Thursday, December 1, 2022

Upon Further Reflection

Ahhhh... Well, this is my first post back after taking a month to recharge and rejuvenate the ol' gray matter between my temples. It's been a wild ride the last few years, working in product distribution, with reduced staff, and contending with all of life's other issues. I really did need to step down from the bucking bronco for a moment! Ha ha! I'm easing back into things with a photo essay featuring performers captured looking into or alongside a mirror. (Get the analogy about reflection? Well... it's not really THAT deep. I just thought it would be an eye-catching little collection to look over.) In this situation, we can sometimes see the person the subjects see when they look at themselves rather than the image of them we see on screen. Though, needless to say, those in movies and on TV certainly glimpsed their un-reflected selves more than most of the rest of us ever did (something that has changed, I suppose, with the advent of endless selfies! Ever notice how some of those folks are strangely reluctant to flip the picture to what actually exists? It's an interesting bit of psychology.) By the way, do you know that I've only seen two movies in my life with our cover boy Macauley Culkin in them?! (Only the Lonely, 1991, and The Good Son, 1993. Yes, I've never been exposed to any Home Alone film...) The remaining participants in this post are mostly folks more up my alley. Now let's turn up the house lights and see who's out there. 

Oh, Mary... Mary Pickford, that is, doing a touch up during 1933's Secrets.

La Liz... Elizabeth Taylor ensures that her coiffure is all set and ready to go.

Miss Jane Russell puts the finishing touches on her look prior to stepping before the camera. Note the "No Smoking" sign in the background. I wonder how many people adhered to that...!

Anne Francis makes certain everything is in ship-shape.

Curvaceous Diana Dors checks out the goods.

Jane Greer models a costume/gown that would not have passed muster on screen at the time this photo was snapped...! Today's "stars" are practically nude on the red carpet, but this look is incredibly racy for its time.

Anne Baxter straightens a cute li'l hat before venturing out.

Meanwhile, the divine Marsha Hunt ensures that her collar is picture-perfect. The remarkable Ms. Hunt passed away in September of 2022 at age 104 (!) and is proof that one can rise above undeserved mistreatment and make life meaningful nonetheless. If you ever get the chance, do watch the 2015 documentary Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity, which relays her captivating life (note the cute hubby in a snapshot on her mirror.)

Heiress-turned-model-turned-actress-turned-designer Gloria Vanderbilt prepares for her venture onto the stage in The Swan at Pocono Playhouse. Later, she'd spend several days on Broadway (with Franchot Tone, John Carradine, Doris Roberts and others) in The Time of Your Life.

"Just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet." Sophia Loren rocks the look regardless (during the dire A Countess from Hong Kong, 1967?)

We're doin' our Jane Fonda, snapped behind the scenes of 1962's The Chapman Report.

Now this is a star! Julie Andrews during the filming of Star! (1968.)

This is a remarkably understated look for Miss Raquel Welch. We're not used to seeing such simple clothing and hair on her during the 1960s.

Likewise, this shot of one Marilyn Monroe is far less polished and glitzy than she would soon become. We're now heading into more deliberately posed/arty shots, versus the more candid ones we've viewed thus far.

There's scarcely a square inch left unexposed in this portrait of luminous Carole Lombard, though she can stand up to any scrutiny. (In truth, she did have a substantial scar from a 1927 car accident, which was partially repaired with surgery and carefully made up and lit thereafter.)

A pensive Ava Garder reflects on a situation of some sort (or might just be wondering when she'll be free to go home!)

Lana Turner is giving it her all in this shot.

We've featured this one of Eleanor Parker here before, but it's too in line with today's theme to omit.

Mona Freeman giving face.

Eva Marie Saint offers profile in the reflection as she looks off (not necessarily in a north by northwest direction. Ha!)

In Rome Adventure (1962), Angie Dickinson knows just what she's got and how to use it to her best advantage.

The ever-amazing Miss Joan Collins at the height of the early-1960s lacquered phase. Note how the angle of the reflection can present a completely different sort of expression. Something to note when basing an opinion on a single photo. We're multifaceted people after all.

Faye Dunaway during the production of her own favorite film role, Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), in which she played a troubled fashion model.

Miss Diahann Carroll isn't about to make do with merely one mirror.

Whole posts could be made up from our next two participants of nothing but them looking into or posing beside a mirror. Perhaps I ought to have done that! But, anyway, here we have Bette Davis in her early years, up against a detailed mirror.

Decades later she had graduated to a personalized one! (During Dead Ringer, 1964?)

Joan Crawford fully embraced the art of publicity portrait sitting and does so with joy here during Forsaking All Others (1934.) Note, again, how the same pose can achieve two different types of expression thanks to the mirror.

