Look at me write this week which is all about movies in one form or another. I found this new blog, Two Dollar Cinema, who has created a great post to be done by March 1st...I am right on the deadline. Simply, choose 4 of something cinematic-could be Oscar wins, 4 shirtless men that you pant over, basically anything pertaining to film, that should be carved into Mt. Rushmore. Here are the rules...
- I'd like to have all posts done by Friday, March 1st (where I'll create a master list, linking back to all of your lovely sites), but it's cool if you're an overachiever and finish early. Or not at all.
- When you've finished, send me a heads up/dick pic on twitter @twodollarcinema , reply in the comments below, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org), make circles out of black smoke that Amy Adams will decode, Hell, cut a note out of old newspaper headlines, I really don't mind. Just let me know that you're in and that I love you so much.
- In your post, please use the rad banner my wife designed in eleven minutes.
- Share the announcement, if possible. I don't really know anyone, uh, except you.
- I just want to tell you both good luck, we're all counting you.
here are the 4 I think should be carved into Mount Rushmore:
1. Mary Pickford-April 8, 1892-May 29,1979
This lass is known as America's Sweetheart even though she was born in Toronto, Canada and her sassy playing of children with her famous curls, even though she was well into her 30's, captured the imagination of the world. When she married Douglas Fairbanks Snr, they were known as the king and queen of Hollywood where famous people, including Kings, Queens and Sultans all vied to be invited to their famous home called Pickfair (Pia Zadora and her husband bought the place and razed it because she thought it was haunted-the bitch). When they went on their honeymoon to Europe, they were mobbed to the point that Fairbanks had to hoist Mary on his shoulders so she would not be crushed. Why do I choose Mary? This little gal (5ft), before she was 20, was one shrewd businesswoman who became the first woman to earn over a million dollars. No producer wanted to tangle with her because she was excellent in getting what she wanted money wise. She was the first woman to demand a share of the profits of her films plus own them and, along with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, helped form United Artists. This production company, albeit not what it once was, is still around to this day. She is also a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plus she held an executive position with United Artists until the 1950's which is no small feat for a woman born before women had the right to vote.
2. HEDY LAMARR-NOV. 9, 1914-JAN. 19, 2000
This great beauty was born in Vienna, became famous for an erotic 1933 film called Ecstasy and made her way to Hollywood where the public fell in love with her face...much to her distaste. Her very famous quote is, "Any girl can be glamourous, all you have to do is stand there and look stupid." This lady, who was the inspiration for Snow White and Catwoman, loved science and inventing. During the war, she was hearing how the ships were being torpedoed and the Allies were found due to radar.(If I am wrong correct me since I am not a science person at all). Together with a composer, named George Anthiel, she created something called frequency hopping. This, she thought would make it difficult for the submarines to locate the ships etc...but, in the stupidity of the U.S. military machine they scoffed at her invention. Later on, after the war,they found how useful it was and used it without paying her a cent. Now, she did give this information freely to them because of the war but, later on, they just used it and never even gave her credit. She is the founder for all we have today-Wi-Fi, cell phones, GPS, Bluetooth...can you imagine! On top of this, she helped Howard Hughes (her boyfriend at the time) redesign the wings of his plane to make it more aerodynamic. One smart cookie!
3. LUCILLE BALL-AUGUST 6, 1911-APRIL 26, 1989
We all know this famous lass unless you have been hiding under a rock. Technicolour Tessie, as she was described in the 1940`s, worked in Hollywood for many years but became very famous for her TV Show with her real-Life husband, Desi Arnaz called...I Love Lucy. Desi was a great businessman like his wife and they both insisted on their TV Show being filmed with 3 cameras, like the movies, which is why it is still of great quality today. They also insisted on the rights to their show, when this was not the norm at all, so they benefited from all the reruns and made tons of money. They also bought RKO Studios and created Desilu Productions. When they separated and, later, divorced, Lucy kept control of the Studio and was the first Woman executive to head a TV studio. When Star Trek was ready to be axed, the fans wrote in, and she made the decision to keep the series going. Her studio headed many shows including her own series, Star Trek, Mission Impossible and The Untouchables. What a Force!
4. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND- JULY 1, 1916-AND STILL GOING AT 102 YRS OLD
She may look demure and so, so sweet but she is one strong woman who fought the studio system and won! She is the last cast member(except for the one who played her baby) from Gone With The Wind that is still alive and kicking. Remember, just a year and a half ago, she took on the TV show `Feud:Bette and Joan because she did not appreciate the way she was portrayed`and was not asked for her permission (she lost). Way back in the 1930`s she signed a 7 year contract with Warner Brothers and was often teamed with Errol Flynn (A rogue who loved her but she knew better). Warner Brothers was known as a tough studio with Jack Warner at the helm (so he thought but he often got away with murder..not literally...as far as I know). If a star disliked a part and refused to do it, they could be suspended for 6 months which would be added to their contract. Betty Davis and James Cagney both fought the studio but never won and had to go back to work with more years added to their 7 year contract. In 1943, she wanted out of her contract thinking her 7 years was up but Warners added 6 months. Warners had no idea who they were dealing with, Olivia hired a great lawyer and fought in court and won and this law is now called The De Havilland law. She was blackballed for 2 years as a result but she gained her freedom and all the other actors followed bringing this 7 year contract clause to an end giving the actors more control over their artistic endeavors. When Olivia returned to work with paramount Studios, she made the film To Each His own and won an Oscar as a result. What a classy tough lady who is no shrinking Melanie.