SOME MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES, GLORIA SWANSON (SUNSET BOULEVARD), ALLEN FUNT, VERA NEUMANN--click on the photos.
First up, from the 1950 Screenland movie magazine, a mini blurb about Sunset Boulevard starring Croton's own Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a very young and handsome William Holden and the great Eric von Stroheim as faithful servant Max. Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (including nominations in all four acting categories) and won three. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989...read more here.
Also from 1950 and Screenland Magazine, a Sunset Boulevard" p.r. blurb with Swanson and her daugher Michelle at Romanoff's.
For those who don't know, Romanoff's was a Beverly Hills restaurant popular with Hollywood stars in the 1940s and 1950s, now defunct. The restaurant, which used an elegant monogram consisting of a crown sitting over two capital letter 'R's back to back, "was masculine and clubby with comfortable booths, the dance floor well waxed, the cigarette girls lovely, and the waiters well-trained and Jeeves-like". Read more about the colorful character who owned Romanoff's here.
And for fun, from 1925, Swanson chauffeur--Victor Englander--fined in Croton!
The charge? Excessive speeding in Gloria's "luxurious automobile".
Next up just a little blurb from a sort of media directory known as The Radio Annual and Television Year Book 1961--for Croton's Allen A. Funt Productions, showing a Croton home base...
And finally, for fans of Croton's Vera Neumann, an outstanding Flickr photo album of her iconic scarves, tableware offerings and more. Over a thousand examples from her prolific career.
This is the holy grail of Vera Neumann designs, a true mid-century modern time capsule; see it all here.
TO SEE THE LAST EDITION OF... MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES...GLORIA SWANSON, RALPH WALDO TRINE, KATHLEEN BELLER AND HAROLD GRAY...CLICK HERE.