Tuesday, August 28, 2012
(AP Wirephoto) 1938."
The Anschluss became official on March 13th. Anna Freud was arrested by the Gestapo the same day and interrogated, an event that persuaded her father, Sigmund Freud, that it was time to leave Austria. After torturous negotiations over exit visas etc. Freud and his immediate family were allowed to leave for London on June 4th. Four of Freud's elderly sisters perished in concentration camps.
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Posted by Terry Castle at 10:12 AM
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Jeritza was nicknamed the 'Moravian Thunderbolt' on account of the vocal sparks she emitted. Hapsburg Emperor Franz Josef had a major jones for her. But after a long and eventful career she married an American businessman and died in New Jersey, having nearly reached 100 years of age.
Posted by Terry Castle at 2:14 PM
Friday, August 17, 2012
Remarkably, Baby Peggy, whose real name is Diana Serra Cary, is still alive, and undaunted, in her 90s. In 1996 she published a memoir, What Ever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Pioneer Child Star (St. Martins Press). She's since written a number of books about early Hollywood and other child stars, including Jackie Coogan.
Here's a link to a précis of her life, written by herself-- http://www.tcm.com/festival/programs/472063/specialguests.html --and an excerpt. I'm in awe of this lady.
'I made fifty two-reel comedies in the three years I worked for Century and my fame became global. Then in 1923 Universal took me over, changing me from comedy to feature length melodrama. By this time I was four and I ranked among the top twenty major stars of the silent era as a major box office draw. The early 1920's was the age of "personality stars" such as Pola Negri, Clara Bow and the mysterious Greta Garbo. No matter what roles they took their personality shone through, and audiences learned to "trust the brand." As Jackie Coogan's only rival, I was also a popular Personality star, who brought fans into the theatre, which is why Universal paid me ten thousand dollars a week to make three major features back to back that year.'
Posted by Terry Castle at 8:57 AM
Monday, August 13, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Can't get over the sheer expressiveness of the thing--the childrens' faces and bodies, the wife's tenderness, Jack's own stunned and pensive look.
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Posted by Terry Castle at 4:54 PM
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
By contrast: the pool I swam in in the mid- to later sixties--attached to the Buena Vista Apartments, a vast thousand-unit rather down at the heels apartment complex in one of the tackier parts of San Diego.
The pool looks nicer, though, and was. But the apartments themselves became notorious a decade or so after we'd moved away--home to a serial killer who murdered at least five women in the complex.
Posted by Terry Castle at 7:12 PM