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December 11, 2019

Portrait Photos of Jane Fonda for the Warner Brothers' Film “The Chapman Report” in 1962

The Chapman Report is a 1962 American Technicolor drama film made by DFZ Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Richard D. Zanuck, from a screenplay by Wyatt Cooper and Don Mankiewicz, adapted by Gene Allen and Grant Stuart from Irving Wallace's 1960 novel The Chapman Report.

Based on Irving Wallace's best-selling novel that was inspired by the Kinsey Report on the sexual mores of suburban women, the film follows the personal (read sexual) lives of four women (Claire Bloom, Jane Fonda, Shelley Winters and Glynis Johns) with four separate sexual hangups, ranging from frigidity to nymphomania.

These vintage pics captured portrait of Jane Fonda while filming The Chapman Report in 1962.

20 Photographs of Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow When They Were Falling in Love in the Mid-1990s

Before Brangelina and “unconscious uncoupling,” Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt were one of the most beautiful couples of the 1990s. They were both blond, blue-eyed, strong-jawed, and at one point, even had the same haircut. From 1994 to 1997, they were stunning and inseparable, and we all waited for their wedding with bated breath ... but it never happened.

Pitt’s the one who lost his head for Paltrow on the set of 1995’s Se7en. They were the mid-90s couple, from the top of her slip dress to the ends of his frosted tips. Accepting the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for 12 Monkeys in 1996, Brad thanked Gwyneth, his “angel, the love of my life,” and he proposed that December. They even had matching haircuts at one point.

“I take the institution extremely seriously. There are no divorces in my family either—and in his either, so this is not something—we've been together for quite some time, so this is not a rash decision,” Gwyneth convincingly told Entertainment Tonight about their engagement. But in June 1997, they broke up.

“When two people aren’t supposed to be together, they’re not supposed to be together,” a defiant Paltrow said in 1998. Fast-forward to 2015, when she told Howard Stern, “I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met. It’s taken me until 40 to get my head out of my ass. You can’t make that decision when you’re 22 years old... I wasn’t ready, and he was too good for me.”

Moreover, her dad, Bruce Paltrow, was “devastated” when they broke up. “My father loved him like a son.” Ultimately, Paltrow said, “I definitely fell in love with him. He was so gorgeous and sweet. I mean, he was Brad Pitt!”

She’s Got the Look: 20 Fascinating Photos of a Young Marie Fredriksson in the Late 1980s

Marie Fredriksson, who as the singer of Roxette was one of the most recognizable voices in 1980s and ’90s pop, had died on Monday, 9 December “following a 17-year long battle with cancer,” her manager has confirmed.

The 61-year-old was a successful solo artist in her native Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form Roxette, the act that went on to achieve global fame. The duo’s breakout single was “The Look,” reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989. Another single, “It Must Have Been Love,” became a smash hit after featuring in the soundtrack of the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

Roxette toured extensively, with Fredriksson gaining recognition as a talented live performer.

In 2002 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which she recovered following aggressive treatment. By 2009, Roxette were performing again, and even made several more albums. But by 2016 doctors had advised Fredriksson to stop touring in order to prioritize her health.

“Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them,” Dimberg Jernberg Management said in a statement. “But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.”

Former bandmate Gessle released a statement remembering Fredriksson as an “outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer.” The pair were friends for more than 40 years, Gessle said.

“I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour,” he wrote. “All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.”

Rest in peace, Marie Fredriksson!

December 10, 2019

Amazing Vintage Photos of Houses Carved Inside Massive Tree Stumps in America From the Early 20th Century

The giant size of the stump gives a good idea of the size of the old growth trees.

As the first waves of loggers swept over great portions of the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forests in the second half of the nineteenth century, those men opened up the dark dense woodlands to settlement. And they surely left their mark on the land. Extracting massive logs that were skidded away by oxen or floated down rivers to sawmills, the best wood was highly prized. Left behind was a scarred landscape, scrap wood, and stumps. Many stumps. Huge stumps. Stumps that still stood a full 10 feet high but were undesirable as lumber because they tended to swell down toward their base, making the wood-grain uneven.

When subsequent waves of pioneer settlers came on through, they found those old logging sites to be welcome clearings that hinted at possible futures as rich farmland. But, being littered with debris, and those towering stumps, these homesteads presented the challenge of years’ worth of hard labor just to clear – by burning and digging-out stumps – enough proper space to plant orchards or raise crops or livestock.

For select stumps would-be farmers found other uses: A few of the largest were leveled off and fashioned into platforms where “stump dances” were held to the driving tones of fiddles and mandolins. But another use for stumps, perhaps a less frivolous one, would be discovered. By constructing roofs on them, and attaching a door or gate, the stump-based shelters worked fine as storage sheds or chicken houses, or pens to keep pigs and calves safe from prowling predators including raccoons, bobcats, or bears. And sometimes it was people who were the denizens of these stump houses…

Intimate Photos Capture the Love of Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren

One could say the classic romance of Ponti and Loren was like a true fairy tale. From the rag Sofia Sciocolone born in poverty to the renowned and dazzling actress, the audience perhaps have known her by many other names throughout her remarkable career, such as Lucia Curcio in It Started in Naples, Cesira in Two Women, Filumena Martuarno in Marriage Italian Style, and Antonietta Taberi in A Special Day, but to Carlo Ponti, the man who took her under his wing and created the name Sophia Loren as we largely know, she was his “wife,” his “soulmate” and his “great love.” Despite their 22-year gap, the denigrations from many naysayers and the struggles they had to overcome for their marriage to be legally recognized, Loren and Ponti would remain together for a lifetime with their 50-year relationship, until Ponti passed away in January 2007 after 10 days fighting for his life in hospital, and Loren, ever the loyal, had never left his side for the entire time.

Let’s take a look back at their great love through these 27 intimate photographs:

Sophia Loren kissing husband Carlo Ponti, 1950s. Photo by Pierluigi Praturlon.

Sophia Loren in a car with husband Carlo Ponti, 1950s. Photo by Pierluigi Praturlon.

Sophia Loren smoking and chatting with her manager Carlo Ponti, 1957. Photo by Loomis Dean for LIFE.

Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti sitting in their living room during the filming of 'The Key,' London, December 1957. Photo by Philippe Le Tellier.

Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti reading 'The Lovers' Pocketbook' in their living room during the filming of 'The Key,' London, December 1957. Photo by Philippe Le Tellier.

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