Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Name Game: Who's That Lady?



Mystery Woman #2, the clues: She was beautiful and talented, didn't make that many films but starred in two great, very different classics.

Dawn recognized two-time Academy Award winner Vivien Leigh who starred as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Impressive work for any actress, but particularly one who made less than 20 films in her entire career. Congratulations, Dawn!

Mystery Woman #1, the clues: She nearly had Hollywood at her feet, but bad choices and a cavalier attitude helped derail her promising career...

Avalon76 recognized Louise Brooks... Brooksie's Hollywood career flamed out while she was still in her twenties; among many things, she refused to dub in her voice on The Canary Murder Case (1929) as talkies were coming in. Her performance as "Lulu" in G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box (1929) is classic. Her last films were a couple of Westerns in the late 30s. Her final performance was in Overland Stage Riders (1938) with John Wayne (shown dancing with her above). Louise Brooks faded into obscurity but resurfaced decades later as a writer on film...great work, Avalon76!

11 comments:

  1. Brooksie! Brooksie! That's Louise Brooks!

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  2. Avalon, you are correct! It's Louise Brooks, whose greatest claim to film fame is her starring role as "Lulu" in G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box." And Gilby, excellent guess - she does look a lot like Luise Rainer in the photo. Another mystery will be posted later. Brooks had a roller-coaster of a life. After her flaming youth she faded into obscurity but surfaced 30+ years later as a writer on film. Keep an eye out for another mystery woman...to be posted soon...

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  3. Hooray! She's one of my all-time favorites; what a brilliant and acerbic wit. In that photo, she was dancing with John Wayne, and I love the look of vulnerability and adoration she's giving him...

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  4. Congrats Avalon -- ironis isn't it that two women with the same first name both faded into obscurity due to bad choices and a believe that the work was not up to their standard.

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  5. For the second woman, I'll guess Jane Bryan

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  6. Eve, Looks like Sherly Temple to me. But what do I know?

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  7. It's not Jane Bryan or Shirley Temple...a bigger star than Jane Bryan, she wasn't quite so chubby-cheeked as a grown woman. She won an Oscar for a role she didn't originate on stage...

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  8. Wow.. what a little face.. the older picture looks like a blond Vivien Leigh.

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  9. Great work, Dawn, the lovely lady is Vivien Leigh! Thanks to Gilby and Paul for a couple of great guesses and to everyone who played today...more next week...

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  10. Thank you theladyeve. It was a wild guess. :)

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