Thursday, September 8, 2011
Image that I worked on, of the amazing Claude Cahun. I thought if anyone wouldn't mind me using an image of them in the quest of gender studies, feminism, painting and pleasure; it would be Claude.
Below are the rosettes I'm using for new work, whilst tying up loose ends of old work.
The rosettes are part of a new and exciting project.......coming soon. (Not as ominous as it sounds!) x
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Father robbed and murdered
Her mother and her move to LA
Lana was "discovered" in a Hollywood Drug Store buying a coke
One lover, Stompanato, came on set with a gun.
Sean Connery punched him and took away the gun.
Stompanato was deported by Scotland Yard.
Turner and Stompanato have an argument;
Her daughter, fearing her mother's life, took a kitchen knife and stabbed Stompanato; killing him.
Negative Publicity Ruins Career.
Has a heart attack;
Becomes a born again-Christian.
Battles a 3 year fight against throat cancer.
Majority of estate left to maid.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Film Debut aged 12
Not great film parts
Married in 1931
Divorced in 1933
1934 - lots of successful films
Meets the love of her life
1936 Academy Award Nomination "Best Actress"
Held lots of "unconventional parties"
Marries Clark Gable
Buy a ranch and raise chickens together
Attempts to have a child fail
Boards a plane to California
Joins US Armed Air Forces
Attends the Launch of the Liberty ship "SS LOMBARD" named in her honour.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Extraordinary Beauty meant Paramount Pictures employed her
She was Clinically Shy
Appeared in lots of popular films
Begins drinking to help ease her stage fright and lack of self-confidence
Paramount doesn't renew her contract
She divorces her husband
In 1957 is photographed driving her convertible into the front of a coffee shop
She appears in two more films
Due to Liver Damage and Malnutrition
Worked as a Sales Girl selling Gingham
Married at 16
Divorced at 18
Enters "The Most Beautiful Girl In New York" competition
Becomes part of the Ziegfield Follies
Takes Part in the Midnight Frolic
Her Midnight Frolic costume is balloons which men pop with cigars
Becomes object of affection by many rich admirers
Poses Nude for Alberto Vargas
Makes Film Debut
Marries Jack Pickford
Created the image of "Baby Vamp"
First Actress to be called "Flapper"
Made $3,000 a week
Thomas partied hard, loved alcohol
Alcoholism in her family
Car crashes and fights with her husband
Adopts her six year old nephew
Love of her husband's life
They head for Paris for a second honeymoon
They have a night of partying
Rumours say she took cocaine that night
Accidentally ingests mercury bichloride solution (that was meant for her husband's syphilis)
Screams "Oh my god!"
Last words 'Pretty weak, but I'll be all right in a little while, don't worry, darling"
Husband brings her body back to US, attempts to commit suicide
Thomas' ghost is said to haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre where she performed in Midnight Frolic.
Franklyn Farnum persuades her to leave the troupe
Farnum gets a part in a film, she follows him
Divorces Farnum after one month
Becomes Leading Lady in films
Retires from films temporarily
Found it hard to get roles because of Cocaine Addiction
In and out of mental institutions
Her addiction consumes her
Arrested on Narcotics Charge
Released on Bail
Dies of Pneumonia a week later.
Her Half-sister Violet Ake and a man try to kidnap her
Marries at the Age of 17
He dies a year after
Divorces Two years later
Divorces Three years later
Whilst with the last husband moves to New York and writes screenplays
She returns to Los Angeles and makes her film debut
Publicised as "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
Shot to Stardom
Would claim to be from exotic ancestries
Started enjoying fast paced Hollywood Life
Only slept two hours a night
Became Addicted to Heroin
Dies of Turberculosis and Nephritis
Buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
After her death it emerges she had an illegitimate child
He is adopted
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Sexually Abused Aged 9
The Bob Haircut
Studio screws over, doesn't offer her a raise
Voice deemed not suitable for new "sound" films
Salesgirl in Saks
Heavy Drinker from the age of 14
One night stand with Greta Garbo
Dies of a heart attack in 1985.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Parent's split up shortly after her birth
With sister was a vaudeville acted called "The Wonder Sisters"
Great Depression ruins The Wonder Sisters
Move to New York
Re-name themselves "The Dandridge Sisters"
Performed at The Cotton Club
Got into Film Work
Married Dancer and had child
Child Born brain damaged
Starred with John Wayne
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
First African American to be nominated for Best Actress
Island In The Sun
No more film parts come
She sings in nightclubs again
Marries Jack Denison
Domestic Abuse Rumours
Swindled out of money
Sells Hollywood Home
Puts Daughter in Mental Institution
Dorothy Suffers Nervous Breakdown
Earl Mills starts arranging her "comeback"
Comeback never comes.
