August 1, 1944: Anne Frank Writes Her Final Diary Entry
On this day in 1944, Jewish victim of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, wrote her final diary entry. In it, she wrote, “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if…there weren’t any other people living in the world.” Her diary, later published under the title, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, detailed the two years that she and her family spent in hiding.
Three days after this entry, Anne and her family were arrested by the Gestapo, the German police. She was eventually placed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was killed by typhus at age 15.
Photo: Anne’s diary on display at the Anne Frank Zentrum in Berlin, Germany. Wikimedia Commons
Happy 109th birthday Clara Bow! 29th July 1905.
“I loved her. She was so generous, no snootiness or anything. She was wonderful to me.”
- Jean Arthur
"I felt Clara was just marvelous, and I loved her. I feel very sorry for her, terribly sorry for her personally. She had such a sad life."
- Colleen Moore
"I was introduced to Clara Bow. I think we just said ‘hello.’ She was a bit nervous and was seemingly in haste. She was there to act and perform and she wanted to get started. I remember she was very nice and not an ‘It’ Girl at all. She was very quiet and not talkative. She wore a pleated skirt with a big belt around her waist and was very graceful. I could tell how talented she was because she could use her face so well. Whenever she spoke, her eyebrows would go up. She was very small with lovely hair over her forehead and great big eyes. She seemed insecure about the talkies and found the whole thing overwhelming. I remember hearing her say, ‘It’s all so new to me.’ She was all alone there. She’d go into make-up alone and do it herself and she’d come on the set alone. She didn’t depend on anybody. I didn’t think the studio was supporting her. She was such a big star and I think she could have had a longer career if they had been more helpful. I was impressed with what a nice girl she really was."
- Marian Marsh
"On Screen she was bigger than anybody. But off the screen she disappeared like an over-exposed negative."
- Louise Brooks
“Clara Bow is the quintessence of what the term ‘flapper’ signifies as a definite description: pretty, impudent, superbly assured, as worldly-wise, briefly-clad and ‘hard-berled’ as possible. There were hundreds of them, her prototypes. Now, completing the circle, there are thousands more, patterning themselves after her. It is rather futile to analyse flappers. They are just girls, all sorts of girls, their one common trait being that they are young things with a splendid talent for living.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
"When she is on the screen nothing else matters. When she is off, the same is true".
"Then we were doing the death scene—Josef von Sternberg was directing that. She was dying, and I was kneeling beside her, weeping. She was chewing gum. She had this great wad of gum in her face when they said, ‘All right, Clara, get the gum out. We’re going to shoot the scene.’ She took the gum out, put it back of her ear, and died. Well, that struck me as so funny, I howled, and they had to wait for me to stop laughing before I could cry again."
- Esther Ralston
"If ever a star was made by public demand, it was Clara Bow."
- Adela Rogers St. Johns
"When Bow was at her height in pictures we could make a story with her in it and gross a million and a half, where another actress would gross half a million in the same picture and with the same cast."
- David Selznick
"This girl was the real thing, someone to stir every pulse in the nation."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"There was no rivalry whatever between us. She had her part and I had mine. But I feel very sorry because one night, I think it was the night we finished the picture, I was giving a big party at my house and I had to rush home. Her dressing room was right next door to mine, and she must have known that I was giving a big party. All the Hollywood people, directors and everybody, were coming. She was standing in her doorway, and she said, ‘You’re having a party, aren’t you, Esther?’ I said, ‘Yes. Oh, would you like to come, Clara?’ ‘No, no’ she said, ‘I know you don’t want me.’ I’ve never forgotten that."
- Esther Ralston
"… Clara Bow lingers in the eye, long after the picture has gone."
- Variety, 1924
Happy Birthday William Powell! | July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984
I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman… He was and is a dear friend. - Myrna Loy
This day in 1940 sees the debut of superstar Bugs Bunny in the Merrie Melodie cartoon, “A Wild Hare”
"Coop was the handsomest man—certainly one of the two or three best actors-ever to honor the ranks of the motion picture business. He was a very special man, darling, a very talented man."
Hey there, friends, a quick question for you all because I need advice:
You want to go and see a Classic film in theatres, but literally nobody that you know personally is into Classic films. Furthermore, there’s a band playing before the film literally nobody that you know likes, and that it’s at a place that literally nobody you know would go out of their way to go to.
So, who do you ask to go with you?…
Churchill, Truman, and Stalin at Potsdam - Today in 1945.
Photo: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (left), President Harry S. Truman (center), and Soviet leader Josef Stalin (right) at Cecilienhof Palace during the Potsdam Conference in Germany. Mr. Churchill has just given a dinner for Mr. Truman and Mr. Stalin. July 23, 1945.
Home videos of Marlene vacationing in the South of France, 1930s
"Well, it’s not a color — it’s white, and everything I prize is just that. All my evening gowns are white; I have a white automobile, a white house furnished in white; a white dog and cat, and I never swim in anything but a white bathing suit." — Jean Harlow in 1934.
Willem van de Poll, Central Station, Amsterdam, 1932.
Oh, thank you kindly, Miss Caroline! Receiving this from your dear self is in more ways than one most gratifying :)
Thank you again :)
Woo! Thanks, Miss Audrey!
Let’s see now:
Jimi Hendrix: Name 8 things that make you happy.
The Ramones: Do you have any pets?
Simon and Garfunkel: What song(s) help you get through the day?
Well, I don’t find that every day is such a struggle, so any great tune would add that little more brightness to the day. However, when times get a little tough, I that a song with a swingy/boppy/jivey dancing beat, as in not a slow dance, livens me up a bit because I am helpless and ALWAYS fall at the mercy of a dancing tune! Things like:
My list of those are endless, but there’s an idea. When upset, I also like to listen to songs that remind of treasured memories. For instance:
Not that the significance of those songs are clear to you or anyone that reads this, but they fall under the original question, haha. Furthermore, when things are kind of really bad, say I am really upset and just am not looking forward to the minutes of the day that I yet have to endure, I find that songs which carry meaning towards such situations help me out. I just tend to listen to lyrics over music when upset, not sure why. Songs like:
I have so much more to write, but I feel this is already getting too long, haha.
The Mamas and The Papas: Define yourself in 5 words.
Thanks again, Miss Audrey! :)