Natalie Wood: A Hollywood Enigma
Natalie Wood spent most of her life in front of the lens, starting her first film at the age of four. Her mother was obsessed with making Natalie a star and moved the entire family to Los Angeles to focus on the child’s career. This dedication paid off when Natalie …
Tippi Hedren – From Hitchcock’s Grasp to the Lion’s Den
Tippi Hedren is of Midwestern roots, and at the age of 20, she bought a train ticket to New York and began a professional modeling career. Tippi was a rising star in print and television advertisements, and one day, a Hollywood agent requested that she fly to L.A. and film …
Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Inventor and Runaway Bride
Hedy Lamarr, originally from Austria, became an international actress and invented frequency-hopping, which became the forerunner to modern Bluetooth technology.
Rita Hayworth – A Tragic Princess
Rita Hayworth is a Brooklyn native who was born of Spanish descent in 1918. She came from a family of professional dancers and actors, and she was encouraged to pursue these talents at a young age. Her father preferred her to be a dancer, and her mother wanted her to …
Brigitte Bardot – From Sex Kitten to Saving Kittens
She spent half her life performing and modeling while the other half she dedicates to protecting animals. Even now at eighty, she continues to be a fierce advocate and seems to have no plans of slowing down.
Ann-Margret – Still Cracking That Whip!!!!
Ann-Margret was originally from Sweden and moved to the United States in 1946, settling in the nearby Chicago suburb of Wilmette. Even at a young age Ann was interested in the performing arts and began attending the Marjorie Young School of Dance. Later after attending Northwestern, she began performing in …
Suzanne Pleshette – A Woman of Incredible Talent and Personality
Her style was often referred to as sultry and sardonic and her success on Broadway brought her to a mirage of small television and movie parts, all ultimately leading to her role in Hitchcock’s’ infamous film, Birds.
Joan Rivers: What Becomes a True Legend Most?
This week we lost a true legend, a queen, and a pioneer of women in comedy: Joan Rivers.
Cary NoKey Brings Glitter and Glam to Chicago
The music collective Cary NoKey recently gave a glam-packed performance at the 35th annual NorthHalsted Market Days. Lead singer Grammy Award-winning Rob Fusari, now known as 8bit, along with two high energy backup dancers, brought some much-needed excitement to the Boystown crowd. He dazzled everyone with a cover of the Connie …
Ava Gardner, From Farmer to Movie Star
Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 to a large family in the farmlands of North Carolina.