Overdose of Antidepressant
Dies aged 42.
Moves from Mexico City home to Texas
Moves to California
Got parts in movies
Accused of promoting communism
30 and still not a huge star
Leaves Hollywood for Broadway
Following her catholic upbringing refuses to have an abortion
Cannot bear to give birth to the child
To Harald: May God forgive you and forgive me, too; but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's, before I bring him with shame, or killing him. Lupe.
Edie Sedgwick plays Lupe in the Warhol film "Lupe"
Mother died when young
Family emigrate to America
Step Mother died
Father killed by hit and run
Has success on broadway
Marries a man
Divorces him over charges of cruelty and she claims she didn't know he was married before with a child
Get's a part in a film
Commits suicide by throwing herself off the "H" in the hollywood sign
Her grave remained unmarked until 2010
Her suicide note: I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Broke up with film producer
Made her re-evaluate her life
Developes close friendship with a director
Her drug use becomes talked about news
Her chauffeur, a millionaire and a golfer all become wounded by her pistol
She's a heroin addict for most of her life
She dies of tuberculosis aged 37.
The "biograph Girl"
Achieved her life-long dream of buying a massive estate and grew roses
Had a fight with her husband
He left and sent her letters about how he was going to commit suicide
She retired from films
Induced to work on last few films
Stage fire breaks out on set
Lawrence gets burnt and suffers a fall
Blames husband for making her do that film
Never regains career
Gets married again to someone new
Marries someone else
Travels to Hollywood to regain career
MGM pay her $75 a week for bit parts
Alone and discouraged she suffers from myelofibrosis
Commits suicide by eating ant paste
Buried in an unmarked grave until 1991 when Roddy McDowall pays for a memorial marker.
Mother Died when she was a baby
Sex issues - "I'm as pure as the driven slush"
Five Hour Hysterectomy due to venereal disease - she then said to the doctor after " Don't think this has taught me a lesson!"
Her last words? "Codeine.. Bourbon"
Monday, January 24, 2011
I love the cross over between art and fashion; I was totally enamoured and enthralled by the Art and Fashion exhibition at The Royal Academy. I was also enthralled by Sketch's pop-up eatery at the venue. Sandwiches wrapped like delicate french knickers with cute pastel bows, latte's in fine bone china with dainty roses on them; should food be this gorgeous at the end of a fashion focused exhibition?
As I bit into my sandwich and sketched away, I looked up and saw Claudia Schiffer in a variety of prints by Jake and Dinos Chapman, playing the "Damsel in distress" on illustrated horror backgrounds. Almost swallowed by the skull of doom she still manages to get her lush red lace bra out and shows off that vintage 'do.
Why am I talking about this on here?
Well, she reminds me of an old family friend Ingrid Pitt, who sadly passed away last year. The actress infamous for her roles in the hammer horror films, she was amazing. She survived a concentration camp childhood, married three times, held a black belt in Karate and a pilot's license.
One of my favourite illustrations/artworks ever is the poster I have for her "Countess Dracula" film for Hammer. It hung on my wall for about four years before I moved to London, and in it she's a fiendish yellow with cherry lips.
Are Damsels in distress ever really helpless? Are vixens true life vampires? The roles that cinema has projected onto women leave them confused about who to be; the cold vixen or the over emotional damsel in distress? I feel it's only now that women are finding their own feet, and they will, as long as they don't get sucked up by crappy rom coms.
P.S. Emma Forrest's new book "Your Voice in My Head" you just have to read.