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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

All original Encyclopedia text, from A to Z, is copyright 2004 - 2015 by Stephanie Jones

 

Celebrating 11 Years of BOE: 2004  2015

 

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4/24/15

 

FILMS:  A 1950s Yugoslavian re-issue poster for Grand Hotel; and a US half-sheet poster for Gorgeous Hussy.

 

MAGAZINES:  A 1936 cover of UK's Fan Fare, featuring Love on the Run.

 

PHOTOS:

1933:  A film still from Dancing Lady.

1934:  

Chained -- A film still with Gable and Otto Kruger, and a publicity shot by Hurrell.

Forsaking All Others -- Publicity shot by Hurrell.

1935:  Publicity for I Live My Life shot by Hurrell.

1937:  The Bride Wore Red -- A film still with maid, and a publicity shot.

 

 


 

4/22/15

 

ADS:  1930 for Max Factor.

 

PHOTOS:

1929:

Our Modern Maidens -- A film still with Doug Fairbanks, Jr.

Untamed -- A film still with Ernest Torrence and Robert Montgomery.

1930:  

Paid -- A film still with Robert Armstrong.

A bigger, better replacement for a publicity shot by Hurrell.

1931:

Dance, Fools, Dance -- A film still.

Publicity shot by Hurrell.

1932:  Publicity shot by Edward Steichen.

 

 

 

 


 

4/21/15

 

ART:  Added 3 more photos of Joan at the 1948 Urban League event (see 4/18 entry below), this time posing with her completed painting. (Oh, and guess who shot these photos?! Future director Stanley Kubrick, then a 20-year-old on assignment for Look magazine.)

 

PHOTOS:

1925:  MGM publicity with Dorothy Sebastian at Club Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.

1926:  Publicity shot by Ruth Harriet Louise; and photo and article re the '26 crop of WAMPAS Baby Stars from Paris and Hollywood magazine.

1928:  Publicity for Our Dancing Daughters with Dorothy Sebastian and Anita Page.

 

 

 


 

4/18/15

 

ART:  See the painting that Joan created to benefit the Urban League in 1948 (from the private collection of Jennifer Sturcke), plus 3 photos of Joan in action as she worked on the piece.

 

CELEBRITY LETTERS TO JOAN:  A 1972 letter from David Niven, a 1975 card from old friend Jack Oakie, and a 1976 letter from George Cukor (he liked the napkins!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4/16/15

 

ART:  Charcoal by Penny Alexander, 1982; and pastel by Paul Belsito, 2012.

 

LETTERS:  Added 9 new letters.

1932:  Handwritten page-long Christmas note to friends with thanks for helping her. (Anything from the '30s is rare, and I hadn't seen this stationery before.)

1958:  To the same fan, one and two, with thanks for his good wishes and enthusiasm, plus travel plans.

1963:  

Two to a mother and daughter in Indiana, glad to have met them and with thanks for Muncie paper clippings.

To a fan, with news of the upcoming Strait-Jacket ("a real shocker") and autographed photo enclosed.

1968:  To the same fan, one and two; the first very brief, the second with news of hat fashion shows and a polite decline of his dinner/cocktail invite.

1970:  To a fan, with thanks for the "fine color picture of Christina." (Unfortunately, no copy of this delight is included here.)

 

 

 


 

4/14/15

 

PHOTOS:

1964:

A film still from Strait-Jacket with Diane Baker and John Anthony Hayes.

Color candid in limo at the premiere of My Fair Lady in NYC.

1968:  Color still from The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance.

1969:  Mobbed at the Governors Ball.

1971:  Candids -- With Tina Sinatra at the Golden Globes; and one and two at a Los Angeles press conference promoting My Way of Life and Pepsi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4/11/15

 

PHOTOS:

1961:  Color candid.

1962:  At the Academy Awards with Burt Lancaster, one and two.

1963:  Color candid at the Academy Awards; and a candid in front of the Pan Am clipper Friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4/10/15

 

PHOTOS:

1950:  A film still from The Damned Don't Cry!

1952:  A bigger, better replacement film still from Sudden Fear with Jack Palance.

1955:  A bigger, better replacement with director Pevney and Jeff Chandler on the set of Female on the Beach.

1956:

Autumn Leaves -- Screen shots one (with Cliff Robertson) and two (with Vera Miles); and on the set with Glenn Ford.

Candids: In color, and with Big Al.

