, and cart in winter”. Indeed, when, if not in summer to write about the most cheerful winter ritual – making snowman. Meanwhile, the tradition is very ancient. Thus, the first written mention of a snowman dates back to the 13th century. Interestingly, believe it or not, but first snowman was an evil character! That’s why many wanted him to melt. In fact, snowman represented frost, blizzard, short daylight hours, cold and other winter woes! Indeed, Snowman was the spirit of winter since ancient pagan times. Nevertheless, surrounded by a lot of prejudice, Snowman has survived. And in some areas of tsarists Russia, instead of January people used the word “snowman”! In addition, some sources also claim that the Slavs believed in living in the winter sky some nymphs who commanded snow, fog and snowstorm. And they sculpted snowmen to glorify and to honor them.
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