Rita Moreno has won a few awards in her life — the National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Emmy Awards, a Grammy, a Tony and an Academy Award, or “the little gold man,” as she calls her Oscar.
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Esther Williams died in June this year, but her legend lives on through retro swimsuits and classic movie marathons. She made swimming look effortless, glamorous and like something worth watching. With a natural grace and fabulous smile, Williams could also do something nearly impossible for mere mortals: Look good in a swimming cap, something that makes most of us looks like that weird “old guy” character from the Six Flags commercials.
While we can’t vouch for the stylishness of a swimming cap, there are plenty of other lessons we can learn from the lovely icon. Here are Esther Williams’ rules for summer living, vintage Hollywood-style. (Fun fact: These photos came from her 1956 special, “The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle.” They just don’t name programs like that anymore.)
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Fifty-odd years ago, a young singer/dancer on the verge of breaking into the movies visited LIFE magazine’s Los Angeles bureau — and for once, the newshounds who worked there were speechless.“Everybody was working on typewriters back then, so it was very noisy,” remembers the legendary editor Richard Stolley, who was L.A. bureau chief at the time. “I’m sitting in my office and suddenly it got quiet. All the typewriters stopped. I thought, ‘What the hell is going on?’ So I got up and I walked to the door. And what was happening? Ann-Margret was walking through the newsroom.”Grey Villet—TIME & LIFE Pictures/Getty ImagesNineteen-year-old Ann-Margret belts out a tune during a screen test for the movie State Fair in 1961.Here, Stolley and Ann-Margret herself reminisce about those long-ago days — days that remain distinct in both of their memories.“That,” Stolley says of the picture at left, “is what you were wearing when you came in to the bureau.”“It was a light blue, lambswool sweater,” Ann-Margret recalls, laughing. “That’s the only outfit I had at the time. The only one! Oh, dear.”In the decades since that first encounter, Stolley served as the top editor of both LIFE and PEOPLE magazines, and that fresh-faced 19-year-old starlet did pretty well for herself, too: Ann-Margret, born Ann-Margret Olsson in Stockholm, became one of Hollywood’s sexiest, most vivacious stars, her energy and talent lighting up movies as varied as Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas and Tommy. Through the years, the great journalist, now 84, and the marvelous actress, now 72, have remained dear friends.
Groundbreaking actress-singer Diahann Carroll (“Julia,” “Claudine”) was an 18-year-old New York model when her singing career took off. Her break came when she won a talent show called, appropriately enough, “Chance of a Lifetime” in January 1954 on the old DuMont Network. Besides the cash prize, she was booked at the famed Latin Quarter nightclub.
By year’s end she had made her film debut in Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones” with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte and her Broadway bow in the Truman Capote-Harold Arlen musical “House of Flowers” with the legendary Pearl Bailey.
“I loved every moment of it,” said Carroll, recalling those early days. “I just assumed everyone’s career went through the same machinations. It wasn’t until much later that I realized how fortunate I had been.”
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PUBLISHED:00:35 EST, 26 April 2013| UPDATED:02:16 EST, 26 April 2013
Kate Beckinsale is famous for her skimpy outfits.
But the English-born actress took the high road and covered up for a change at the gala world premiere restoration of Funny Girl starring a young Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif.
Kate, 39, was quite the proper lady in her suit that included a funky pair of black-patterned white trousers and matching jacket, along with a black blouse.
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The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival will honor two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Jane Fonda with a multi-tiered celebration of her remarkable film career. Fonda will take part in two events during the festival, beginning with a public ceremony where she will have her hand and footprints enshrined in concrete in front of TCL Chinese Theatre. And in what is certain to be a highlight of the festival, she will help introduce a screening of “On Golden Pond,” the touching drama from 1981 that provided her the chance to work with her legendary father, Henry Fonda, for the first and only time. The TCM Classic Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28, in Hollywood.
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ABC News’ Juju Chang and Gary Wynn report: Jane Fonda has been famous her whole life. The Hollywood legend from an acting family has won two Academy Awards, been criticized for her radical political views and led a fitness empire. Even though Fonda has lived…
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