Category Tragic

Cora Phillips: Illicit Carnality

To imagine Los Angeles pre-cinema is almost impossible. What was the City of Angels like before the studios, starlets and the silver screen? ¬†Ironically it was granddaughter of Samuel Goldwyn, Liz who has aroused my interest in this lesser known part of her history. Thanks to her most recent book ‘Sporting Guide’, Goldwyn has turned […]

Barbara Payton: Die in Black and White

Few combinations are as potent and captivating as glamour and tragedy. Sad tales of beautiful people who meet a sad end, always makes an enduring story. Old Hollywood has always been a great source of style, sex appeal and sorrow; so here is the tale of one of her most tragic starlets. Barbara Payton. Born […]

Susan Cabot: Wasp Woman, Stung To Death

Hollywood is littered with wannabes, people who want the dream of stardom and will do anything to acquire said dream. As the odds of making it are astronomically unlikely, many just fade away to be forgotten. One starlet, more specifically her death; has ensured that like Elizabeth Short. Her death has given her the stardom […]

Nina Dyer: Even Black Panthers Fade Away

Since the dawn of human history, there have been beautiful, rich women who seem to ‘have it all’. Some have created enduring ripples (Daisy Fellowes), some have chosen to look beyond their comfortable existence (Millicent Rogers). Even with the current batch of socialites, it can feel like they will linger forever (hardly a thought that […]

Isabella Blow: Fashion Maven

Born Isabella Delves Broughton on 19th November 1958, into a wealthy family. Her father was a military officer, her mother a barrister. Blow’s early life was filled with privilege and pain. Her younger brother drowned aged 2, her mother left aged 14 (with a hand shake) and she never enjoyed a close relationship with her […]

Anita Berber: Etherised

THIS POST CONTAINS NUDITY Within Germany’s Weimar Republic, between 1924-1929, was considered to be the Golden Era of prosperity, intellectualism, artistic freedom. With a healthy dose of decadence thrown in for good measure. All before Nazism came and crushed everything in its way. Anita Berber was the epitome of decadence, she was a Cabaret dancer […]

Olive Thomas: Such a Folly

Sometimes the is a perception that the old Hollywood was clean cut, whiter-than-white, well behaved. This is a falsehood. In the very early days of Hollywood (Pre-Hayes code) was debauched and decadent in a way that would make the current batch of stars blush. These past scandals included murder, rape and several deaths from ‘misadventure’. […]