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Cynthia Heimel: So Much More Than “Sex Tips”

Cynthia Heimel: So Much More Than “Sex Tips”

Like a lot of women who became women in the 1980s, Cynthia Heimel’s Sex Tips for Girls was my bible. It wasn’t my guide to having sex, but it lit the way for this female in figuring out how to be a savvy, sassy member of my sex. Cynthia Heimel died recently, at age 70, and a generation of ...
Leslie Combemale is One Animated Cinema Siren!

Leslie Combemale is One Animated Cinema Siren!

Imagine that you grew up loving movies and art—and the artists who made them; And as an adult you wanted to hang out with all the cool people who made moves and art and loved this stuff as much as you do. Oh, and you wanted to make money and be your own boss while doing it. Your days would be ...
Bring Back the Dame!

Bring Back the Dame!

Check it out! I couldn't have put it better than E.A. Hanks in her piece in Time Magazine -- Enough With the Kooky Ingenues -- Bring Back the Dame!
Guest Post: Ava Gardner and Me

Guest Post: Ava Gardner and Me

By Guest blogger Deborah Ingles Schwalbach Met Deb, 65-years-old and still getting all hot and bothered (but mostly hot) when she discovers a classic film she haven’t seen before. Like me, she grew up crazy about old movies; turns out we’d both sneak out of our bedrooms as children to go ...
I Was Totally Wrong About Teresa Wright!

I Was Totally Wrong About Teresa Wright!

I always thought Teresa Wright was talented and sweet, but kind of an ineffectual limp noodle. She plays the good girl well, and I guess that was my problem.  Sure, her screen characters had pluck, but pluck is an anemic version of the charming ballsy-ness of a Stanwyck or the fearless ...
Mary Astor and Her Dirty Diary

Mary Astor and Her Dirty Diary

I learned about blow jobs from Charlie Chaplin. (Yes, that Charlie Chaplin.) I was about 12 and with my babysitting earnings I bought the book Hollywood Babylon. As a passionate old movie fan, and an adolescent girl with a filthy mind and an even filthier curiosity, a book like Hollywood ...
Sippie Wallace: A Mighty Tight Woman

Sippie Wallace: A Mighty Tight Woman

According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, "there are no second acts in American lives."  Clearly, F. didn’t know f---, and he certainly didn’t know 1920s Blues singer and writer, “Sippie” Wallace. Like the more well-known Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace was one of the most popular ladies ...
Ann Sheridan: The “Oomph Girl”

Ann Sheridan: The “Oomph Girl”

Look, one doesn't get called the "Oomph Girl" for nothing. Ann Sheridan was fairly busting with oomph. Lots of classic Hollywood stars are cast as the tough but tender wise-cracking dame, but perhaps none embody the archetype as well as Ann Sheridan – the infamous “Oomph Girl”.  ...
Libeled Lady Be Good

Libeled Lady Be Good

Imagine a movie opening that starred Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks, all in their prime. Now imagine Tom Cruise and Sandra were dating and talking marriage. How huge would that movie be? That might give you some idea of big deal-ness of an all-star movie like ...
Women Over 40 Rock!

Women Over 40 Rock!

Whilst I have many annoying memories of Mr. Rooney, I have to say, a lot of Andy's reasons why he values women over 40 ring true: A woman over forty will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think. If a woman over forty ...
My Interview With Penny Marshall: In a League of Her Own

My Interview With Penny Marshall: In a League of Her Own

Though most famous (to me, anyway) as the Pepsi-and-milk-swigging half of Laverne & Shirley, Penny Marshall’s new memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, reveals her real life was as crazy as anything that went on in front of the cameras. The book reads like a Who’s Who of pop culture’s major ...

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