I think for a time, I felt really uncool because there were two popular mediums (Music and Film) which held absolutely no interest for me. That is, current music and film. I should explain that this was quite a few years ago, when I was quite a bit younger. Now, there are plenty of musicians and filmmakers that I really find interesting or inspiring, but back then, eh, not so much.
Instead I developed a great love for films from the 40’s and 50’s, and the music of that era as well. I’ve been somewhat obsessed with Gershwin for nearly my entire life, and I would listen to old recordings of Sinatra and Bing and swoon like a girl straight out of the 1940’s. I liked to unwind to Doris Day and sing along with Ella Fitzgerald.
Gene Kelly was and is my favorite movie star ever. I adored seeing Fred and Ginger films, tracked down copies of all the old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney “Barn Musicals” and tried to be as glamorous and graceful as Cyd Charisse. Of course this obsession sort of went hand in hand with the fact that I love dance and musical theater and have been training to be a dancer since pretty much as far back as I can remember. But even beyond the dance and musical scene, I loved the films of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges. James Stewart, Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper and Gene Arthur were all my idols. The Capra films I’d watch would always, and I mean always,
cheer me up if I was having a bad day. These were the films that had become my staples, the ones that I could watch endlessly without getting bored or losing interest.
I’m not sure why I kept my love of old films and music a secret from my peers when I was younger, but as anyone can tell you, it’s no secret now! In fact, it was one of the things the boy and I first found in common when we first met. It’s something that we have started incorporating into our home decor, but I know we want to do more.
We have these few black and white photos of old movie stars and a couple posters, but the boy wants to actually try to cover the wall with black and white photos of old stars (like they do in diners.) I was adverse to this idea for the longest time But I MAY
be starting to come around. (Shhhh, just don’t tell him that!)
Who is your favorite movie star of the past?