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calendar   Wednesday - October 17, 2012

actors and age and a goddess

I don’t usually post before and after of famous actors that relate to age.
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It can be interesting I know, but I prefer to keep my head buried in the sand and try to ignore age. The great enemy and especially of once beautiful women.  I have NO interest in seeing for example, what Monroe might have looked like at say 80.

I know they can often be weird, well some can, but I admire the craft.  In the past, I found and quite by accident, a photo of Angela Lansbury at 25.

What a shock that was as I recalled her firstly from the movie, The Manchurian Candidate. She played the evil mother if you recall.  Hollywood never really knew how to use her, she was the most extraordinarily beautiful woman the world has ever known. And one hell of a fine actress, who spent many yrs working on stage after her brief (too brief) Hollywood years.

And may I say again, an English Rose and only one. She didn’t gain wide acclaim til the TV series Murder She Wrote, which I never watched. I thought it was pretty awful. Well, IMHO it was.  You may not agree.

So anyway, seeing that early photo of her, and remembering what she looked like in the one early color movie in a very small part whose title I can’t even recall, made in the 40s I believe, well I was just blown away.  If you Google her, you will find some stunning pix, and I only just found more today than I did a yr or two ago. I wonder how many more there are of her I haven’t yet seen.

I did not mean for this to be an Angela Lansbury post, but I guess it’s turned out that way so far.

Actually, it was originally intended to be nothing more the a three photo example of one of the world’s greatest actresses, Dame Maggie Smith.  But I guess I got carried away.
She was never the beauty in her youth that Lansbury was.  But once again and without even looking for it, I ran across a photo of Smith in younger days.
I never knew her as anything else but middle aged or old.  She is 77 now, and is still working steadily. She brings a presence of strength to every role I’ve ever seen her in. Can’t explain it.  She can do things, and she does, with a mere look or a lift of the eyebrow. So anyway, I ran across a sexy (for the time period) photo of her and could hardly accept what I was looking at as the real Dame Maggie. Of course, she wasn’t a Dame way back then.
I’ve often wondered what it might be like if Dame Maggie were instead, the Queen.  Queen Maggie?  Why not?

Phtot on the right is Maggie Smith in character in Downton Abbey, and left off screen

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Here’s the photo I stumbled on without even looking. A much younger lady and the photo that started this project that got a tad outta hand.
Note the hose. Pre- panty hose era.

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And since I started by talking about the Goddess Angela, what the heck.  Here’s a couple more of her that prove a woman can still be damn sexy even with all her cloths on.

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