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Marilyn as reader

What Was In Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library? by Jen Carlson, There are plenty of photos showing Marilyn Monroe in her glamorous Hollywood attire, but there may even be more of the sex symbol… reading. Even a dip in the shallow end … Continue reading

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Marilyn, fifty years later

Inventing Marilyn Anyone who thinks the story of Marilyn Monroe doesn’t warrant such attention doesn’t know much about it. By Caitlin Flanagan,, February 20, 2013 Thump—it landed on the doorstep last summer like an abandoned baby: the newest biography of Marilyn Monroe, a … Continue reading

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Voice of a female journalist from the 1930s

An hour with Lotta Dempsey: a journalist and columnist who practiced her craft at a time when working for a newspaper was not considered a ‘ladylike’ profession. Growing up among the “Famous Five,” she got her start at the Edmonton … Continue reading

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For the love of Marple

WTF Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? By Sadie Stein,, March 29, 2011 ‘Nihilo sanc­tum estne?’ Miss Cross asked, famously and semi-accurately, in Rushmore. And contemplating the conundrum that is this Miss Marple remake, we’re left wondering the same thing. … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor at 17: A Vintage Portrait

Elizabeth Taylor: Star Rising TIME, Monday, Aug. 22, 1949 Hollywood, which has a special logic of its own, has a ready answer for one kind of criticism: If entertaining the public and breaking box-office records isn’t art, what is? Beset … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole in 1903

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the … Continue reading

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Girlhood, 1971.

Here are the first five minutes from the documentary Growing Up Female, widely considered to be the first film of the modern women’s movement.

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America in Color: Depression-Era Photography

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The … Continue reading

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Voices from Old Hollywood

CBC Radio Rewind – “Leading Ladies #1” The first of two programs about some of the leading ladies of Hollywood who took time, during the peak of their careers or in their twilight years, to talk with CBC Radio. Think … Continue reading

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It doesn’t pay to elope

Warning: Eloping Will Leave You A Sheetless Wretch by Margaret Hartmann,, July 23, 2010 If you thought weddings were about making a commitment to the person you love, prepare to be schooled by this vintage ad. Apparently they’re all … Continue reading

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