The Enchanting Beauty of Linda Evans in “The Big Valley”

11 Mar

After attending on the annual “Reflections of Hope” luncheon conducted by Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. The Emmy Award-winning leading lady Linda Evans speaks up in a “powerful event provides hope and inspiration and opens the door to a world of possibilities.”

Prior to the said event, I am actually deliberating a serious talk with my grandfellas pertaining to significant matters of “old” life, such as; elderly care, Alzheimer’s care facilities, and the total high-priced costs of long term care insurance. So I told my grandparents about the yearly “Reflections of Hope: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness” event. As I’ve discussed them about the forthcoming luncheon talk, they acquainted me with the life of Linda Evans. Grandfather shares that he had a crush on Audra Barkley during The Big Valley years, which run from 1965 until 1969.

So let’s relive once again the snaps of a beautiful ‘Dynasty’ actress Linda Evans throughout the late 60s American western television series, “The Big Valley.”

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Salient Movie Lines from the Golden Age to Impart Surefire Love on V-Day eCards

13 Feb

eCardsAre you tired of searching out of the ordinary goodies for your loved one? Well, instead of the luxury Swiss chocolates and traditional red roses. These are just some infallible feelings mustered from classic films to supplement and transcribe on eCards for the feast of Saint Valentine.

She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Captain Cummings: Haven’t you ever met a man that could make you happy?

Gone with the Wind (1939)
Rhett Butler: I’ve loved you more than I’ve ever loved any woman and I’ve waited for you longer than I’ve ever waited for any woman.

Yet another, Rhett’s line
“Forgive me for startling you with the impetuosity of my sentiments… But it cannot have escaped your notice that for some time past the friendship I have felt for you has ripened into a deeper feeling. A feeling more beautiful, more pure, more sacred. Dare I name it? Can it be love?”

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Tracy Lord: I don’t want to be worshipped. I want to be loved.

And when her father enlightens the wealthy socialite…
Seth Lord: You have everything it takes to make a lovely woman except the one essential: an understanding heart. And without that you might just as well be made of bronze.

Casablanca (1942)
Ilsa: With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.

To Have and Have Not (1944)
[While Marie “Slim” Browning kisses Harry “Steve” Morgan]
Slim: It’s even better when you help.

Notorious (1946)
Alicia: There’s nothing like a love song to give you a good laugh.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Blanche DuBois: Astrological sign. I’ll bet you were born under Aries. Aries people are forceful, dynamic, they dote on noise. They love to bang things around.

Love Story (1970)
Oliver Barrett IV: Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

Novels that Have Been Made into Theater Plays the Most Number of Times

31 Oct

Due to the success of Les Mis film, I gathered Broadway musicals that were adapted in work of fiction. And here, I made a list of the longest running musical theatrical production based in novels that people want to see over and over again.

Mary Poppins
Performances: 2,579
Mary Poppins is based on children’s books by P. L. Travers. The stage musical is a combination of numerous components from the motion and the books.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
― P.L. Travers

Performances: 3,838
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is based upon the popular novel of Gregory Maguire, which counterparts L. Frank Baum’s classic masterpiece”The Wizard of Oz.” It tells the story of the good witch named Glinda and the wicked witch of the West Elphaba.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“You shouldn’t let ignorant statements like that bother you. I mean, I always do, but you shouldn’t.”

Les Miserables
Performances: 6,680
Based on the 1862 classic novel by French playwright Victor Hugo, colloquially known as Les Miz, became a world-wide phenomenon.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”
-Victor Hugo

Performances: 7,485
Not all knows that this is based on poem anthologies of T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The story revolves around on the psychological and sociological behaviours of anthromorphised felines such as Mr. Mistofoffelees, Skimbleshanks, and Grizabella.

The Phantom of the Opera
Performances: 10,399
It is the longest running musical in Broadway history. The Phantom of the Opera is also musically composed by Andre Lloyd Webber that is based upon on Gaston Leroux’s French novel.
Remarkable Quotes / Lines:
“Know that it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you!…Look, I am not laughing now, crying, crying for you, Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!…Oh, mad Christine, who wanted to see me!”
― Gaston Leroux

Monica Vitti in 1966

4 May

Truly Treasured Movie Lines in Five Classic Films that I Fancy Most

31 May

Yet again, it feels like I love watching my five sought after flicks from the Golden Age once more. And I’ve bunched up here the most cherished quotes and dialogues relating to my all time fave classic movies. I hope you’ll also enjoy my favorites!

