With the new year fast approaching, I’ve decided to have a look at 2012 because I may love vintage but I rather look ahead than back. So what’s cooking?!
On January 17th, America’s sweetheart Betty White is going to complete another decade. She’ll be turning ninety. I know she just recently said that’s not an accomplishment but that it just happened, bless her for counting her blessings like that. But still. Ninety is quite a milestone. And with her popularity, filmography and attitude she definitely outshines an entire studio full of performers less than half her age.
On April 18th then, my personal Tinseltown darling, RKO’s 1940s starlet and Perry Mason‘s renowned girl Friday, Barbara Hale, will join Ms. White, my N Hollywood grandma and their club of Fabulous at Ninety. Although long retired, well-deserved and (apparently) happily so, Ms. Hale is still fondly remembered by Della Street fans and classic cinéastes from around the globe. More and more of her work has been published on DVD or online in recent years and I sincerely hope that 2012 will reveal more of her bubbly warmth for us all to enjoy.
Then several films and TV shows will celebrate their anniversaries. Here are some examples:
- Ironside (1967-75, NBC)
- The Lucy Show (1962-68, CBS)
- My Little Margie (1952-55, CBS & NBC)
- Perry Mason TV show (1957-66, CBS)
- A Likely Story (1947, RKO, directed by H.C. Potter, starring Barbara Hale and Bill Williams)
- The First Time (1952, Columbia, directed by Frank Tashlin, starring Robert Cummings and Barbara Hale)
- Ivanhoe (1952, MGM, directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor)
- The Miracle Worker (1962, United Artists, directed by Arthur Penn, starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke)
- Pat & Mike (1952, MGM, directed by George Cukor, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey)
- Singin’ in the Rain (1952, MGM, directed by Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelley and Debbie Reynolds)
- That Touch of Mink (1962, Universal, directed by Delbert Mann, starring Cary Grant and Doris Day)
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962, Warner Bros., directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis & Joan Crawford)
Of course there are many many more, e.g. Bambi (1942), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Mrs. Miniver (1942) or To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Also other TV shows like The Carol Burnett Show (1967-78) or The Flying Nun (1967-70).
The legendary Barbara Stanwyck had her screen debut as a fan dancer in Broadway Nights eighty-five years ago. She would’ve turned one-hundred and five on July 16th, Raymond Burr ninety-five on May 21st.
I could continue this list ad infinitum. But I rather wish you a smooth start into the new year and hope you’re looking forward to all the vintage treats that will be revisited and adored on this blog in the up-coming leap year.