Monday, November 30, 2009
Hello friends! I have met the novel requirement and am back to blogging. Thanks again for all the support and encouragement. It means more to me than you know. I have decided to write about one of my favorite movies of all time, "An Affair to Remember." I love watching this movie especially at Christmas. Here are some fun facts about the film and some photos to go along with them. Have a great Monday, friends!
Deborah Kerr's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed her in The King and I (1956) the previous year.
Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant improvised many of their scenes throughout filming, and a number of lines that made it to the final cut of the film came from the actors' improvisation.
References to this movie in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (1993), revitalized interest in the film, and led to 2 million additional sales of the 1957 classic on VHS.
Ingrid Bergman was the first choice to play Terry McKay.
Cary Grant would later admit that, like many of An Affair to Remember's fans, he always cried while watching the film's ending.
Robert Wagner, still at the start of his career, was a frequent visitor to the set so he could watch Grant work.
While filming a scene on board the luxury liner, Grant pointed out that the steward's jacket had the wrong buttons for the Queen Mary. Although crew members insisted nobody would know the difference, he said, "Yes, but I'll know it," so they changed the buttons.
Kerr had not seen Cathleen Nesbitt, cast as Grant's grandmother, in 19 years. Back then, Nesbitt had played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, with Kerr as a lady in waiting. The film marked the start of a long friendship between them.
In France, the film was called "She and He", "A Splendid Love" in Italy, "The Great Love of My Life" in Portugal, "Too Late to Forget" in Brazil, "All of Love" in Sweden and "Unforgettable Fondness" in Finland.
With $3.85 million in box office receipts, An Affair to Remember was one of the top-grossing films of 1957.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Well, I did it! I actually wrote the novel in 30 days! I can't believe it. I am really proud of myself. I am so blessed to have so much support in my life including my family, Jerry, and blogger friends. You all have really been inspirational to me and I've appreciated getting your comments of support more than you know. Revision starts now, but I've met the requirement! Let the celebrating begin!
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Friday, November 27, 2009
Can I do it? I have to finish the novel by Monday to cross the finish line. I'm only up to 30,000 words. Needless to say, that's what I will be doing all day. Thanks so much for being patient with my lack of comments this week friends. I will be back Monday. Wish me luck!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Hey there friends! As you know, I'm trying to finish up my novel for National Novel Writing Month, so I am a little swamped! I am still trying to post every day, but don't have time this week to respond to a lot of comments. I hope you understand! I really value your feedback and get inspired to post again because of it. Please, please, please keep commenting! I promise I will be back in full force after the 30th when the novel is due!
One of my favorite movies is Grease. I thought I would give you a little trivia about the film and some images for a Tuesday. Enjoy!
--Henry Winkler, who became a sensation as "Fonzie" on "Happy Days" (1974), was considered for the role of Danny Zuko. However, he turned down the role for fear of being typecast.
--Susan Dey and Deborah Raffin were the first choices for the role of Sandy (Dey declined the role after her manager advised against it). Marie Osmond later claimed on "Larry King Live" (1985) that she had been also been offered the role but declined "on moral grounds" though she later admitted this to be untrue.
--Lucie Arnaz was first choice for the role of Rizzo but was rejected after her actress mother Lucille Ball refused to allow her to screen test at Paramount Studios (she wrongly claimed that she used to own it).
--Due to a zipper breaking, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into the trousers she wears in the last sequence (the carnival at Rydell).
--Jeff Conaway had to walk slightly stooped so that John Travolta would appear taller.
--Set in high school, most of the principal cast were way past their teenage years. When filming began in June 1977, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 28, Stockard Channing was 33, Jeff Conaway was 26, Barry Pearl was 27, Michael Tucci was 31, Kelly Ward was 20, Didi Conn was 25; Jamie Donnelly was 30, and Annette Charles was 29. Only Dinah Manoff, Lorenzo Lamas, and Eddie Deezen, all 19, were still teenagers.
--"You're the One That I Want" took just an afternoon to film.
--When Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate Newton-John's own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, foreign-exchange student from Australia. Also, because of Newton-John's casting, John Farrar (Newton-John's frequent songwriter) had to write two new songs for the film while other songs from the Broadway musical were dropped.
--Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Rizzo.
--For a time, it was the third highest grossing movie of all time behind only Jaws (1975) and Star Wars (1977).
--Danny's blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
--The original stage play had more sexual references than the censors wanted to allow. Among these was the use of plastic wrap as protection. To overcome the censors, there weren't any blatent references but Danny rubs plastic wrap over his crotch during "Greased Lightning".
