Monday, 26 September 2016

London Calling

"Women should be women, who wants them to be asexual?"

"It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of over-smoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate."

"You have to set standards for yourself. I have a strong feeling about not letting myself go."

"I cannot wear the same thing too often."

Another day, another adored leading lady to celebrate - as today, none other than the utterly captivating Miss Julie London would have celebrated her 90th birthday...

To demonstrate quite why we all adore the lady so much, here she is in her natural element: lolling around, made up like "Endora" in Bewitched, among luxurious animal prints, singing a risqué number in her huskiest "seduction" voice... it's (probably) a theme tune for all of us, dear reader - Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast:

Julie London (born Julie Peck, Gayle Peck or Nancy Peck [sources differ]; 26th September 1926 – 18th October 2000)


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    1. Nothing like a big juicy pork sausage to get you up the morning, I say! With bacon and eggs, of course. :-)

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    1. The epitome of "late-night smoky cocktail lounge singers", I would say... Jx

  3. I dont rate her singing THAT much, apart from "Cry Me A River", but she looks great (love that second photo) and she had an unusual presence in the movies too, popping up in THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT, and westerns like MAN OF THE WEST with Coop, SADDLE THE WIND with Robert Taylor, and the hilariously awful NIGHT OF THE QUARTER MOON.

    1. I think the secret of her success was that everything she did seemed to be some form of seduction. She freely admitted she was never a great singer, nor actress, but what she had - and knew she had - was that mesmeric gift, "charisma"... Jx

  4. Suzy Parker was rather similar. A leading model of the 1950s she did a few movies too, particularly THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, that 1959 camp classic. Never a great actress but she was such a looker and had that "charisma".

    1. Yes! We knew Suzy. Like you knew Suzy. Oh, oh, oh, what a Gal! Jx

  5. There are photos of Suzy Parker I just adore but Her sister,
    Dorian Leigh is just a goddess


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