The 1930s were not only the start to the Great Depression but was also the era of the Silver Screen Siren…
Mae West – the comedian and actress
17th August 1893 – 22nd November 1980
West one of the first actresses to star and write in her own roles and it was acknowledged that she may have helped saved the debt ridden Paramount Pictures in the 1930’s.
Mae very publically hated many of her co-stars and only appeared an around
“It’s better to be looked over than overlooked.”
greta garbo – The Swedish Sphinx
18th September 1905 – 15th April 1990
Born in Sweden, Garbo never originally aspired to be an actress. It wasn’t until at her job at a department store she appeared in an advertising short.
Starred in 32 roles , one of the most popular being Anna Karenina in 1935, Garbo never returned to the silver screen after the war. Moved to New York City where she lived the rest of her life away from the cameras.
‘Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you’re just fair game.”
Jean Harlow – original platinum blonde
3rd March 1911 – 7th June 1937
Tragically died at the young age of only 26, Harlow was known as the original platinum blonde.
She was Marilyn Monroe’s idol and both had their last film appearances alongside popular actor Cary Grant.
“Men like me because I don’t wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don’t look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.”
Gypsy Rose Lee – Burlesque Queen
9th February 1911 – 26th April 1970
Gypsy Rose Lee was one of the first Burlesque stars to realise the importance of publicity and became one of the most successful burlesque performers during her time, and all with out baring all!
She penned the novel “The G-String Murders” which was later adapted into the film “The Lady of Burlesque” featuring Barbara Stanwyck.
A Broadway play of her life entitled Gypsy was an enormous success and was later made to film also.