Classic Movie Actresses Tourney 2013

Classic Movie Actresses Tourney 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

Blog is MOVING... to rozrussell.com

Hello everyone!

I won't be posting on blogger anymore, so please update your blogger feed or "reading list" to add the URL rozrussell.com and my new posts at the brand new website will show up there. Be sure to follow my blog when you get there and keep reading!

Thank you all very much. You're the best!! :D

P.S, There is a new poll on there so please vote!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Browsing through my old videos... ahem

I have been looking through my old videos today and sometimes I cringe at parts because I am always thinking about how much better something can be... but sometimes I think some of the older videos aren't so bad... I enjoy watching the videos I made of Roz because they are special because she is special in my heart!



This is an older one that I made, but I think the above one is better. What do you think?




P.S. It still warms my heart that one of the first videos that comes up when you search for Rosalind Russell is this picture montage I made of her marriage to Frederick Brisson (I still can't understand why it gets so many hits and comments, but I love it!)



Friday, March 29, 2013

Lovely photo!

I KNOW I've shared this before, but it is truly one of my favorites... It's just wonderful and peaceful!


New website...

Everything here will be moving shortly over to my new website, which I started yesterday... This is the site so far: Click here!

By the way, don't forget to vote in the final matches for the Classic Actress Tournament on Monty's blog! Just click on the 1930s era button in the sidebar and you're there :)


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Farewell to Classic Actress Tourney 2013

Dear readers,

I have had so much fun co-hosting this tournament this year. In fact, I think I had more fun this year than last year, my first time at bat. I think this is because I knew more about my duties and what I am supposed to do as a co-host, as well as the fact that I hosted the same 1940s decade as last year, which is also my favorite decade of film.

As you all know, this is a blog dedicated to Rosalind Russell, and while she did not even make it past Round 1 (tear!), I hope she will do better in the future. I have always considered Rosalind a severely underrated actress, even though she was nominated for an Oscar four times and nominated for a Golden Globe five times (and won every time!). However, the truly remarkable thing about Roz is her true personality and real self. From what I know of her, I think of her as a rather selfless person who would give so much of her time away from her "day job" as actress, wife, and mother to charities. The only Oscar she received was not for her acting work, but for her charity work. I just started writing this freely as words came to my mind, so now that this is in the front of my mind, I'd like to share with you Roz's acceptance speech of that lone Oscar, which was so special and sweet to her and to her fans, I am sure. This video always makes me tear up a little because she had been so ill at the time (from her cancer, perhaps, but mostly from her rheumatoid arthritis, for which she had to take cortisone shots that disfigured her figure and bloated her face). Take a look!

And once again, I would like to thank Monty of All Good Things for asking me to co-host the tournament this year and I hope to make a good impression next year as well. I hope everyone had a good time voting for their favorite actresses, even if some were surprised by the results. It was such good fun! Until next year!


Better luck next year, Roz! We love you!

Here is the video:




WINNER OF 1940s ERA!

We have a winner! And here she in all her crown and glory, beating Rita Hayworth 25-13 for a spot in the final four of the tournament which will take place on Monty's blog! I will give you more information about where to go and when as soon as I have more information.


BETTE DAVIS

By the way, these are the other three contenders in the final four:

1930s: CAROLE LOMBARD
1950s: DORIS DAY
1950s: DIANA RIGG

Monty will be hosting the last part of the Classic Actress Tournament on his blog here, so please vote there or by clicking on the 1930s era button if you'd like... Good luck to these actresses!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Adorable video from the 1969 Oscars!

So, a friend shared with me this adorable and funny video of Roz presenting the award for Best Sound at the 1969 Oscars. I don't know about you, but when I watch something new and exciting like this, I can just squeal for joy. Haha! I hope you like this one if you haven't seen it! <3

video

Monday, March 25, 2013

Another Smiling Photo!

These are my favorite kind of photos of Roz, the ones where she is smiling or happy... she has that aura about her, as if she wants you to smile along with her. She is so awesome :)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Roz Photo (It's About Time!)

