nineteen eighty

i fell in love this weekend… with a tumblr. look, vintage tumblrs are a dime a dozen – and i don’t have the patience to follow any of the ones i’ve come across. until now. nineteen eighty is a perfectly curated vintage feast that strikes a nice balance between golden hollywood stars and french new wave it-girls.

vintage barbra

i’m going to come right out and say it, there was a time when i listened to barbra streisand’s rendition of memory so many times i think my ipod almost exploded. oh my goodness, i love her.

ava

ava gardner. beaut. besides being an oscar nominated actress, she was married to mickey rooney, artie shaw & frank sinatra (who she described as the love of her life) and was friends with howard hughes and ernest hemingway amongst others. little minx.

marilyn

i know i know i know, marilyn monroe? i mean – could i be any more obvious? (imagine that said in a chandler voice) … but it’s hard to fathom how many photos were taken of her, and how many new ones i seem to discover almost daily. ah well, i thought i may as well share. all images from laura loveday

meryl

i watched manhattan the other day and remembered just how beautiful meryl streep is.

it girl

i’m surprised hollywood hasn’t made a movie about clara bow yet, who had a classic rags to riches tale with a semi sad and tragic ending. i must admit i didn’t know much about her, apart from admiring pictures of that classic twenties flapper look and that she was a famous actress of the silent screen.

Legendary once, curiously unknown today, Clara Bow is both a heroine and a victim of silence. For the original “IT girl,” the first sex symbol and most popular female icon of the wildly modern, jazz, gin, sex and cinema-filled decade of the Twenties, there was also a hell of a lot of noise. That her name is not as familiar as Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Mae West or Marilyn Monroe, despite the fact that she was more famous than all of them, is testament to the power of public opinion to silence the very personality it helped to create.

– from this great article (read it)

mélanie laurent

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mélanie laurent is a parisian born french actress, i had to look her up after seeing inglorious basterds last night. as i suspected, chic all the way. besides christoph waltz, she stole the movie for me.

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another young actress who was also in the movie, but possibly overlooked by some, was léa seydoux (she played one of lapadite’s daughters) – also styling:

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jane birkin

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she’s one of those swinging sixties, between london & paris, don’t really know what she did / does (acting? singing? modelling?), gets naked a lot (but in that sixties way) vintage babes – with a handbag named after her. herewith follows some photos, just because she’s cool. some are slightly nsfw (as she enjoys the nude, respect).

romy schneider

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romy schneider was a german actress, born 23 september (my birthday!) 1938. died in paris at the age of 43. sort of daria werbowy-ish, but less alien.