Sunday, 3 April 2011

Jane Russell (1921-2011)

Jane was someone who enjoyed life right to the end and didnt take life too seriously, she is most famous for "The Outlaw" (1943) which was censored and not released until three years later. In a TV interview she explained How Howard Hughes had designed this Brassierre for her to wear, that she didnt like so threw it to one-side and made her own arrangements. She is perhaps most famous for "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (1953) in which she implored a Gym full of uninterested muscle men "Aint There Anyone Here for Love?" She and Monroe got on like a House on fire, Russell playing the protective older sister to Marilyn's nervous orphan. Up until just before her death Jane Russell enjoyed a good night out and sang at her local Country Club.

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Elizabeth Taylor

A little tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, in my book a pretty amazing actress. For me she is at her best playing unsympathetic characters. I find her early films like "Ivanhoe", "Beau Brummell" entertaining but there is nothing like the charge of Elizabeth at full throttle in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or "The Taming of the Shrew", "Boom" or "Zee and Co".

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year.

I detest New Year...its bloody awful, I can well understand why January is a highpoint for depression and suicides. The enforced jollity or rather the outrageous drunkenness of which I used to be a part is awful. I am in a terrible mood because my computer will not do what its meant to....I was trying to burn a disc and the more I tried the more discs it spat out in defiant rejection until I was at the point where I wanted to really "Hurt" the disc drive...I wanted to rip it out and yell "Thats the last time you fuck with ME!!!" anyway i didnt but anger makes my skin extremely itchy and so I really need to get in the shower to calm down before I literally hurl the laptop out of the window.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

I am not sure what I really want to do at this point in my life, I am 37 nearly 38 years old and I am not sure if Fashion is what I want anymore, I went after it when I was still an actively drinking alcoholic pre-recovery and it nearly killed me....My heart was never truly in it, even though at the time I thought it was. The death of a loved one really makes you re-evaluate and think about what you really want. I think all Ive really ever wanted was an "easy" life whatever that is. My approach was all wrong. I didnt ever really go out and grab the world by the balls so to speak. I thought I was "brilliant" and that it would all come to me.....Half the time I thought I was brilliant the rest of the time I thought I was Dog-shit. I had a massive ego with a massive inferiority complex.

Its quite a while since I blogged here. This year has probably been the most unpleasant I have encountered in my life so far. At the moment I am immersing myself in books I find interesting...Ive just read "No Bells on Sunday" the journals of Rachel Roberts and I am just making a start on Stella Adler's "The Art of Acting" because I am harbouring a desire to act again, Ive appearred in a couple of....shall we call them "amateur" films with other friends who act. In fact I made a film earlier in the year with Mandy Sellers and Rosanne Robertson from a premise Mandy had conceived. I am also reading Bertolt Brecht and watching films that really appeal to me. Maybe it is all about trying to surround myself with ideas and people I feel an affinity for.