December 15, 2018

20 Extraordinary Portraits of French Actresses Taken by Thérèse Le Prat in the 1950s and 1960s

Though brought up in a family mostly interested in scientific studies, Thérèse Le Prat, born Thérèse Cahen in 1895 in Pantin, was taught literature and music.

When she divorced the publisher Guillaume Le Prat in the early 1930, he offered her a really good camera, and she started photography. Thanks to her dawning talent and to her knowledge of several languages, she was employed by the Compagnie des Messageries maritimes as a reporter, mainly in Asia, Oceania and Africa.

She stopped her career during the war. When it was over, she married Philippe Stern, a well known specialist of the Far East civilizations, and she definitively devoted her time to portrait: artists, writers and scientist and, most of all, famous people of the stage and dancers posed in her studio as models, serving her quest on faces, according to her inner conception of actors, conception tinged with anxiety and solemnity.

Until her death in 1966, Thérèse Le Prat photographed the actors of approximately 250 plays written by the greatest classical as well as modern authors, developing an approach which, in the last years of her life, brought her work closer to an aesthetic creation where faces, thanks to makeup and lightings, constitute a world of mysterious and indefinitely combining signs.

Marguerite Jamois

Françoise Michaud

Nicole Kessel

Christiane Minazzoli

Silvia Monfort

December 14, 2018

These Amazing Pics Show Impressive Beards of the 19th Century Men You Rarely See Today

The early 1800s saw a trend for side-whiskers, which became extremely popular – so popular, in fact, that some canny traders began to peddle false whiskers to men who wanted an instant fix.

In the 1840s, spurred on by the successes of British cavalry soldiers in the field, men began to grow moustaches in imitation of these new, 'ultra-masculine' heroes.

But it was the period from the mid-19th century that proved to be a golden age for facial hair. From the early 1850s, full, thick beards quickly became an essential accoutrement to the visage of the gentleman.

Take a look at these amazing pics to see what beards of men from the 19th century looked like.

30 Vintage Photos of a Young and Beautiful Sondra Locke, Clint Eastwood's Former Girlfriend of 13 Years

There are no boards on her, she is attractive, she can act, but is mostly known for the thirteen year relationship with Clint Eastwood. Sondra Locke went on to co-star with then-boyfriend – and later nemesis – Clint Eastwood in a half-dozen films.

Locke and Eastwood had an often contentious relationship for more than a dozen years, which ended in a bitter palimony suit she filed against him in 1989. They settled after about a year, but she later sued him again in the mid-’90s for what the suit claimed was a sham development and directing deal at Warner Bros that Eastwood had set up. That suit was settled out of court. She then brought a separate lawsuit against Warners, which also was settled out of court.

Her 1997 memoir was titled The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly, riffing on one of Eastwood’s most popular film roles.

Locke died on November 3, but her death has just been reported. Radar Online first reported the news, saying she died of complications from breast and bone cancer.

Sleeping With Bad Boys: Sexy Black and White Photos of Playmate Alice Denham in the 1950s and 1960s

Alice Denham (born January 21, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American model, writer and scholar. She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the July 1956 issue. Denham posed for other men’s magazines during her modeling career, but she was as well known for her academic achievements as for her physical attributes.

Denham earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1949 and a master’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1950, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Her writing talents were obvious to Playboy; several Playmates have written the text that accompanied their pictorials, but Denham is the only Playmate to have written a short story that was published in the same issue as her centerfold.

Alice Denham left a vivid chronicle of her literary and sexual adventures in her 2006 memoir, Sleeping With Bad Boys: A Juicy Tell-All of Literary New York in the Fifties and Sixties.

Ms. Denham came to New York in the early 1950s with two things on her mind: literary fame and romance. The city held forth the promise of both, in abundance. “New York in the fifties was like Paris in the twenties,” she wrote in her memoir.

A stunning beauty with a talent for repartee, she made her way easily into Manhattan’s literary salons, and her presence did not pass unnoticed by a long list of editors, publishers, film producers, actors and writers — most of whom made a play for her, quite a few successfully.

“Manhattan was a river of men flowing past my door, and when I was thirsty, I drank,” she wrote.

Her conquests, she said, included the actor James Dean, a close friend until he fell hard for the Italian actress Pier Angeli; the authors James Jones, William Gaddis, Evan S. Connell and Philip Roth; and Hugh Hefner, whom she had persuaded, in a clever gambit, to feature her as a centerfold and reprint, as part of the package, her first published short story.

“Of course he was no egalitarian,” Ms. Denham wrote. “But he possessed one of the finer male characteristics I was aware of: He liked my writing.”

She counted among her many friends Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller, Gore Vidal and the painter Ad Reinhardt. “As a proper Southern girl, I was bred to be good at men,” she wrote. “I was, too.”

Alice Denham died on January 27, 2016 at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.

20 Wonderful Photos of the Sinister 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Cars

Cadillac tempered its outlandish fins for 1960, the year that marked the division’s last use of triple two-barrel carburetion as standard Eldorado issue. For the remaining six years of its production life the rear-drive Eldo would have the same engine specs as its less exotic linemates.

As mentioned, air suspension was also abandoned after 1960. So was the Eldorado hardtop. With lower sales than the Biarritz for the second year in a row and with two other hardtop coupes in the Cadillac line, the Seville had by now become superfluous. So too had the Brougham, and Cadillac rang down the curtain on its super-luxury flagship after building only 200 of the 1959-60 models.

1960 Cadillac Eldorado More exclusive -- and more expensive -- were the two-door Eldorados: Seville coupe and Biarritz convertible. They came with a 345-horsepower version of the 390-cid V-8 that guzzled gas through three two-barrel carburetors.

The Eldorados lost some of their exclusivity in 1959 because they no longer sported unique rear end designs and they switched from the “Sabre Spoke” wheels of ’58 to stamped steel wheels. Nonetheless, Eldorados sported deep-dish wheel covers (sharing them with the Sixty Special) and fender skirts were standard, as they were for all 1959-60 Cadillacs. Air suspension was another standard item (it disappeared after 1960 because of chronic leakage problems). Also included were cruise control, Autronic Eye headlight dimmer, radio and electric antenna, power door locks, fog lamps, and three rows of jewels in the rear.


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