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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 8, 2010 / 22 Teves 5770

Brassy blondes

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In every era the movies have had their glamour girls. The 40's had the bouncy, gutsy types like Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Crawford; the 50's had the voluptuous types, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and Kim Novak; and today we have the "new woman," the super woman who is capable of anything whether it be fighting corruption, running a business, or saving the world. But there's another kind of movie girl that predates them all. She's the wisecracking, floozy, flirty movie girl that was popular about 75 years ago. Of course I'm referring to the brassy blondes of the 30's!


The most famous four (in my opinion) were Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Ginger Rogers, and Joan Blondell. There were others of course like Glenda Farrell, Ann Sothern, and Una Merkel. As a matter of fact, the brassy blonde type was so popular that the studios put many of their contract actresses under the peroxide bottle before they went on to make their names with their own personas. Bette Davis, Alice Faye, Jane Wyman, Barbara Stanwyck, and Ida Lupino are a few that come to mind.


But Jean Harlow was filmdom's first blonde bombshell (although a case could be made for Mae West, but she was more of a lampoon of a sex symbol than the real deal). Born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911, Jean was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. At the age of 16, she ran away from home and never looked back. She came to Hollywood and began as an extra in films around 1927; her big break came in 1930, when she landed a role in Howard Hughes' "Hell's Angels." Hughes then sold her contract to MGM and it was then that her career really took off.


After "Platinum Blonde" (1931) she was famous. Jean was America's hot sex symbol throughout the early and mid 1930's, working with all the top MGM players, but most notably with Clark Gable in six films. Her pictures included "Red Dust," "Dinner at Eight," "China Seas," "Wife vs. Secretary," and "Saratoga." Sexy yes, but Jean had a great comedy sense too. Check out her role as the battling wife of Wallace Berry in "Dinner at Eight." She's hysterical. It was probably that picture which first established the typical dumb blonde persona that is still used so much even today. Sadly, she died at the young age of 26 of uremic poisoning in 1937, but her films live on and continue to entertain audiences worldwide.

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Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Although she began in silent movies, including a stint with slapstick comedy director Mack Sennett, Carole really came into her own with the "talkies." Her snappy, sexy voice proved an asset in making her transition into the sound era. A natural comedienne, she hit it off with William Powell in their first film together, "Man of the World," and the two were soon married.


Carole soon became a major Paramount Studios star but one of her biggest hits was for Colombia starring opposite John Barrymore in "Twentieth Century" where her comedic talent was really showcased. Carole Lombard was equally talented in drama as she was in comedy, and she had naturalness in her acting style that really set her apart. Powell and Lombard were teamed up again in "My Man Godfrey," and Carole was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her work in that picture. She was in one of the first Technicolor comedies, the classic "Nothing Sacred," opposite Fredric March.


Paramount kept her busy playing opposite some of Hollywood's brightest stars such as Bing Crosby and Fred MacMurry for most of the decade. Some of her other films included "No Man of Her Own" opposite Clark Gable (whom she would marry in 1939), "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-starring Robert Montgomery for director Alfred Hitchcock, and what was to be her last picture, "To Be or Not To Be," an anti-Nazi Ernst Lubitsch farce starring opposite Jack Benny.


The film was completed in 1941 just at the time the US entered World War II, and was slated for release in1942. Carole went home to Indiana for a war bond rally. On January 16, 1942, Carole, her mother, and 20 other people were flying back to California when the plane went down outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. All were killed. The highly acclaimed actress was dead at the age of 33. It was reported that Gable was inconsolable.


It's interesting and sad that two of the movies' brightest young brassy blondes died at such early stages of their promising careers. We'll never know what their ultimate potential might have been but thankfully their work speaks volumes for their talent and us younger folk, who never saw their pictures on first run in theaters can discover them and enjoy them today on DVD.


Our next two blondes fortunately had longer careers and healthier life spans. Stay tuned. Next time, Ginger Rogers and Joan Blondell.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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