Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Silence is Golden

My friend Terri over 
at Vintage Photo Image
is hosting this wonderful swap.
It's called "Silence Is Golden",
and it centers around the silent film era.
These are the cards I 
made for the swap.

 Phyllis Haver.
She was born  in Douglass Kansas. 
After graduating high school,
 she played piano to accompany 
the new silent films in local theaters.
After a successful film career she
 married New York millionaire
 William Seeman in 1929.
 She was under contract to Cecil B. DeMille
and she told DeMille she was
 ending her contract 
with him under the "Act of God" clause.
 Stunned, DeMille asked, 
 "What Act of God?" 
Haver replied,
 "If marrying a millionaire isn't an Act of God, I don't know what is."

This is Baby Peggy!
She was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery in 1918.
The success of Baby Peggy's films catapulted 
her to super-stardom. 
When she was not filming, 
she embarked on extensive "In-Person"
 personal appearance tours across 
the country to promote her movies.
Like most child actors of this era, 
Peggy's parents spent and 
controlled all of her fortune.
By 1923 she was signed 
to a $1,500,000 a year contract
 at Universal;
 on her vaudeville 
tours she made $300 per day. 
Peggy herself was paid 
one nickel for every
 vaudeville performance.
 As a toddler she worked
 eight hours a day, six days a week.
 She was generally required to perform her own stunts, 
which included being held underwater 
in the ocean until she fainted (Sea Shore Shapes), 
escaping alone from a burning room (The Darling of New York), 
and riding underneath a train car (Miles of Smiles).
Her entire fortune was gone before she hit puberty.

Bebe Daniels
She began her career in Hollywood during the silent movie era
 as a child actress, became a star in musicals 
such as 42nd Street, and later gained further fame on radio 
and television in Britain.
 In a long career, Bebe Daniels made over 230 films.
At the age of nine she starred as Dorothy Gale
 in the 1910 short film The Wizard of Oz.
At the age of fourteen she starred opposite
 film comedian Harold Lloyd
 in a series of Lonesome Luke two-reel comedies.

 Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and 
Buster Keaton as one of the most
 popular and influential 
film comedians of the silent film era.
Although Lloyd's individual films were not 
as commercially successful as 
Charlie Chaplin's on average, he was far more prolific
releasing far more movies per year and earning more money.

Dorothy and Lillian Gish
The sisters debuted in D. W. Griffith's short film 
"An Unseen Enemy" (1912).
 Lillian went on to star in many of Griffith's
 most acclaimed films, including The Birth of a Nation (1915)
One of the enduring images of Lillian's
 silent film years is the climax of the melodramatic 
"Way Down East", in which Gish's character 
floats unconscious on an ice floe
 towards a raging waterfall,
 her long hair trailing in the water.
Dorothy specialised in  pantomime  and light comedy,
 while her sister appeared in tragic roles.

Doris Kenyon

She made her stage and screen debuts in 1915. 
She was often cast as a pleasant heroine in many silent films. 
One of the most remembered films of her early career 
is Monsieur Beaucaire (1924). 
In this production she starred opposite Rudolph Valentino.
Actress Doris Day was named after Doris Kenyon. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Goodbye Winter

It seems that 
spring's struggle to 
take on the season has finally 
While the warmth is
 slow to arrive
we can clearly see 
the change has arrived.

So long winter.
I will toast your season 
with a lovely cup of tea
served in one of 
my favorite antique 
tea cups. 
Enjoy the week!