Holidays, Hollywood style   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.04 at 15:50

Current mood: jubilantjubilant

“Huh?,” you’re saying to yourself. What’s a Halloween-themed photo of Carole Lombard doing on July 4? As it turns out, while Lombard certainly was a patriot, I don’t believe she ever specifically posed for an Independence Day photo — unlike contemporaries such as Thelma Todd (seeing this should cool you off)…

…Dorothy Mackaill…

…or Marion Davies:

Many stars posed for holiday-related photos — some reverent, most kitschy. And the way Hollywood celebrated holidays is the subject of a book two Facebook friends of mine have collaborated on, a book that will be released later this year.

Karie Bible perhaps is best known as the tour guide for Hollywood Forever Cemetery (whose tour I discussed last August at, but also is co-author of “Location Filming in Los Angeles.” She co-authored this with Mary Mallory, author of “Hollywoodland” and a writer for The Daily Mirror local history blog.

The 7″ x 10″, 192-page book, set for release in October, will have 221 photos related to holidays throughout the year — New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, clear through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The last of these is the only other one besides Halloween that I know of for which she was a photo subject:

Since I don’t have a list of who made the cut, I’ll put forth a few possible candidates. How about Mae West as Lady Liberty? (She certainly was a leader against censorship.)

Perennial starlet Toby Wing has a Valentine’s Day request:

Marilyn Monroe posed for many such photos, especially early in her career, though she doesn’t appear too displeased with this Turkey Day shoot, er, shot:

“Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays” is from Schiffer Publishing (, and also can be pre-ordered via Barnes & Noble ( and (

To close, my own July 4 celebration, courtesy of the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper and his stars-and-stripes bat; he clubbed his 25th homer as the Nats rolled past San Francisco in Washington’s now-traditional Independence Day 11 a.m. (Eastern) start:

Posted July 4, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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