The Lulu to Dietrich’s Lola – Ep.37 Play in new window | DownloadLouise Brooks, wild child of Old Hollywood, is most remembered for her escapades and her performance in the film Pandora’s Box. However, she was always more of a dancer than an actress and never set out to join the nascent film industry despite numerous offers. Like many of herContinue reading “The Lulu to Dietrich’s Lola – Ep.37”

Sapphic Center of Hollywood – Ep.36 Play in new window | DownloadKnown for her Garden of Alla and her production of an all-gay Salome, Alla Nazimova was once the greatest of the early Hollywood actresses. She was heralded as the first modern actress in America and as the new Eleonora Duse – that Italian actress who was the rival ofContinue reading “Sapphic Center of Hollywood – Ep.36”

Blue Angel – Ep.35 Play in new window | DownloadRenowned around the world primarily for her legs and good looks, Marlene Dietrich was the other main diva of Old Hollywood and “rival” of last episode’s Greta Garbo. She performed shocking characters on screen, got kicked out an orchestra for her legs, dressed in tuxedos, signed letters as “DaddyContinue reading “Blue Angel – Ep.35”

Swedish Sphinx – Ep.34 Play in new window | DownloadA darling of the screen, a famous recluse, the Swedish Sphinx: Greta Garbo. The enigmatic Swedish actress bewitched audiences with her mesmerizing beauty and unparalleled talent during Hollywood’s Golden Age. With a career spanning from the silent era to the advent of sound in film, Garbo left an indelibleContinue reading “Swedish Sphinx – Ep.34”

Gateway to Hollywood – Ep.33 Play in new window | DownloadMercedes de Acosta has been called many things: the inspiration behind Truman Capote’s game International Daisy Chain, “that furious lesbian”, and our gateway to Hollywood for the podcast. She was notorious for walking the streets of New York in pants, pointed shoes with buckles, a tricorn hat, and aContinue reading “Gateway to Hollywood – Ep.33”

Defying Odds – Ep. 32 Play in new window | DownloadMexican painter Frida Kahlo is famous for her self-portraits and the fact the world has decided to plaster her face everywhere. But where did her story begin? And why was this woman once accused of murdering her ex lover, Leo Trotsky? Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Frida: A BiographyContinue reading “Defying Odds – Ep. 32”

Black Venus – Ep.31 Play in new window | DownloadIcon of the Jazz Age, WWII resistance member, famous for a banana skirt among other things, today’s episode is Josephine Baker, the American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, and at one point, she was the richestContinue reading “Black Venus – Ep.31”

From Riots to State Funerals – Ep.30 Play in new window | DownloadKnown as a great French writer, Colette shattered societal norms and made her mark on literature and history. From being the first woman to receive a state funeral in the French Republic to causing a scandal with a lesbian kiss in a pantomime performance, Colette’s bold and unapologetic spiritContinue reading “From Riots to State Funerals – Ep.30”

Woolf of Writing Part 2 – Ep.28 Play in new window | DownloadPart 2 of Virginia Woolf sees the rise of the writer and the famous affair with fellow writer Vita Sackville-West. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West: Love Letters w/intro by Alison Bechdel