The gown you missed, and a happy 104th to Harlow   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.03.03 at 19:58

Current mood: enthralledenthralled

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Are you ticked off because you couldn’t make it to the Hollywood Costume exhibit at the future site of the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum (it closed yesterday), and thus missed a chance to see Carole Lombard’s gown from “My Man Godfrey” (the one she’s wearing above) up close and personal? Well, don’t fret. Even though photography was forbidden at the exhibit, someone associated with the exhibit took a pic of the “Godfrey” gown, and while it looked silver onscreen, the sepia portrait above provides a closer idea as to how the beaded silk outfit appears in real life:

Perhaps the gown drew so much attention — a tribute to Lombard’s timeless appeal — that someone associated with the exhibit put up a photo of it. I know Deborah Nadoolman Landis, curator of the exhibit (and the wife of director John Landis), is a fan of the gown (and of Carole). Many of the outfits shown at the show can be seen in her fascinating book “Hollywood Costume,” which can be purchased online at for under $20 in softcover:

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Also, today marks the 104th anniversary of the birth of someone who became a close friend of Carole’s, a woman whose career path somewhat paralleled hers in many ways, including a tragic fate…Jean Harlow.

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Harlow’s fans are every bit as passionate about their star as their Carole counterparts — indeed, there’s plenty of overlap between them. Here’s a 6 1/2-minute film of stills featuring Jean in the great outdoors (swimming, with pets, playing tennis, golf, etc.) Like Jean herself, it’s seductively charming:

Posted March 3, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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