The Golden Beetle, Segundo de Chomón, 1907.
Stunning Cuban actress Chelo Alonso
I could totally see her playing Chell in the live action version of Road to El Dorado
Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor
(February 27, 1932 - March 23, 2011)
My troubles all started because I have a woman’s body and a child’s emotions.”
Lucille Battle and Millie Monroe as they appeared in “Lady Luck” (1942), the movie may also be found under its’ original title “Lucky Ghost”.
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American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.
Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstine’s band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan’s singing style was influenced by their instruments-“I always wanted to imitate the horns.” Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded “Lover Man” together in 1945.
Dorothy Dandridge, interviewed by Richard Clark on April 12, 1956 in London.
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Hazel Scott performing for Army-Navy Screen Magazine, a film program shown to American soldiers during WWII. (1940s)
Eartha Kitt in 1948 as a Katherine Dunham dancer performing in Street scene, part of Motivos, choreographed by Ms. Dunham. Ms. Kitt began her illustrious career as a dancer with Ms. Dunham’s company after a serendipitous encounter outside of a theater. A pretty young woman walked up to her and asked her directions to Max Factor’s makeup shop. Ms. Kitt said, “But you are so pretty. Why would you want to wear makeup?” When the woman replied that she was sent to buy the makeup for Katherine Dunham, Ms. Kitt made a deal with her: “Tell me how to meet Katherine Dunham and I’ll give you directions to the makeup shop!” And the rest, of course, is history. Photo: Roger Wood, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.