Showing posts with label entertainment history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertainment history. Show all posts

25 July 2016

Iconic Female Celebrities (My Top 10 List)

In America, we love to apply the word “icon” to people who sort of serve as symbols or are symbolic of something much larger than themselves, and are representative of an ideal that we, as individuals, hope to achieve in life. It's almost as if these people are idols. Almost.




A better way to explain our usage of this term would be by sharing my first time hearing it applied to a well-known figure. My first time hearing the word used was a report where people were speaking of Lee Iacocca. What did this man do to have people call him an “icon”? He's an American businessman, in the automobile industry, who (based on my recollection of events) brought the Chrysler Corporation back to life. Evidently, because of his prowess as a business warrior, he stepped up, took the helm as CEO of ailing and failing business entity, revived it and steered to success. For accomplishing this impossible feat, people showered praises on him as if he were a god of the American automotive industry.


As time passed, the word “icon” started popping up everywhere and is especially used for entertainers, such as, Madonna. Why is she an icon? “Madonna could be considered one of the most successful women of all time.” (Quote source: Madonna: Icon (and Single Working Mother with Custody Issues) | The Huffington Post)


Another example? Beyoncé was selected as the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon. (CFDA = Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.)


Once read an article published at Listverse.com about Hollywood suicides. The full title of the article is “10 Iconic Actresses Who Tragically Ended Their Lives”. After reviewing the list of female celebrities, the facts presented about their deaths were indeed tragic, but describing the actresses as “iconic” kind of made me bristle. It didn't seem to jive with other people in the entertainment industry who were being described as “iconic”.


So! Decided to compile my own list of actresses who should be considered “iconic”. Nixed the requirement that that they had to have committed suicide.


Hmmm …? Now where would be the best place to start to find those sort of people very quickly? The iconic Life Magazine. Of course!



Here's my list of ten (10) female iconic celebrities (not all are actresses, but they are famous or recognizable). The parenthetical notes are my rationale or reasons why these women measure up to the criteria that sets them apart as icons.


1. Shirley Temple (Child star, Goodwill Ambassador. She's an icon! No debate!)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/143274953589/shirley-temple-was-born-today-april-23-1928


2. Audrey Hepburn (Actress, Humanitarian ~ elegant, classy, possible!)


"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"
- Audrey Hepburn




3. Hillary Clinton (See photo of her years at Wellesley, 1969 ~ on her way)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/73532564855/hillary-clintons-candidacy-without-a-campaign-is


4. Jackie Kennedy (Before she married Onassis; born to serve as FLOTUS.)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/147643830069/jackie-kennedy-on-the-campaign-trail-in-1960


5. Dorothy Dandridge (aka “Carmen”)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/65721407853/on-this-day-in-life-november-1-1954-dorothy


6. Sophia Loren (If only we could all wear spaghetti like her.)


Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”
- Sophia Loren

http://life.tumblr.com/post/147290826509/sophia-loren-picks-roses-at-her-villa-in-marino


7. Katherine Hepburn ("Really darling?" Yes Ms. K. You really are darling!)




8. Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz is to icon as icon is to jazz.)



9. Lucille Ball (Who could not love Lucy?)




10. Ingrid Bergman (Can't think of a word for her, except ... Indescribable!)

http://life.tumblr.com/post/127857687219/august-29th-marks-100-years-since-the-birth-of-the




* Hepburn and Loren Quote Sources found at BrainyQuote.com

16 May 2016

Prince Guitar To Be Auctioned In Beverly Hills - losangeles.cbslocal.com

Ever since it was publicized that Prince died without leaving a will, my curiosity is peaked and want to know how his assets will be divided up. My first post on this topic was:


Celebrity Deaths: Prince’s Purple Rain Coat Going Up for Auction — TIME.com



This is the second news headline:


Prince Guitar To Be Auctioned In Beverly Hills - losangeles.cbslocal.com


A bright yellow, uniquely shaped guitar used by Prince to perform such tunes as 'Cream' and 'Gett Off' is going up for auction.

Bet you're imagining yourself playing that guitar, aren't you?  Or at least holding it.


Image credit: clker.com


02 May 2016

Houdini and Doyle: "The Maggie's Redress" Review - IGN

The first episode of Houdini and Doyle aired May 2, 2016, on Fox at 8pm CST.


Image credit: Wikimedia CommonsHoudini and Doyle

This is perfect timing me to edit and republish content that first appeared on Persona Paper, June 8, 2015.

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Harry #Houdini poster with sweet #typography. #visitfoxwi
Image credit: flickr.com
 
Two real life people that have always intrigued me:
Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to feature in X-Files style program | steampunkjournal.org
Fox ordering TV series about Sherlock Holmes author | ew.com

The two links above are entertainment history markers now.

Had heard that Ian McKellen (played the wizard “Gandalf” in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy) was going to be cast to play an elderly Sherlock Holmes. The latest brew haha is that the Doyle Estate is suing over copyright violations. Found two links of interest pertaining to that entertainment news. 
 
Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit: Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Sues Bill Condon & Distributors | deadline.com

Mr Holmes and the strange case of the alleged copyright infringement | guardian.com

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At any rate, scouring the Internet for feedback and opinions about this new TV series and sharing a link  to one of the reviews that pretty much expresses my 1st impression as well.

Houdini and Doyle: "The Maggie's Redress" Review - IGN


To sum up the IGN review?  Some entertainment value, but shallow characters.

English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sid...


Oh my! Can you spell disappointing?

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Oh well!  Here is a fascinating read that won't disappoint.  It's about how the friendship between Houdini and Doyle dissolved.

Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | skeptoid com

The clash between the champions of scientific skepticism and supernaturalism.


English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sidney Paget.c. 1890 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


19 May 2015

Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra to Play Lead Role in 'Quantico'

"Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is ready to take over America."


Quantico TV series

Welcome Ms. Chopra! What took you so long?? Never mind. You're here now. So!  You're going to play the role of an FBI Agent in the TV series "Quantico"? That was an excellent casting choice considering how well you acted in both of the "Don" Hindi films with Shah Rukh Khan. You will also star with him in "Don 3"?  Can't say you don't stay busy.  :)  Viewed the official trailer for "Quantico".  Looks intense. A frame up? Well that sucks!! Why do the true and loyal patriots always have to be the ones who get set up? Oh well! Let's just hope the plot holds up, and the main storyline doesn't get buried in a horribly written script. Best wishes for your success Ms. Chopra.

Priyanka Chopra Details Her Wild Journey From Bollywood to the U.S. as ABC's 'Quantico' Goes Global





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