Decades later, Miss C was a willing subject for the insightful camera lens of photographer Eve Arnold.

A shot, also carefully planned in a vein similar to the prior one, features Natalie Wood. Wood had very specific ideas about how her makeup should be applied and was extremely attentive to its details in application. (You'll find that many actresses who have perfected a certain look they prefer - and which they feel brings forth their very best attributes - do their OWN makeup rather than sit while someone else takes care of it.)

Gena Rowlands takes this multiple-type mirror thing to its pinnacle in Opening Night (1977.)

Sharon Tate, seen here on her wedding day to Roman Polanski, created her own eye makeup technique, which was vigorously copied by many a 1960s gal thereafter.

Sometimes a single full-length mirror simply won't do! Of course, this is from a famous movie sequence: Miss Rita Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai (1947.)

Likewise, Lauren Bacall appreciates the benefit of multiple mirrors in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953.)

And surely you didn't think I'd forget Nancy Kwan and her magic mirrors from Flower Drum Song (1961), did you?

Guys like a glance in the ol' mirror, too, you know... Here Steve McQueen sizes up a suit jacket (for The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968?)

I take it this dressing room of Sammy Davis Jr's didn't have a "No Smoking" sign like Jane Russell's!

Elvis Presley finds a new way to wait for the elevator, much to the hotel's cleaning crew's dismay...

Marlon Brando utilizes his mirror in order to get his tie straightened out.

Muhammad Ali tries out some of his patented boxing moves in a (filthy, sweat-stained-? mirror.) Hope he didn't mislay any equipment in that changing room. 

Sidney Poitier offers up twice the smile on Oscar Night, 1964.

Sean Connery surveys some of the damage he's caused in 1966's A Fine Madness.

The boys could get arty, too. Here we find Tyrone Power. You'll note he's not looking at himself in the reflection, but rather into the camera's lens.

Gary Cooper prepares for a portrait.

Better mirror moments came from Coop when he took a shave in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935.)

Frank Sinatra clears away 5 o'clock shadow prior to an engagement.

Paul Newman sees to his beard (Ha ha! No, not Joanne Woodward) in this candid photo.

Young Rock Hudson has his morning shave. We have to assume this is in a hotel considering that bar of soap and tiny dish for it...!

Kirk Douglas shaves his puss in this shot. A) I have always wondered what sort of ordeal it must have been to accurately shave that famous cleft in his chin. B) I think we can all be grateful that the Covid-19 vaccine didn't scar the recipient that way his smallpox vaccine has, as shown up close here...!

I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist the visual shift from Kirk Douglas to David "The Hoffmeister" Hasselhoff in these similarly situated set-ups! But, Sweet Jesus, how old was that bathroom?! Knight Rider was an early-1980s show and that shower door looks like the late-1950s/early-1960s.

I'm with Elizabeth on this one! Ha ha!

I don't care if he's posing with it or looking in it or not. This is my beloved Clint Walker of Cheyenne and there is a mirror present...

I mean, can ya blame me?? #myblogmyrules

As Dennis Cole would say, this is The End!


Alan Scott said...

No one is classier than Miss Bacall! Hollywood royalty at its finest! said...

Fun post, Poseidon!
Hear ya on recharging the blog batteries, too...
In your comment about Natalie Wood being particular about her make-up and how some stars preferred doing their own, there may be a reason. Somewhere, I saw or read where Joan Collins often preferred doing her own make-up because make-up artists often want to try new stuff on a star, for a variety of reasons. And that she didn't want to be someone's guinea pig.
There's an up and a downside to that. On the one hand, if you've been in the biz long enough, you know what works for you. On the other, many female stars cling to the same look that often becomes passe. I won't name names!
Cheers and hope your holidays are relaxing!

A said...

Lots of favorites in this one. One of my favorite movies ever is Puzzle of a Downfall Child. Tyrone Power, Sean Connery, Clint Walker, Dennis Cole...

Really fun post! It shows what a few days rest can really do for a man.

Thanks again, Poseidon!

Ptolemy1 said...

Welcome back my dear, you've been missed. I confess to checking this blog religiously to see, hehhe. I love me some Jane Russell, to me she looked like she could kick your ass in a heartbeat then sing a song about it. Angie Dickinson just oozed sex, and wasn't afraid to ooze it. Hard to believe she's 91. Awesome post, thank you!

hsc said...

Welcome back, Poseidon! This is a great fun "themed" post, and I always enjoy scrolling down slowly on these to see if I can I.D. the star before I read your caption!

