It’s true, I enjoy dancing a good bit.
But I was actually referencing Joan Crawford in “Our Dancing Daughters” (1928) who is pictured before being the personification of youth of the 1920s. “Dancing Daughters” was the first of a trio of movies that followed each other but were completely unrelated. It was followed by “Our Modern Maidens” (1929) and “Our Blushing Brides” (1930). All three starred 1920s stars Anita Page and Joan Crawford; and Dorothy Sebastian was in two of the three films.
It’s funny for people today to think of Joan Crawford as “the personification of youth” like she was known in the 1920s. Now, you say Joan Crawford and people think “Mommie Dearest” (if you actually believe that) and the film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” It’s funny to look at the transitions she went through from her career in silent films in the 1920s to silly horror movies in the 1960s.
Much like Crawford’s transition, we are making a transition from 2010 to 2011 this New Year’s Eve. I will also be making a huge transition: graduating from college in May and hopefully finding a job at a newspaper. Happy New Years everyone! Hopefully this year will be MUCH better than the last.
Classic film related new years resolutions:
1. Keep working hard to finish my actor lists
2. Make my huge, long “All Movies I’ve Ever Seen” list
3. Finish my fan mail before more people die
4. Blog more regularly
5. Keep plotting on how to meet Robert Osborne
*This month’s beauty tip will be a couple of days late. I haven’t had a chance to try it out due to holiday festivities.
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One of the things I don’t think Joan gets enough credit for is being a reinvention queen. She really could become whatever the era called for and it was smart of her to do that since she easily could have faded into obscurity when flappers became passe or people stopped caring about her 1930s working girl roles.
Hope you have a wonderful new year and congratulations on graduating from college!