Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mario Testino

Christina Kruse for American Vogue - ph: Mario Testino

Christina Kruse for Allure, ph: Mario Testino

Today is Mario Testino's birthday! He was born in Lima, Peru.The eldest of seven children born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Testino attended at the Universidad del Pacifico, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and the University of San Diego. In 1976, Testino moved permanently to London.

Mario Testino makes anyone he photographs look the best they ever will. That's part of his magic. The rest is in making the taking of the photo as much fun as possible.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Nona Hendryx

Happy Birthday Nona Hendryx!

Nona Hendryx (born October 9, 1944 in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress. Hendryx is known for her work as a solo artist as well as for being one-third of the trio Labelle, who had a hit with "Lady Marmalade." Her music has ranged from soul, funk, dance, and rhythm and blues to hard rock, art rock, and World Music.

Nona & Labelle perform " Creole Lady Marmalade"

Nona Hendryx performs "Why Should I Cry"

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rouben Mamoulian

Today is film director Rouben Mamoulian's birthday. Rouben Mamoulian was the director of Queen Christina.

Queen Christina is a 1933 American pre-code historical drama. The film was written by Viertel LeVino and Margaret "Peg" LeVino, with dialogue by S. N. Behrman, based on a story by Salka Vierted and Margaret P. Levino. It stars Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith and Lewis Stone.

The movie is very loosely based on the life of the 17th century Queen Christina of Sweden, who, in the film, falls in love during her reign but has to deal with the political realities of her society. It was billed as Greta Garbo's return to cinema after an eighteen-month hiatus.

In the film Garbo wears mens clothing and kisses another woman on the lips:

Mamoulian's directions to garbo make clear his perfect understanding of her mystique: "I want your face to be a blank sheet of paper. I want the writing to be done by every member of the audience. I'd like it if you could avoid blinking your eyes, so that you're nothing but a beautiful mask."

The symmetry of Garbo's face in incredible:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Jourdan Dunn on Kanye West Blog

Kanye West wrote a very thorough biographical timeline on Jourdan Dunn on his blog: Jourdan Dunn on Kanye West blog.