It Happened One Night (1934)
Starring: Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
Two great paramours of the silver screen in the magnificent of idealistic rom-comedies!

Ellie Andrews: Have you ever been in love, Peter?
Peter Warne: Me?
Ellie Andrews: Yes. Haven’t you ever thought about it at all? It seems to me you, you could make some girl wonderfully happy.
Peter Warne: Sure I’ve thought about it. Who hasn’t? If I could ever meet the right sort of girl. Aw, where you gonna find her? Somebody that’s real. Somebody that’s alive. They don’t come that way anymore. Have I ever thought about it? I’ve even been sucker enough to make plans. You know, I saw an island in the Pacific once. I’ve never been able to forget it. That’s where I’d like to take her. She’d have to be the sort of a girl who’d… well, who’d jump in the surf with me and love it as much as I did. You know, nights when you and the moon and the water all become one. You feel you’re part of something big and marvelous. That’s the only place to live… where the stars are so close over your head you feel you could reach up and stir them around. Certainly, I’ve been thinking about it. Boy, if I could ever find a girl who was hungry for those things…
Ellie Andrews: Take me with you, Peter. Take me to your island. I want to do all those things you talked about.

Philadelphia Story (1940)
Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart
Broadway’s breathtaking year-run comedy blockbuster of the supercilious civilization of splendor who glided and fell – in L.O.V.E!

C. K. Dexter Haven: The moon is also a goddess, chaste and virginal.
Tracy Lord: Stop using those foul words.

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Starring: Ejane Crain, Linda Darell, and Anne Sothern
This is a tale of three people who wonders a lot and a man who wanders around.

Porter Hollingsway: It’s a man’s world. Yeah! See something you want, go after it and get it! That’s nature. It’s why we’re made strong and women weak. Strong conquer and provide for the weak. That’s what a man’s for! Teach our kids that, there’d be more men!

All About Eve (1950)
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders
More or less it’s about women–and their gents!

Addison DeWitt: That I should want you at all suddenly strikes me as the height of improbability. But that in itself is probably the reason: You’re an improbable person, Eve, and so am I. We have that in common. Also our contempt for humanity and inability to love and be loved, insatiable ambition, and talent. We deserve each other.

Some Like it Hot (1959)
There are no precise words to describe her hotness.
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon

Sugar:  I don’t care how rich he is, as long as he has a yacht, his own private railroad car, and his own toothpaste.

Glorious Quotes from Classic Hollywood Actors

27 Apr

Just like the previous post, I’ve compiled my preferred actors from the Hollywood’s Golden Age and their notable unwritten citations regarding their impeccable existence as a public figure.

Henry Fonda
One-Take Fonda

“If there is something in my eyes, a kind of honesty in the face, then I guess you could say that’s the man I’d like to be, the man I want to be.”

James Cagney
The Professional Againster

“There’s not much to say about acting but this. Never settle back on your heels. Never relax. If you relax, the audience relaxes. And always mean everything you say.”

Marlon Brando
The Pioneer of Method Acting

“I don’t think it’s the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed.”

Paul Newman
The Gravelly Voice Classic Actor

“I can say fairly safely that I didn’t really know much about acting until I got to be in my fifties.”

Spencer Tracy
The Man with Lopsided Fedora Hat

“I couldn’t be a director because I couldn’t put up with the actors. I don’t have the patience. Why, I’d probably kill the actors. Not to mention some of the beautiful actresses.” 

Illustrious Quotes from Classic Hollywood Actresses

12 Feb

In point of fact, I am amazed by actresses from the Hollywood’s Golden Age who are entertaining yet really clever to answer and express themselves truthfully in the sphere of film archive and mass media.  So, I rustle up a shortlist of my favorite silver screen Mademoiselles along with their remarkable speech marks about their prestige life and apprehensions in movie industry.

Greta Garbo
The Swedish Sphinx

“Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you’re just fair game.”

Katharine Hepburn
First Lady of Cinema

“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.”

Lucille Ball
The First Lady of Television

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”

Ginger Rogers
The Hollywood’s Highest Paid Star of 1942

“Intelligence, adaptability and talent. And by talent I mean the capacity for hard work. Lots of girls come here with little but good looks. Beauty is a valuable asset, but it is not the whole cheese.”

Myrna Loy
Queen of Hollywood

“Why does every black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a black person walking up the steps of a courthouse carrying a briefcase?”