 

     

 

 


 

4/08/15

 

PHOTOS:

1941:  

A film still from A Woman's Face.

Publicity for When Ladies Meet with Robert Taylor and Greer Garson.

General publicity shot by Hurrell.

1942:  Publicity for Reunion in France with Philip Dorn.

1943:  On the set of Above Suspicion with Fred MacMurray.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4/06/15

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: C --  Added an entry for Christie's auction house, with a link to the complete list of Joan items sold there in 1993.

 

COLLECTIBLES:  Cover and first page of Joan's personal copy of the final Daisy Kenyon script.

 

1947 PHOTOS: Added 9 photos for Daisy Kenyon:

New ones:  Film stills with Henry Fonda, one and two; with Dana Andrews; and at the trial.

Much bigger, better replacements:  On the phone, one and two; at a bar, one and two; and serious Greenwich Village artist with smock!

 

 

 


 

4/04/15

 

ABOUT:  Back in the '70s I was a precocious kid who read the daily papers, news and columns. I was later shocked to discover that the photos of the columnists (both local and national, like "Dear Abby") were left over from 1959 or something: What? Not ageless? In brief, because of MY own past trauma, I've updated my "About" photo to a shot I took today, as opposed to the old one from 2007, when I was younger and cuter. I took about 50 selfies, and this was the only one with an "orb" appearing on it (right at my jugular)-- so let's just say it might be Joan approved.

 

 


 

4/03/15

 

PHOTOS:

1933:  Dancing Lady -- With Clark Gable: new publicity and bigger, better replacement for a gym film still.

1934:  Chained -- Publicity with Otto Kruger.

1937:  A screen shot from The Bride Wore Red.

1938:

The Shining Hour -- Film still with Robert Young.

Publicity by Laszlo Willinger, one and two. Plus other publicity.

1939:  Publicity by Willinger one, two, three, and four.

 

     

 

 


 

3/30/15

 

PHOTOS:

1932:  Rain -- Publicity shots by John Miehle, one and two; and screen shots, one and two.

1933:  Dancing Lady -- New: with Fred Astaire, and arty publicity featuring deco dancing girls; plus bigger, better replacements with Clark Gable, one and two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/28/15

 

LETTERS:  1930 to a fan re her hobbies (collecting dolls--all sorts) and the upcoming Great Day. (Joan's letters from the '30s are rare, and this is a good example of both her stationery and still-not-perfected signature at the time, as well as of the general type of responses she then gave to fans.)

 

PHOTOS:

1928:  Our Dancing Daughters -- Pages one and two with a total of 7 new screen shots. And film stills one (with Anita Page) and two.

1929:  Publicity with... the first piece of transatlantic air freight in history! Woooo! (Read the accompanying snipe for all the details.)

1930:  A screen shot from Montana Moon with Ricardo Cortez.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/27/15

 

MAGAZINES:  An August 1927 cover of Japan's "The Play and Movie."

 

PHOTOS:

1926:

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp -- Screen shots: solo, and with Harry Langdon.

Paris --  A new film still with Charles Ray; and a bigger, better replacement still with Douglas Gilmore.

1927:  A screen shot from The Unknown.

1928:  

Rose-Marie -- A bigger, better replacement film still with House Peters and James Murray.

Dream of Love -- Publicity shot.

 

        

 

 


 

3/25/15

 

PHOTOS:

1960:  Color candid on 46th St. in NYC.

1963:  Color in the Oval Office with President Kennedy to promote "Mental Health Week."

1964:  A film still from Strait-Jacket.

1967:  With Tim Conway on The Hollywood Palace.

1970:  Candid with director Herman Cohen.  And color at the Golden Globes.

 

       

 

 

 


March 23

 

 

 

Celebrate with TCM on Monday:

Seven Joan films starting at 6:30am Eastern:

Caretakers, Baby Jane, Torch Song, Goodbye My Fancy,
Flamingo Road, Humoresque, and Mildred Pierce.

 

 

 

 

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LATEST AND UPCOMING RELEASES

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March 4, 2014. Montana Moon, Our Blushing Brides, I Live My Life, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, and The Bride Wore Red on DVD from Warner Archives.

May 6, 2014. The Women on Blu-ray. Order from Warner Bros. or Amazon.

 

 

SPECIAL PHOTOS

 

March 2006: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

July 2006: Ann Blyth at the Castro

May 2007: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

March 2008: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

March / May 2009: Ferncliff Flower Photos

 

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