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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

All original Encyclopedia text, from A to Z, is copyright 2004 - 2018 by Stephanie Jones

 

 

Celebrating 14 Years of BOE: 2004  2018

 

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2/20/18

 

PHOTOS:

1932:  MGM publicity reading fan mail (includes press caption).

1933:  A film still from Dancing Lady with Clark Gable.

1934:  A film still (and also a German lobby card) from Forsaking All Others with Robert Montgomery.

1936:  Gorgeous Hussy -- New publicity with Robert Taylor; and a bigger, better replacement with new press caption.

1938:  Bigger, better replacement publicity by Willinger (with new press caption).

1939:  Ice Follies -- Publicity by Clarence Sinclair Bull, and a film still with James Stewart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2/16/18

 

FILMS: Strait-Jacket -- Two promo axes.

 

LETTERS:

1959:  Lengthy telegram to columnist/TV host Irv Kupcinet and wife.

1962:  To Kupcinet and wife re missed and future plans.

1968:  To a friend re Hamlet stationery, The Lucy Show, and new apartment.

1976:  (Last) Christmas letter to friends "Bob and Chuck."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2/15/18

 

ART/BOOKS:  A big black-and-white press-release photo of the Lucerne Robert cover of Portrait of Joan, with accompanying press info. (Also added a Robert entry to the Encyclopedia.)

 

PHOTOS:

1962:  A film still from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

1965:  Color at the Emmys with Melvyn Douglas and Ginger Rogers.

1966:  Candids: At a Variety Club luncheon in England; and in Mexico.

1971:  Candid at a Blackglama police benefit.

 

 

 

 


 

2/13/18

 

FILMS:  Johnny Guitar -- Italian posters (1954 and 1960s re-release); and a complete set of US lobby cards.

 

PHOTOS:

1956:  Candid in Frankfurt with husband Al Steele.

1957:  

The Story of Esther Costello -- A new film still; and a bigger, better replacement (bed with Heather Sears and Brazzi, with new press caption).

Candid at car with Steele and poodle.

1959:  On the set of The Best of Everything with gift, and with visiting director Raoul Walsh (includes press caption).

 

 

 

 


 

2/11/18

 

PHOTOS:

1946:  A film still from Humoresque with Oscar Levant and John Garfield.

1951:  Signing autographs for fans at unknown event.

1952:  

A film still from This Woman Is Dangerous.

Publicity one and two.

1953:  Torch Song -- Solo pub, pub with Michael Wilding (includes press caption), and candid on the set with director Charles Walters and Wilding (includes press caption).

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2/09/18

 

COLLECTIBLES:  Four photos of a 1970s Ron Kron "Mildred Pierce" doll.

 

LINKS:  Tested every entry on the page, deleting outdated sites and updating info for still-live sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2/07/18

 

PHOTOS:

1936:  Publicity for Love on the Run.

1939:  Five set-design shots from Ice Follies of 1939.

1941:  MGM fashion publicity (includes lengthy press caption).

1942:  With Melvyn Douglas in They All Kissed the Bride.

1945:  Mildred Pierce -- On the set with Bruce Bennett and crew, publicity with Zachary Scott by Longworth, and a film still with Ann Blyth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2/05/18

 

FILMS:  

A Loew's Weekly review for No More Ladies.

A glass lantern slide for The Last of Mrs. Cheyney.

President Roosevelt in Poughkeepsie, NY, with a Bride Wore Red billboard.

 

PHOTOS:

1931:  Publicity by Hurrell for This Modern Age.

1932:  

A film still from Letty Lynton with Robert Montgomery (bigger, better replacement).

Publicity by Steichen for Vanity Fair.

1936:  At home with Franchot Tone (bigger, better replacement and new press caption).

1937:  

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney -- Playing backgammon with Montgomery on the set (includes press caption).

The Bride Wore Red -- Publicity with Robert Young and Franchot Tone.

Publicity by Hurrell (including press caption).

 

 

 

 


 

2/02/18

 

ART:  Graphic art by Moreno Valverde, circa 1930.

 

MAGAZINES:  Added new covers for the following:

Evdomas (Greece) -- April 1935.

Film (Poland) -- 1933.

Hebdo (France) -- November 1935.

Movie Pictorial (Japan) -- March 1933.

Novella (Italy) -- February 1933.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1/31/18

 

PHOTOS:

1928:  Publicity with a row of fellow flappers.

1929:  Our Modern Maidens -- Film stills: One, two (with Doug Fairbanks, Jr.), and three (with Albert Gran); plus a publicity shot with Doug.

1930:  A film still from Paid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1/29/18

 

FILMS:  

A US publicity paper for The Unknown.

A lobby card and original book cover/title page for The Duke Steps Out.

 

MAGAZINES:  A 1928 cover of Brazil's Cinearte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1/27/18

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: A -- Added a photo and additional info to the American Cancer Society entry.

ENCYCLOPEDIA: K -- Added a new entry and photo for David Koontz, Christina's 2nd husband ('76-'82) and Executive Producer of Mommie Dearest.

ENCYCLOPEDIA: M -- Added a new link from the Memorial Services entry: photos of the invitation and program from Joan's funeral service at NYC's All Soul's Unitarian Church on May 17, 1977.

 

PHOTOS:

1968:  Hosting the Millinery Institute fashion show in NYC (includes press caption).

1971:  In Los Angeles signing My Way of Life.

1974:  Joan's last public appearance, at the Rainbow Room with Rosalind Russell (bigger, better replacement with new press caption).

 

 

 

 


 

1/25/18

 

FILMS:  Thanks to BOE reader Chris for his review of Strait-Jacket! (If you have your own review of any Joan film, please send it in.)

 

PHOTOS:

1961:  Publicity for the Miss America pageant (bigger, better replacement), and a new candid with press mark-up.

1963:  On the set of The Caretakers with jujitsu instructor Bruce Tegnor and Constance Ford.

1964:  Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte -- A hair test in July, and a scene with Agnes Moorehead.

1967:  At her 5th Avenue apartment with Alixandre fur (replacement photo with new press caption).

 

 

 

 

 


 

1/23/18

 

PHOTOS:

1959:  A wardrobe test for The Best of Everything.

1961:  Candid with artist Piero Aversa and art dealer Wally Findlay.

1962:  

Candid at NYC's Surrogate's Court. And a bigger, better replacement for a candid at home.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? -- Film stills: One new; and bigger, better replacements one and two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1/21/18

 

FILMS:  Added a title screen shot to the top of the Story of Esther Costello film page.

 

1957 PHOTOS:

Publicity for Esther Costello.

Candids in South Africa on a Pepsi trip: one, two (with Al Steele), three, and four.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1/19/18

 

FILMS:  A Sudden Fear costume sketch by Sheila O'Brien, and German program covers (front and back) for Johnny Guitar (Wenn Frauen Hassen).

 

PHOTOS:

1952:  At Romanoff's with Mona Freeman and Mel Dinelli.

1953:  Relaxing on the set of Torch Song with Cliquot (includes press caption).

1954:  On the set of Johnny Guitar with twins Cathy and Cindy.

1955:  

Queen Bee publicity by Bob Coburn.

Color "jeans" publicity for Columbia; playing tennis at home; and with husband Al Steele at an Actors Studio benefit.

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2017: 1945's Mildred Pierce on Criterion Blu-ray.

 

 

 

SPECIAL PHOTOS

 

March 2006: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

July 2006: Ann Blyth at the Castro

May 2007: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

March 2008: Ferncliff Mausoleum and Flower Photos

March / May 2009: Ferncliff Flower Photos

 

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