October 23rd, 2011

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My top four reference books

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This says a lot about me! The four books that I have beside my computer ALL THE TIME for reference are:

Sherlock Holmes Canon (56 short stories and 4 novellas)
William Shakespeare - Complete Works
Holy Bible - King James Version
Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus


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Glamour of the Gods, National Portrait Gallery

Photo credit: http://blog.seymourpowell.com/2011/09/sp-loves-london-4/

Cut and pasted from the NPG website:

Glamour of the Gods is a celebration of Hollywood portraiture from the industry's 'Golden Age', the period 1920 to 1960. From Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, it is these portraits that transformed actors and actresses into international style icons. In many cases these are the career-defining images of Hollywood's greatest names and help to illustrate their enduring appeal.

Featuring over 70 photographs, most of which are exquisite vintage prints displayed for the first time, the exhibition is drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation and demonstrate photography's decisive role in creating and marketing the stars central to the Hollywood mystique.

I FINALLY saw this today (on the day it closed). It was great. One of my favourite images was the one above. It features Clark Gable (one of my all time favourite leading Hollywood men) and Joan Crawford in the film "Dancing Lady". The photographer is George Hurrell.

Funnily enough, I am seeing "Dancing Lady" at the BFI next weekend.

My other favourite image from the exhibition is the one below of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Swing Time". I love Fred and Ginger films!

Photo credit: http://jesslovesillustration.blogspot.com/