Just had to post this one because it's oh so wonderful!


Final Two LAST ROUND - Classic Actress Tournament

These two actresses will duke it out now for that coveted 1940s champion spot!



For the last time, everyone... happy voting!
Don't worry, I will write a heartfelt Time-To-Kiss-The-Tournament-Goodbye message on Wednesday... (tear...)

P.S. You can vote in the other eras as well by clicking the buttons in the sidebar. The 1950s link has also been updated :)


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Final Two Revealed!

It's getting so close to the end and I've enjoyed every minute! Now we have our final two who will have their last showdown on my blog tomorrow :)

Here are the results:


BETTE DAVIS won against Judy Garland 42-39 in a victory that was very close in the last couple days... with definitely the most votes cast on my blog so far this year.


RITA HAYWORTH won against Gene Tierney 39-24. This match was not close at all and while Gene seemed to be winning at first, not long after, Rita pulled away in a splendid victory.

Have fun voting tomorrow! Until then :)


I also love this one, Alyssa

Watch "Everybody's somebody's fool - Connie Francis tribute (cover)" on YouTube

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Don't forget...

Please vote in the other eras too by clicking on the buttons at the top of the right sidebar!!!

Also, Kristen of Journeys in Classic Film (who is also hosting the 1950s era of this tournament) would love more votes in a tournament she's doing of her own called the Leading Lady Tournament. If you could go to her site and vote here: http://www.journeysinclassicfilm.com, she would appreciate it!

Thank you, everyone!! :)

Round 4 Matches to start 5 PM PST

Here are the semi-final matches that will appear tonight at 5 pm PST in the polls on my sidebar to the right:

Happy voting!

DRAMA QUEEN vs. ALL-AMERICAN GIRL


Bette Davis
Born 1908
Known for: All About Eve
VS
Judy Garland
Born 1922
Known for: The Wizard of Oz

SOPHISTICATE vs. FILM NOIR FEMME

Rita Hayworth
Born 1913
Known for: Gilda
VS
Gene Tierney
Born 1920
Known for: Laura

And here are the numbers for the other eras:

1930s era:
Greta Garbo 46 Lillian Gish 33
Barbara Stanwyck 72 Norma Shearer 9
Joan Blondell 54 Eleanor Powell 26
Carole Lombard 61 Myrna Loy 21

1950s era:
Audrey Hepburn 55 Deborah Kerr 21
Grace Kelly 49 Marilyn Monroe 27
Ava Gardner 67 Eleanor Parker 9
Doris Day 54 Jane Russell 22

1960s era:
Shirley Jones 34 Natalie Wood 26
Anne Bancroft 33 Paula Prentiss 22
Diana Rigg 48 Julie Andrews 21
Catherine Deneuve 34 Romy Schneider 30


ROUND 3 Winners!

Round 3 is now over and here are the results!! These ladies will be matched up at around 5 pm PST and the matches will go through Saturday evening.

DRAMA QUEENS

WINNER


BETTE DAVIS against Vivien Leigh, 32-18


ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS

WINNER


JUDY GARLAND against Teresa Wright, 27-23


SOPHISTICATES

WINNER


RITA HAYWORTH against Loretta Young, 29-20



FILM NOIR FEMMES

WINNER


GENE TIERNEY against Lauren Bacall, 39-11





Sunday, March 17, 2013

Round 3 Matches... it's getting closer to the end!

The tiebreaker poll is now closed and we have a winner! LAUREN BACALL has made it through to the next round with 14 votes to Ida Lupino's 9.

Here are the final category matches that will appear tonight in the polls on my sidebar to the right:

Happy voting!

DRAMA QUEENS


Bette Davis
Born 1908
Known for: All About Eve
VS
Vivien Leigh
Born 1913
Known for: Gone With the Wind

ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS

Judy Garland
Born 1922
Known for: The Wizard of Oz
VS
Teresa Wright
Born 1918
Known for: Shadow of a Doubt


SOPHISTICATES

Rita Hayworth
Born 1913
Known for: Gilda
VS
Loretta Young
Born 1913
Known for: The Bishop's Wife


FILM NOIR FEMMES

Gene Tierney
Born 1920
Known for: Laura
VS
Lauren Bacall
Born 1924
Known for: The Big Sleep


Saturday, March 16, 2013

TIEBREAKER Poll Question

With the help of my friend Monty, I have figured out a poll question to break the tie between LAUREN BACALL and IDA LUPINO...

