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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

 

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3/28/20

 

PHOTOS:

1928:  A film still from Our Dancing Daughters with Johnny Mack Brown.

1930:  A film still from Our Blushing Brides with Dorothy Sebastian.

 

ADS:  1931 newspaper ad for Seventeen cosmetics.

 

MAGAZINES:  1928 Easter-bunny cover of NYC's Evening Graphic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/26/20

 

LETTERS:  A set of letters from Joan to former kids' TV host and later dress designer/collector Gene London:

 

1972:  February ("Mary Tyler Moore must be an angel to know") and Christmas.

1973:  December (ode to a green bowl).

1974:  May ("Princess and I send so much love"), June (Joan reveals that Betty Barker has left her employ), and December (ode to a jade-colored bowl).

Bonus:  Two chatty 1972 letters (July and October) from Joan's faithful secretary Betty Barker to Gene London (with Joan mentions).

 

BOOKS/JOAN MOVIES:  What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? --- New covers and new links.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/24/20

 

LETTERS:

 

1937:  Two-page handwritten, to a friend (on rare "Joan" stationery).

1959:  To a friend, with thanks for condolences, and film/Pepsi news.

1960:  To a fan re Jamaica vacation; and Christmas greetings to businesswoman Mary Roebling.

1970 and 1975:  To a fan with thanks for Nabisco fruitcakes received (1970) and not received (1975).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

March 23

Happy Birthday, Joan!

 

 

 

 


 

3/22/20

 

PHOTOS:

1962:  Candid snapshots at the Beverly Hilton Golden Globes banquet, one and two (two on each page).

1965:  Color candid snapshot.

1966:  Color candid at the Savoy in London.

1967:  With businesswoman Mary Roebling and Pepsi exec Herb Barnet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/20/20

 

RECORDINGS:  Updated the entry for the Torch Song soundtrack, with new photos and info.

 

PHOTOS:

1954:

A small candid (as Anna May Wong) at the Press Photographers' Ball.

Five small candids with Helen Hayes.

1955:  Candid publicity with Sonny Shepherd.

1956:  A candid snapshot.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/18/20

 

RECORDINGS:  Updated the entry for Johnny Guitar, both single and soundtrack: Seven new covers, new Peggy Lee and back-cover info, et al.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/15/20

 

PHOTOS:

1945:  Publicity for Mildred Pierce shot by Bert Six.

1949:  Flamingo Road -- Film stills one (with Zachary Scott), two, three, and four.

1953:  Torch Song -- Bigger, better replacement and new press caption for a candid with Gig Young and Pier Angeli.

 

FILMS:  

They All Kissed the Bride -- A Belgian window card.

Female on the Beach -- Thanks to Michael Lia for another great Reader Review! (If you have your own review of any Joan film, please send it in!)

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/10/20

 

BOOKS/JOAN MOVIES:  Mildred Pierce -- Eleven new and bigger covers, new info, and new links.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA:  Updated the entry for James M. Cain (new photos and links).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



3/09/20

 

BOOKS/JOAN MOVIES:  Johnny Guitar -- New and bigger covers, front-flap text from the UK hardcover, a now-legible foreword by Joan for the '54 US Pocket Books edition, and new links.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA:  Updated the entry for Roy Chanslor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/08/20

 

PHOTOS:

1944:  Two color candid snapshots.

1945:  Publicity shot at home.

1947:

Possessed -- New candid on the set with Van Heflin (and graphic artist Jimmy Courtney); and bigger, better replacement film still.

Daisy Kenyon -- Unretouched publicity shot by Gene Kornman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/05/20

 

ADS:  A 1930 full-page ad for Max Factor from French Vogue (thanks to Domen).

 

BOOKS/JOAN MOVIES:  Flamingo Road -- New covers (both HC and PB), front-flap text from the 1946 Grosset & Dunlap reprint, and links.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/04/20

 

PHOTOS:

1933:  A color linen MGM theater-display poster (20 by 28 inches) based on a Hurrell publicity shot.

1937:  The Bride Wore Red -- Added a studio-colorized film still to an already existing page with same b/w photo.

1939:  Ice Follies of 1939 -- Publicity (better replacement and new press caption) with James Stewart.

 

FILMS:  The Women -- A campaign-book cover.

 

TOBACCIANA:  Three new color UK cards from Carreras: Nos. 34 and 88 from "Famous Film Stars" (1935) and No. 49 from "Film Stars" (1936).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/01/20

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: Ben Cooper -- Updated the entry for Cooper (new info and links), who died on February 24 at the age of 86.

 

FILMS: Our Blushing Brides (1930) -- Thanks to Michael Lia for his new Reader Review. If I counted correctly, this is his 54th Joan movie review for this website! Your contributions are much appreciated, Michael! (p.s. If you have your own review of a Joan movie to share on this site, please send it in!)

 

BOOKS/JOAN MOVIES:

The Caretakers -- Two new covers (original 1959 US/UK hardcover and 60s UK paperback).

Daisy Kenyon -- New covers, info, and links.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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