--The scene in Frenchy's bedroom while Rizzo is singing the line about Elvis was actually filmed the same day that Elvis Presley died.
--In the scene where the cast are near the bridge after the car race, the water on the ground was stagnant and dangerous. Some cast members became ill from filming as the setting was a derelict place full of dirt and rubbish.
--"Greased Lightning" was supposed to be sung by Jeff Conaway's character, Kenickie, as it is in the stage version. John Travolta used his clout to have his character sing it. The director felt it was only right to ask Conaway if it was okay. At first he refused, but he eventually gave in.
--Rizzo's hickeys were real. Stockard Channing said in an interview that Jeff Conaway insisted on applying them himself.
--Jeff Conaway stated in an episode of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (2008) that while filming the scene/song "Greased Lightning" he was dropped by his fellow cast members and injured his back leading to his addiction to prescription painkillers.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I'm so sorry blogger friends that I have been lagging on getting back to you all. I barely have time to post, let alone respond to comments or comment on your fantastic blogs! I feel so out of the loop! I'm down to the last week of my novel and am a little stressed! I promise to be back on track and my normal self by next week. In the meantime, please forgive the lack of response and I hope you continue to comment. They truly make my day! Have a great night!!!
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I normally don't even watch the American Music Awards, but happened to catch them last night and wondered "What happened to fashion?" Am I alone, or was anyone else disappointed with the outfits? I know these awards are supposed to be a chance for stars to dress a little more edgy, but I didn't see one outfit I was impressed with. Carrie Underwood is just gorgeous, but who dressed her in that awful shorts thing with bright silver boots for her performance? What did you think? Have a great Monday friends!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
My brother recently moved to Canton, Ohio. My parents went to visit him and took a trip to Mansfield Prison, which was used in the film Shawshank Redemption. The prison was built in 1886 and held over 150,000 hardened criminals. The prison is supposedly one of the most haunted places on earth.
I happened to be up last night watching the Travel Channel and there was a documentary on the prison. It was so interesting that I thought I would share some information about the dreary place with you all.
The cornerstone laid on November 4, 1886 evolved into this magnificent Chateauesque structure. Cleveland architect Levi T. Scofield designed the Ohio State Reformatory using a combination of three architectural styles; Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne. This was done to encourage inmates back to a "rebirth" of their spiritual lives. The architecture itself inspired them to turn away from their sinful lifestyle, and toward repentance. This grand structure is comprised of more than 250,000 square feet and houses the world's largest free-standing steel cell block.
The Reformatory doors were opened to its first 150 young offenders in September 1896. After housing over 155,000 men in its lifetime, the doors to the prison closed December 31, 1990.
No matter what their crime, some sent to Mansfield have never left. They rest unclaimed in a cheerless graveyard just outside the fence. 215 numbered markers laid out row on row. Most were victims of disease, influenza, tuberculosis, but some died of less natural causes; From the violence, that is all to common inside any prison and was far from unknown in this one. And the worst of it occurred well away from the main cell block with their rows of cages stacked tier on tier, and inmates, one or two to a cell. There were too many eyes, too many witnesses here, no the worst of it was reserved for a far lonelier place, deep beneath the prison ground. A place called local control, or solitary, by some, known by everyone else as the hole. Near total isolation can crack all but the toughest of cons, but none was so alone that there wasn't room for death. At least one inmate managed to hang himself, another set himself on fire, once two men left too long in a single tomb like cell, only one walked out, leaving his cellmate's body behind, stuffed beneath a bunk.
Even when they're empty, some swear something walks these halls. It isn't enough for contemporary visitors not to wonder off alone while sight seeing, what‘s become one of Mansfield's more popular tourist attractions. But the bloodiest single incident in the old prison's history occurred outside it's walls. In July 1948, when the Reformatory's farm boss, his wife and daughter were kidnapped and shot to death by two parolees bent on revenge. A six state manhunt for the so called mad-dog killers ended in a shootout that left Robert Daniels of Columbus in custody and his partner, James West dead. "I'll get the Chair" Daniels told police as he signed the confession. And on January 3rd, 1949, he did. A year later in 1950 disaster struck again. This time, here in the living quarters of the Warden himself. The Warden's wife, removing a jewelry box from a closet shelf dislodged a pistol from it's hiding place. When it hit the floor, the gun went off inflicting a fatal wound. And within the decade, even more bad luck. The Warden, hard at work in his office, suffered a heart attack and died. All this was nearly 40 years ago and more, how then to explain the voices shaken tour guides swear they hear today? Man and woman talking, to faint to understand, too persistent to ignore and chilling to listeners who think they're alone, only to find themselves apparently eavesdropping on the warden and his wife locked forever in an endless conversation from beyond the grave.