The poll will appear on the sidebar ASAP and please vote so we can break the tie between them! Thank you! :) This poll will run through tomorrow evening.

FINAL RESULTS of Round 2 for SOPHISTICATES and FILM NOIR FEMMES... and a SURPRISE!






Here are the final results for Round 2 of SOPHISTICATES and FILM NOIR FEMMES!


SOPHISTICATES



RITA HAYWORTH beat Lucille Ball 35-21


LORETTA YOUNG beat Maureen O'Hara 33-30 (very close match!)


FILM NOIR FEMMES


GENE TIERNEY beat Claire Trevor 37-27


SURPRISE! We have a tie between LAUREN BACALL and IDA LUPINO! This is the first tie I have ever had since participating in this tournament, so I will think of a question to ask my readers concerning these two actresses, and put it in the siderbar ASAP. I will let you all know!





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Polls are now OPEN for SOPHISTICATES and FILM NOIR FEMMES - Round 2!

Here are the matches that will appear tonight in the polls on my sidebar to the right:

SOPHISTICATES


Rita Hayworth
Born 1913
Known for: Gilda
VS
Lucille Ball
Born 1911
Known for: The Big Street

Loretta Young
Born 1913
Known for: The Bishop's Wife
VS
Maureen O'Hara
Born 1920
Known for: Miracle on 34th Street





FILM NOIR FEMMES

Gene Tierney
Born 1920
Known for: Laura
VS
Claire Trevor
Born 1910
Known for: Murder, My Sweet

Lauren Bacall
Born 1924
Known for: The Big Sleep
VS
Ida Lupino
Born 1918
Known for: High Sierra


Final Results for Part 1 of Round 2!

Here are the final results for Round 2 of DRAMA QUEENS and ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS!

DRAMA QUEENS


BETTE DAVIS beat Olivia de Havilland 31-13


VIVIEN LEIGH beat Ingrid Bergman 30-18


ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS


JUDY GARLAND beat Ann Miller 25-22


TERESA WRIGHT beat Virginia Mayo 22-21

Have to admit, I was excited to see such close matches in the All-American Girls categories. Judy won by only 3 votes and Teresa by just 1!

Congratulations to these four ladies, who have just made it to the final 8 in the 1940s era!

P.S. In case you are interested, these are the results for the other decades of the tourney:

1930s
Barbara Stanwyck beat Claudette Colbert 47-25
Norma Shearer beat Marlene Dietrich 39-32
Greta Garbo beat Kay Francis 44-18
Lillian Gish upset Gloria Swanson 38-33

1950s
Kristen will be starting the second round (all 8 matches at once) today, since she is behind.

1960s
Natalie Wood beat Ann-Margret 31-17
Shirley Jones beat Liza Minneli 34-18
Catherine Deneuve beat Claudia Cardinale 27-20
Romy Schneider beat Liv Ullman 29-28







Sunday, March 10, 2013

DRAMA QUEENS and ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS Round 2 Polls Now Open

Here are the matches that will appear tonight in the polls on my sidebar to the right:

DRAMA QUEENS


Bette Davis
Born 1908
Known for: All About Eve
VS
Olivia de Havilland
Born 1916
Known for: The Adventures of Robin Hood

Vivien Leigh
Born 1913
Known for: Gone With the Wind
VS
Ingrid Bergman
Born 1915
Known for: Casablanca





ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS

Judy Garland
Born 1922
Known for: The Wizard of Oz
VS
Ann Miller
Born 1923
Known for: On the Town

Teresa Wright
Born 1918
Known for: Shadow of a Doubt
VS
Virginia Mayo
Born 1920
Known for: White Heat