Remembering Lauren Bacall

Hollywood lost one of the last great 20th-century movie stars this week: Lauren Bacall. The husky-voiced screen legend has a powerful presence on camera and was well-known for her romance with Humphrey Bogart. Bacall’s comedic timing, confidence, and grace are what make her a true icon. In honor of Lauren Bacall, watch To Have And Have Not, The Big Sleep, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, and read her autobiographyBy Myself.

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Happy Birthday, Woody!

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Yesterday, December 1, was Woody Allen’s birthday. He turned 78 years old. I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m a huge Woody Allen fan. It all started halfway through college when I wrote about him for one of my film classes. I quickly became hooked on his writing, films, and humor, and I ended up writing a 50+ page paper about him, his life, and his films and writing. It was one of my favorite papers to write, and it never once felt like ‘work.’ He is a fascinating man and if you haven’t seen one of his movies, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Get started! I’m almost jealous if you haven’t seen any of his work because that just means you get to discover and watch his talent for the first time. With over 50 films, there are so many to enjoy. Having thoroughly enjoyed his recent films (Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, in particular), I can’t wait to see his next film, Magic in the MoonlightHappy birthday, Woody!

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In the Spotlight: Drew Barrymore

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When I think of romantic comedies, I think of Drew Barrymore. She is the Queen of RomComs! Therefore, she is perfect to spotlight in February, where every night is romcom night. Or maybe that’s just me. Also, her birthday is this Friday (February 22). The February spotlight suits her.

I’ve always been a Drew Barrymore fan because she is not afraid to be herself and she is hilarious. She can really deliver the emotion in each and every film she stars in. My absolute favorites include Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2003), Fever Pitch (2005), and Going the Distance (2010). If Drew is in a film, you can bet I’ll see it with enthusiasm.

Recently, she came out with her own affordable makeup line at Walmart called Flower. An inspiring entrepreneur, actress, and woman, Drew Barrymore will always be a favorite. What are your favorite Drew Barrymore films?

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In the Spotlight: Grace Kelly

Happy birthday, Grace Kelly! Born November 12, 1929, Grace Kelly epitomized the very essence of elegance. Starting out as an American actress, she married the Prince of Monaco in 1956 and became Princess Grace. Grace Kelly performed in many theatrical productions, but ultimately became a movie star after winning the Academy Award for The Country Girl. After 6 years of acting, Princess Grace decided to take care of her three children. In 1982, Princess Grace died in a car accident after supposedly suffering from a stroke. Her daughter, Stephanie, was in the car with her but survived the accident. With a successful acting career, Grace Kelly will not soon be forgotten, and she continues to grace the screen and captivate viewers after all these years.

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In the Spotlight: Frankenstein’s Monster

The phenomenon that revolves around Frankenstein stems from Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, which was published in 1818. Frankenstein tells the story of a creature born from a scientific experiment gone wrong. Frankenstein is often viewed as one of the first examples of science fiction because of the fantastical elements in the story. Oftentimes, the name Frankenstein is viewed as being the monster’s name, when it is actually Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s. Frankenstein’s monster has greatly influenced pop culture, and he remains an icon after all this time.

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In the Spotlight: Olivia Newton-John

I first fell in love with Olivia Newton-John when I watched her playing Sandy in the classic and beloved musical Grease. Olivia is a stunning beauty and has a very sweet quality in both her acting and singing. Born on September 26 (today!), 1948, Olivia started singing and acting when she was just a teenager growing up in Australia. After releasing several popular albums and starring in a few movies, Olivia became an international sensation after Grease. Olivia has been married twice, and is currently married to her second husband, John Easterling. Last spring, Olivia released a healthy living cookbook.

I will never, ever get tired of blasting Grease songs in the car, listening to Olivia’s music, or watching her in movies. Check out some fun facts about the star above!

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In the Spotlight: Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball is the perfect woman to honor in this month’s In the Spotlight column since her birthday was just a few weeks ago (August 6, 1911). Above are some random fun facts about Lucy. Lucy made the world fall in love with her when she graced television screens and showed off her acting and comedic skills. Lucille Ball started acting in the 1930s, and she excelled in radio, film, and television. Many of us know Lucille Ball from her hit shows, I Love Lucy and Here’s Lucy. I remember watching these shows on re-run when I was younger, absolutely loving the way Lucy used her facial expressions to express sarcasm or a joke. Lucille Ball led a very interesting life – check out Lucille Ball’s autobiography for more interesting tidbits and for a deeper look at the woman who made America laugh. Happy birthday, Lucy!

For more In the Spotlight fun facts, check this out!

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