Saturday, September 29, 2012

SIlent Is Golden: Bessie Love


Bessie Love (September 10, 1898 – April 26, 1986) was an American motion picture actress who achieved prominence mainly in the silent films and early talkies. With a small frame and delicate features, she played innocent young girls, flappers, and wholesome leading ladies. Her role in The Broadway Melody (1929) earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In addition to her acting career, she wrote the screenplay for the 1919 film A Yankee Princess.

Love was born Juanita Horton in MidlandTexas. She attended school in Midland until she was in the eighth grade, when her chiropractor father moved his family to Hollywood. Bessie graduated from Los Angeles High School and then received from her parents the graduation present of a trip around the United States. After six months of traveling, she finally returned home to Los Angeles.
In 1922 Love was selected one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars. In 1923, she starred in Human Wreckage with Dorothy Davenport and produced by Thomas Ince.

To help with the family's financial situation, Love's mother sent her to Biography Studios, where she met pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Griffith, who introduced Bessie Love to films, also gave the actress her screen moniker. He gave her a small role in his film Intolerance (1916). She also appeared opposite William S. Hart in The Aryan and with Douglas Fairbanks in The Good Bad ManReggie Mixes In, and The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (all 1916).

As her roles got larger, so did her popularity. She performed the Charleston in the film The King on Main Street in 1925. Also that same year she starred in The Lost World, a science fiction adventure based on the novel of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Three years later she starred in The Matinee Idol, a romantic comedy directed by a young Frank Capra.
However, by 1932 her American film career was in decline. She moved to England in 1935 and did stage work and occasional films there. As war came in Europe she returned to the US for a while, worked for the Red Cross, and entertained the troops. After the war she moved back to Britain where she kept her main residence, and continued to play small film roles for film companies in both the US and Britain. She appeared in films such as The Barefoot Contessa (1954) with Humphrey Bogart, and as an American tourist in The Greengage Summer (1961) starring Kenneth More. She also played a small role as an American tourist in theJames Bond thriller On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She played a small but pivotal role as a switchboard operator in 1971's Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Love was able to successfully transition to talkies, and in 1929 she was nominated for theAcademy Award for Best Actress for The Broadway Melody. She also appeared in several other early musicals including The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Chasing Rainbows(1930), Good News (1930), and They Learned About Women (1930).

Her career came to a quick halt soon after that however, and she moved permanently to the United Kingdom, becoming a British citizen. She made a comeback in the 1980s with roles in Ragtime (1981), Warren Beatty's Reds (1981), Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981) and (her final film) The Hunger (1983) starring Catherine DeneuveDavid Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. During her lifetime, Love was featured in 131 films and TV episodes.
In 1977 she published an autobiography, From Hollywood with Love. She was at this time living comfortably in a flat overlooking London’s Clapham Common and had recently appeared in a television account of the abdication of King Edward VIII.

She recorded that during World War II in Britain when she found acting work hard to come by she had been the "continuity girl" on the film drama San Demetrio London, an account of a ship badly damaged in the Atlantic but whose crew managed to bring her to port. She also says she had regular diet in the post-war era of stage roles as an American Tourist and similar roles, and was "Aunt Pittypat" in a large-scale musical version of Gone With the Wind.
Love married agent William Hawks (January 29, 1901 Neenah, Wisconsin – January 10, 1969 Santa Monica, California) at St. James Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California on December 27th, 1929. Mary AstorBebe DanielsCarmel MyersNorma Shearer and Blanche Sweet were her bridesmaids, William's brother Howard Hawks and Irving Thalbergushered. Mary Astor was William's sister-in-law, married to brother Kenneth Hawks. They then lived at the Havenhurst Apartments in Hollywood. They had daughter Patricia Hawks (February 19, 1932 Los Angeles, California) who had some bit parts in 1952 movies. They divorced in 1935.