I was kind of surprised at the ones I missed-- I mis-identified Mary Pickford as Fay Wray (then saw it *immediately* when I enlarged the photo), Raquel Welch as Claudia Cardinale, Joan Collins as Dana Wynter (hairstyle and reflection threw me off), Julie Andrews as Dolores del Rio (the hair and outfit and small face in the photo threw me), and bizarrely, the second set of Gary Cooper photos as Gilbert Roland, even though I spotted Coop instantly in the first ones!

And I didn't catch Jane Greer, Marsha Hunt, or Mona Freeman-- I guees I've seen them in flims more than photos-- but got Gloria Vanderbilt, despite not being able to figure why she was photographed in a theater dressing room until you explained.

And thank you for never missing a chance to post pictures of Clint Walker without a shirt!

BTW, the comment about shaving Kirk Douglas' chin cleft-- actually, a dimple-- was actually addressed by him in an interview years ago-- I want to say Dick Cavett, but it might've been Johnny Carson. He was asked that question by the host, and he jokingly responded that he "hired a little guy to get in there and clear it out."

He also added seriously that when he first started, they considered eliminating the dimple and did some test footage with it filled in with makeup, with cosmetic surgery to follow. However, they realized that without it breaking things up, his chin looked disproportionately huge-- which Douglas demonstrated by covering it with a finger-- so they left it alone.

Thanks again, Poseidon, for another fun post and for all you do! Love to all and be safe and well, everyone!

Shawny said...

Hi P! Great selection. Love the PN beard joke. I read that all reference to his gay hookups were cut out of the docuseries that recently aired. It's so frustrating.

Brad said...

Welcome back. Great post. Those mirrors have lots of pretty faces, and a great ending too! Nothing like some glam n muscle to enjoy via classic photos. Thanks...

Gingerguy said...

Clint Walker and Dennis Cole's rear are early Christmas presents-thank you! I love the Marilyn photo, she was so cute and wholesome looking and obviously gorgeous later but I love the early stuff.
Dead Ringer" has levels with the twin theme and reflections. Just watched it recently and her screaming during the dog attack had me crying with laughter.
"Opening Night" is the most harrowing movie, I was sick with the suspense and it has really stuck with me. Omg was just thinking of Faye and "Downfall Child" it played here at a theater about 14 years ago and almost caused me a huge row with a jealous boyfriend because I saw it with an ex I am friendly with. Good times! this was great and happy holidays

harlow said...

The ladies look wonderful naturally. Though I did find myself lingering over Gary Cooper and Clint Walker for some reason!

Poseidon3 said...

Alan, her early career as a model lent a lot of poise when the movies came her way, too!

Rick, there are so many stories of young ladies coming to Hollywood and being made over into "the new" this person or that... like there were certain established makeup and styling schemes which they applied to each newcomer as they saw fit! Thanks.

A, I'm so glad you liked this. I'd been wanting to feature mirrors for some time, but didn't get around to it until now.

Ptolemy1, I think "Rome Adventure" was one of Angie Dickinson's finest hours. Somehow the gloss of the production and her silky, slinky seductiveness fit well. I agree about Jane, too. She had was looked like such a strong, broad back? kapow! LOL

hsc, thanks for clarifying about Kirk's dimple...! I do still wonder how he got truly clean-shaven. The edge of a long razor blade? I am so queasy when it comes to razors. I only shave 2 or 3 times a week and hate running even a multi-blade safety razor over my neck. (But I get it honestly. A woman tried to murder her son with scissors in the apartment upstairs from me when I was 2-3 years old and he came to us for help, with his white t-shirt turning red before me! Never had much tolerance for blood after that.) BTW, I do think young Claudia and young Raquel resembled one another, so it's understandable. The others, too. That 'do on Joan this time wasn't one she kept for very long. :-)

Shawny, it's a strange thing, but sometimes the people who parrot the loudest about diversity and inclusion don't want any aspects of it applied to themselves personally!! (I don't just refer to J&P, but to all sorts of people who support things, but who don't want any of it associated with them personally.)

Brad, thank you! I tried to combine the best of both worlds. ;-)

Gingerguy, Marilyn remains a fascinating subject... But I've been warned NOT to watch "Blonde." Maybe if I go in reminding myself that it's fictionalized and not necessarily accurate. Haven't made up my mind yet. I haven't seen "Dead Ringer" in ages. I need to fix that. What a story -- Faye's movie (and your "date") coming between you and a partner!

harlow, I can't EVER get enough of Clint... And Gary in his prime was really something, too. Look here for an interesting bit of info on him:

Gingerguy said...

it was almost my downfall, child

Dan said...

Lord, Cooper was gorgeous.
And there is something so sexy about watching daddy shaving...