Monday, October 7, 2013

More Real Names of Old Hollywood Stars

Last week I shared  the real names of some of our favorite classic film stars. I enjoyed putting that post together so much that I thought I would share a few more.

Many are simple, average American names and some are very indicative of  the actor/actresses culture. But no matter why they changed their names, their new stage names defiantly worked for them. Don't you think?
Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr = Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler
Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper = Frank James Cooper
Carole Lombard = Jane Alice Peters
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby = Harry Lillis Crosby
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford = Lucille Fay LeSueur
Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff = William Henry Pratt 
Judy Garland
Judy Garland = Frances Ethel Gumm
George Burns
George Burns =  Nathan Birnbaum
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine = Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
Dean Martin
Dean Martin = Dino Crocetti

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Doctor Who Wednesday: DW Halloween Costumes

It is October and Halloween will be creeping its way into our households slowly but surely. I know that Halloween, although not typically celebrated in other parts of the world (aside from North America) is being picked up and practiced in all sorts of places now. I mean, what is not to like about dressing up as someone else and getting candy for it? Most of us dress up vintage every chance we get. Although it is more of a lifestyle choice for many of us, it is still super fun to don a costume of a Princess Lea or Wonder Woman or Snow White once in a while, right?

To continue my countdown and celebration of 50 fabulous years of Doctor Who, I found some costume inspiration as well as a few great items that one could add to their DW costumes for this October 31st!

Even if you don't dress up for Halloween, DW costumes could be used for some sort of DW celebration or for DW conventions.

 Fourth Doctor: Both from ThinkGeek: Scarf and Fedora Hat
 Seventh Doctor: Official BBC Jumper here and Question Mark Umbrella here
     Eleventh Doctor: Entire "Professor" Doctor Costume here and  Bowtie from ThinkGeek
 Weeping Angels: livewholly4him (dress only) and NeedfulThingsStudio (Latex Mask)

I also found some amazing bloggers and cosplay DW fans who created some outstanding costumes of their very own!
 JunkSpace Blog
 Hunky Dorky Blog
andreon Blog

Last but not least, here are some sites that may help you create your very own Doctor Who costumes. And don't forget to check out some of my past posts on DW inspired outfits here, here, here, and here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Real Names of Old Hollywood's Stars

Ever wondered if the stars from yesterday were really born with names like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, James Cagney, Carol Lombard, or Clark Gable? Well, some of them were and some of them weren't.

Here are some classic films stars and their real birth names:
Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth = Margarita Carmen Cansino 
Cary Grant
  Cary Grant = Archibald Leach 
Barbara Stanwyck
 Barbara Stanwyck = Ruby Katherine Stevens 
John Wayne
John Wayne = Marion Robert Morrison
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall = Betty Joan Perske 
John Garfield
John Garfield = Jacob Julius Garfinkle
Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake =  Constance Frances Marie Ockelman 
Tony Curtis
 Tony Curtis = Bernard Schwartz
Mark Pickford
 Mary Pickford = Gladys Louise Smith 
Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas = Issur Danielovitch

Weren't these fun!? I can see now why many did change their names but many like Lauren Bacall still went by their birth names when it came to close family and friends. Today she still prefers to be called Betty. 

The changing of the names is a reminder of how much control the film studios had on their actors and also how powerful a name can be in changing ones images or public persona.
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