Love died in London, England from natural causes on April 26, 1986. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
Let's talk about the amazing career this woman had. Started out in the silent films era and work steadily in film up until 1983 where she stared along side David Bowie In THE HUNGER. Not many actresses from that period in Film really transitioned into talkies, but Bessie Love did and had a great career. Here is a selected list of her films that I admire. Its sad that many of her films as well as other amazing performances have gone up in smoke. Literally, in a huge studio fire, so many of Hollywood treasures where lost.   xoxox Mykie

Silent: This gives you an idea of the volume of work she created and the many films lost

  • The Broadway Melody-1929
  • Conspiracy -1930
  • The Magic box- 1950
  • The Barefoot Contessa- 1954
  • The Roman Springs Of Mrs. Stone -1961
  • Isadora - 1968
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday - 1971
  • REDS- 1981
  • RAGTIME- 1981
  • THE HUNGER -18983


Thursday, September 27, 2012



Want to see what was in my GOODIE BAG #2. Well, OK if your going to force me too. Check out these yummy treats for your face that is.

I adore this creme blush, I use the shade TROPICAL GLOW a lot. So I am excited to try Pink Cashmere. This luminous creme blush gives your cheeks a burst of color and radiance with its creamy-texture. It's oil-free and has a shimmering glow thats sheer for long-wearing.
Wear as a check color or highlighter.  YBCOSMETICS $27.00

TIP: apply with your fingers. making sure you blend evenly before product sets. also try using a  damp  Beautyblender sponge  to blend onto cheeks.
This little beauty kit contains all you will need to groom your way to perfect arches.With the two shades of pressed brow powder and a lite tinted wax you can create those perfect brows.
comes with a dual-ended brow brush and a tweezers, NOT TO SHABBY! $40.00

TIPS:  Tweeze away all those pesky stray hairs then brush hairs up with spoolie end of brush. Lightly shade color into your brows with the slanted end. To set, apply the wax thru brows with spoolie end of brush, i like that word, Spoolie!
Check out all of YOUNGBLOOD , they have amazing products, VEGAN too.
Great for those with very sensitive skin issues.


I love my job and I love that I get to try out amazing new products and brands that maybe I have yet to try.  As I get ready to prep a new show or film, I always  contact  companies and ask  if I may use them as product placement and on my talent for the project. So they'll send me some GOODIE BAGS and thats' how I figure out what I can't live without! 

Today was a great post day, I received two GOODIE BAGS in the mail. And I thought I would share then with you but one per post I think they should both get there own spotlight don't you think?


KITTEN: All Over Shimmer Powder
  A gorgeous  pale iridescent pink all over shimmer powder  is multi-purpose that instantly enhances your complexion with a fresh radiant glow. It's micro -fine pearls adheres to your skin making it last all day. You can use this on your eyes, cheeks and face. Great for a highlighter. I  like to use it above your cheekbones and down the ridge of your nose. STILA $22.00

TIPS: -The Kitten Shimmer Duo can be lightly dusted for shine or strategically placed to highlight and shape the face. To highlight effectively, focus on the cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of the nose.
-When applying, mix the colors in the duo for a simple shimmer that works on anyone. The gold tone compliments warmer looks; the champagne tone works with cooler looks.
-In a hurry? The Kitten Shimmer Duo can double as an eye shadow. It will provide the eyes a subtle highlight that is less pigmented than a normal shimmer shadow.

 KAJAL Eye Liner in ONYX
These Liners are formulated to mimic the ultra-soft texture of the Indian eye darkener of the same name.
This luscious formula is silky smooth and glides perfectly onto your eye lids with out dragging across the most fragile skin around your eye.  This color is true, bold and blends super easy.

These liners can be used to line the inside lash line or over the entire lash line however you like. You can even use Kajal  Eye Liners has eye shadow.they bends easy for a smokey eye.. Stila $18.00



Stila's award winning eye shadows are  individually- pressed formulas. Classic neutrals to hot fashion hues.They are very long lasting and easy to apply.  I love these to shades, Dahlia is supper rich and textures..perfect for a smokey eye. Stila $18.00

TIPS:  These amazing textured shadows can be used dry or wet, used as liner by mixing it with water.

I have reviewed this product before and i will again, This is my new favorite makeup item at the moment. I used it on my last film, on actress Summer Glau to create a smooth illuminating elf like skin tone and it worked like a charm.  This melts into your skin and dries down creating a gorgeous glow, used alone or with base. It contains three illuminating bronzers,  
  • Pale Pink- Warms the complexion
  • Champagne-  highlights the skin
  • Kitten- Brightens and Illuminates

This primer, illuminating, color correcting skincare serum contains Stila's Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex that instantly: 
  • Reduces imperfections
  • Improves skin texture
  • Minimizes pores and diminishes the look of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Hydrates, balances and nourishes the skin
  • Controls oil production

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