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Movie Stars of the 1940s
April 18, 2011
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Scarlett
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Who are your favorite movie stars of the 1940s?

My favorites are Joan Crawford (loved her in Mildred Pierce), Judy Garland, and Vivien Leigh. My most favorite of all though is Veronica Lake. She was absolutely gorgeous!

April 18, 2011
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I love Vivien Leigh! I also adore Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Rita Hayworth. They were all just so glamourous back then, weren't they?

April 21, 2011
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I always considered Grace Kelly to be more of a star from the 50's but yes, she's also great. Ginger Rogers too! She's gorgeous and her dancing is brilliant.

April 22, 2011
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I loved the Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire films but you can't beat great films like Casablanca or stars like Bogart and Bacall, and what about the great horror actors like Lon Chaney and Boris Carloff? There are just too many to mention!

April 25, 2011
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My absolute favorite is Lana Turner, she was a total bombshell. She was in a lot of movies, even into the 1990's. It's hard to believe how long of a career she actually had.

April 25, 2011
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Rosie77 said:

My absolute favorite is Lana Turner, she was a total bombshell. She was in a lot of movies, even into the 1990's. It's hard to believe how long of a career she actually had.


 

Wow, that really IS a long career! It's astonishing how long some actors keep on working, even beyond when people normally retire. It's nice to see them doing what they love, though. :D

April 26, 2011
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THat is a long movie career.  Good for her.  She has proved that she was a successful person of the 40s and even into the 90s.

May 5, 2011
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Greta Garbo's career was coming to an end in the 1940s but I think she still counts. She was gorgeous. She is one of my favorite silent film actresses too.

May 10, 2011
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Gene Tierney was absolutely exquisite, and one of my favorites.  I also admire Ingrid Bergman very much--she was such a natural beauty and a top-quality actress.  Lauren Bacall was stunning in a sultry way, but I also loved her biting humor in How To Marry A Millionaire.  Katharine Hepburn…I loved her spunk and keen wit.  Veronica Lake was mesmerizing, and Rita Hayworth was a screen siren.  There are too many favorites to choose from!

What about leading men? 

I simply ADORE Jimmy Stewart, for all of the obvious reasons and for some of the not-so-obvious ones.  He was such a good, good man.  Noble.  Intelligent.  Patriotic.  Wholesome.  Gregory Peck is another favorite.  Hmmmm…let's see…Humphrey Bogart, to complete my admiration of Lauren Bacall.  ("You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow." ~from To Have and Have Not)  Joseph Cotton. 

How about you?  Any favorites?

May 10, 2011
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Eeek, I agree with you completly, JazzyDame! I especially loved Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch, although the movie itself isn't very good. And basically everyone in How to Marry a Millionaire was funny and adorable.

May 18, 2011
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I love staring at the lovely faces of Vivien Leigh and Ingrid Bergman even only on my tv screen. I think actresses in the past had that regal and sophisticated bearing that most celebrities now are lacking.  I also love Judy Garland for her skills in both acting and singing.

May 19, 2011
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You're right about that, Adelaide. So many of these actresses are sophisticated and have an air of class about them that so many are lacking today. "Stars" like Lindsay Lohan just don't compare to the ladies of the 1940s even when they try to imitate them and call them their idols. Maybe the entertainment industry is just less innocent now, I don't know.

May 20, 2011
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Couldn't agree more, Scarlett…I think that a lot of the stars of yesterday were really worthy of the respect and admiration given to them by the public. They were able to keep their sense of privacy and mystery. Now, some celebrities are always in the news because of their scandalous behavior.

May 22, 2011
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You're right, there was a better sense of privacy then for celebrities and they didn't make the news as much. Maybe it's just that there were fewer news outlets available. Now, we get so much news that the celebrity news gets mixed in with all of it, as if it's just as important.

Either way, even when the stars from the 1940s got in trouble they still seemed classy. Maybe it's the way that time has passed that allows us to think so.

May 22, 2011
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I think everyone is leaving out Frank Morgan! Frank Morgan is a tremendous actor. His most famous movie is probably the Wizard of Oz!

May 28, 2011
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Cary Grant defines the term movie star for me. I understand why some mention Grace Kelly since… well since she is Grace Kelly :)

I second Hepburn and Veronica Lake. The latter mostly because she was stunningly beautiful :)

 

I have made some wallpapers of old black and white photos of movie stars found on the web. Not all are from the 40's. You can find them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2…..471699610/

May 29, 2011
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What do you guys think of Greg Peck? I think he was one of the best actors of the day! Especially his performance in To Kill a Mockingbird, though that was in the 60s. For a 40s movie, I'd say the Keys of the Kingdom was tremendous.

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