The tour guides often have experiences they cannot explain. The photos my parents took had hundreds of orbs all over them. I can't wait to visit. Enjoy your Saturday friends!
All information provided by: Ohio State Reformatory
Friday, November 20, 2009
I am so in love with many blogs so once again I was inspired to create an award for you lovelies. I hope you like it! It's the Vintage Style Award. Same rules as always:
1. Link who gave you award
2. Give the award to 7 people
3. Let the people you've awarded know
Have a great night friends!
Here are my 5 blogs I want to recognize: They are amazing. You must check them out.
1. French Charming
2. Chronically Vintage
3. Glama Ray
4. HRH's Collection
5. Inspiration in Italy <3
6. Lily Lemontree
7. The Call of the Jitterbug Doll
Many of you know that I adore Snow White. I collect anything with her image on it, especially anything vintage or retro looking. I even have one of the songs from the film on my playlist! Every time I visit Disneyland I make sure to head over to the Snow White wishing well to make my wish. My fascination with Snow White started as a young girl. My mom said I would stand outside the ride, look up and see the Evil Queen, and start crying hysterically. I often have more interest in the Evil Queen than Snow White herself. How could I not? She is so gorgeous!
You might not know the story of the voice for Snow White. The film came out in 1937, making it Disney's first full length feature. There were many actresses who auditioned for the role of Snow White, but none had the childlike quality that Walt was looking for.
Adriana Caselotti had been an opera singer. Her father worked for many people in the industry. Someone from Disney called to ask him if he knew of anyone who had a childlike voice who could sing. His daughter Adriana was listening in the extension and started speaking like a child. She got the audition and the rest is history! Check out these images of Adriana and the classic animated Snow White. Have a fantastic Friday!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
On this day in 1976 Patty Hearst is let out on bail. If you don't know who Patty Hearst is, she is the granddaughter of the legendary publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Hearst’s ordeal began on the night of February 4, 1974, when, as a 19-year-old college student, she was kidnapped from her Berkeley, California, apartment by armed gunmen. The kidnappers, members of a political terrorist group called the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), beat Hearst’s fiancé and drove off with the heiress in the trunk of their car to a hideout near San Francisco.
The kidnappers demanded the release of two SLA members in prison for murder, a request that was denied, and called for Hearst’s family to donate millions of dollars to feed the poor. The Hearsts eventually established a program called People in Need (PIN) to distribute $2 million worth of food, but negotiations with the SLA deteriorated after the group demanded additional millions for PIN.
After being abducted, Patricia Hearst was locked in a closet by her captors for two months and subjected to mental and physical abuse. As a result, she later claimed, she was brainwashed into becoming an SLA member, adopting the name Tania and renouncing her family.
In April 1974, the SLA robbed the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco and surveillance videotape captured Hearst holding a gun. In May of that same year, six SLA members, including the group’s leader Donald DeFreeze (who called himself Field Marshall Cinque Mtume), were killed when their house went up in flames during a shootout with police in Los Angeles that was broadcast on live television. Hearst, along with several other SLA members not in the house at the time, remained on the lam for another year.
Law enforcement finally caught up with Hearst in September 1975 in San Francisco, where she was arrested and charged with armed robbery and use of a firearm during a felony, in connection with the Hibernia Bank heist. When authorities asked her occupation, Hearst famously replied "urban guerilla." During her widely publicized trial, Hearst’s famous defense attorney, F. Lee Bailey, claimed she’d been brainwashed and made to believe she’d be killed if she didn’t comply with her captors and go along with their criminal activities. However, in March 1976, a jury found her guilty of armed robbery and she was sentenced to seven years in prison. In November of that year she was released on bail while lawyers tried to appeal her conviction, but the appeal was later denied and Hearst went back to prison.
Hearst spent almost two years behind bars before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Shortly thereafter, she married Bernard Shaw, her former bodyguard, and went on to raise a family in Connecticut. She later became a writer and actress. In 2001, President Bill Clinton granted Hearst a presidential pardon.
Interesting story. Do you believe that she was brainwashed or willingly took part in the robbery?
All information provided by "This Day in History."