Four rear-view Oscars and one extraordinary life. For Katharine Hepburn —12 nominations and 4 wins — R-L, Morning Glory (1934), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968), The Lion in Winter (1969), On Golden Pond (1982). Photo by Martha Wade Steketee, snapped at the “One Life: Kate (A Centennial Celebration)” at the National Portrait Gallery in January 2008.
Before there was William Wellman's A Star is Born (1937) and George Cukor's A Star is Born (1954), Cukor took an earlier crack at a Hollywood story of an established older film professional (in this case a director) facilitating the start of the career of a younger actress.
This seldom seen George Cukor classic features Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman in a tinseltown tear-jerker that peels back the glamour to show the sour side of stardom. In What Price Hollywood? (1932), young wisegal waitress Mary Evans (Bennett) is just a wannabe starlet until dipsomaniac director Max Carey (Sherman) plucks her from obscurity and vaults her to the top of the Hollywood heap. But as Mary ascends ever higher into the firmament, Carey descends ever lower into the hell of alcoholism. Often mislabeled as the source for Wellman’s A Star is Born (which Cuckor would later revisit), What Price Hollywood? is very much its own bittersweet brilliant bird anchored by two performances that demands rediscovery and reappraisal. NEWLY REMASTERED
The Judy Garland Show episode 20, recorded January 24, 1964, aired February 9, 1964. Full run down here. Here are a series of screen caps showing Garland in fine form, dancing around the stage mid-tune, and giving her friend and conductor Mort Lindsay a playful tap before dancing on. Great fun.
Judy Garland at the Palace Theater in New York, 1952
Garland’s historic first run at the Palace Theatre in New York City opened October 16, 1951 and closed after several extensions of the engagement on February 24, 1952. She returned for engagements at this venue in 1956 and 1967.
Judy Garland and Richard Avedon. Piano image features Avedon and Garland in a rehearsal space for her 1956 General Electric Theatre television special (Avedon was a producer of the special). The two pages of fashion shoots (four images) were taken by Avedon in New York City in 1963 and printed in the glorious 2008 tome Performance: Richard Avedon featuring the photography of Richard Avedon (with introduction by John Lahr), published by Abrams. Gorgeous gorgeous publication.