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Beautiful Italian actress Valentina Cortese

Portrait of Beautiful Italian actress Valentina Cortese, 1957. Painting by Soviet artist Viktor Oreshnikov

Portrait of Beautiful Italian actress Valentina Cortese, 1957. Painting by Soviet artist Viktor Oreshnikov

Beautiful Italian actress Valentina Cortese
Born 1 January 1923 in Milan, Valentina Cortese is a famous Italian actress of cinema and theater, who successfully starred abroad, and in particular in Hollywood.
Cortese began her acting career in Italy, performed on stage in Milan’s Teatro Piccolo, and played in the productions of Giorgio Strehler.
She made her debut in cinema in 1941. Already in the second film she played the main role and then was in demand in the role of a virtuous, modest young woman, a faithful lover and virtuous wife. According to critics, due to dissatisfaction with the clichés, she worked in the theater, where she had a more diverse repertoire.
Her first film in Hollywood “The House on the Telegraph Hill” (1951) gave her and her husband world fame. She married Richard Basehart after the shooting in this film. Soon they had a son, Jackie Basehart (also an actor). Unfortunately, nine years later the marriage broke up.
She starred in films by well-known directors – Jules Dassin, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, François Truffaut, Orson Welles, and Franco Rossi. Also, Franco Zeffirelli, Joseph Losey, Maximilian Schell, Mario Monicelli, Stanley Cramer, Terry Gilliam and many others.
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Forever young British actress Belinda Lee 1935-1961

In 1961, beautiful 25 year-old actress died in a car accident. Forever young British actress Belinda Lee (15 June 1935 - 12 March 1961)

In 1961, beautiful 25 year-old actress died in a car accident. Forever young British actress Belinda Lee (15 June 1935 – 12 March 1961)

Forever young British actress Belinda Lee
She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. In 1954, she signed a contract with the film company Rank Studios. At the beginning of the acting career she performed several serious dramatic roles. Later, she basically switched to the role of spectacular, fluffy blondes. Noteworthy, one of such roles was in the 1956 comedy “Who did this?” in partnership with the British comedian Benny Hill.
Meanwhile, in 1954 she married photographer Cornel Lukas. After the divorce in 1959, she moved to Italy, where she continued to play temptresses in low-budget Italian films. Also, she occasionally performed more serious roles – including the dramas – “Knitters” by Francesco Rosi and “Long night of the forty-third year” by Florestano Vanchini.
Tragically died in a car accident in California near the city of San Bernardino on the way from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, where she starred in the next film. Buried in a non-catholic cemetery in Rome.

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Twentieth Century Fox greatest female star Alice Faye

Twentieth Century Fox greatest female star Alice Faye

Born Alice Jeanne Leppert, Twentieth Century Fox greatest female star Alice Faye (1912–1998)

Twentieth Century Fox greatest female star Alice Faye

The latter half of the 1930s and early 1940s star, Faye had a lovely singing voice, beautiful eyes, and a charming style. She appeared in a long series of light musicals distinguished mostly by her presence in them. Nonetheless, nearly all of her movies were big hits, and her following was extremely loyal. Faye perfected the role of the woman who, though jilted, perseveres to win back the foolish object of her affections in the end.
Among those foolish men were Tyrone Power, whom Faye discovered and with whom she starred in three films. But her most frequent costar was Don Ameche, with whom she shared top billing in six films.
Born Alice Jeane Leppert, Faye was the daughter of a New York City policeman. After quitting school at the age of 13 to pursue a show-business career, she got an early break that same year with the Ziegfeld Follies. However, when they discovered her true age, she was fired. Undaunted, she was dancing professionally in vaudeville by the time she was 15.
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1930s beauty icon Italian actress Assia Noris

1930s beauty icon Italian actress Assia Noris

Born Anastasia Noris Von Gerzfeld, 1930s beauty icon Italian actress Assia Noris (16 February 1912 – 27 January 1998)

1930s beauty icon Italian actress Assia Noris

Born 16 February 1912 in St. Petersburg, Anastasia Noris Von Gerzfeld grew up in the Russian-German family of wealthy parents. However, like many of the rich compatriots of that time, Asya’s parents had to leave Russia after the October Revolution. They settled in France, and Anastasia spent her childhood in Nice, where she graduated from school. Meanwhile, in 1929 Anastasia went to Italy, where she began to take lessons in acting. Soon she marries an Italian Gaetano Assia. Thus, Anastasia took her husband’s surname as a creative pseudonym, having started acting in films.
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Home interior – Japanese style Lighting

Lampshade with script. Japanese style Lighting

Lampshade with script. Japanese style Lighting

Japanese style Lighting

Soft, soothing, and beautiful, Japanese lighting techniques will heighten your appreciation of the world around you. First of all, in the traditional Japanese house with its low, overhanging eaves, the lower parts of a room receive the most light while the higher areas become progressively darker. This is because sunlight, blocked as it is by the eaves, enters the room after being reflected off the ground or off the veranda, and travels in an upward direction. Light becomes less bright the farther it goes, which in this case means the higher it goes. The Western window, on the other hand, admits sunlight directly—a curtain being used to block it out when necessary—and the rays of light travel in a downward direction.
In Japan, lighting devices for the home originally used to be placed on the floor because of the way light entered it, as described above. It is the same with garden illumination: instead of hanging lights from trees, the Japanese used stone lanterns placed on the ground. This kind of lighting is, moreover especially suited to the custom of sitting on the floor, discussed earlier. Since tables and other surfaces which require illumination were low, lamps situated on the floor were ideal.
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1930s Hollywood Diva Orchidaceous Adrienne Ames

1930s Hollywood Diva Orchidaceous Adrienne Ames

1930s Hollywood Diva Orchidaceous Adrienne Ames (August 3, 1907 – May 31, 1947)

1930s Hollywood Diva Orchidaceous Adrienne Ames

Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful actresses of the time, and besides, recognized as the most well-dressed actresses in the US, Adrienne Ames lived short life. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1907, Adrienne Ames was Hollywood star in the late 1920s – 1930s. For example, only in 1932 she appeared in four films, such as Guilty as Hell, The Death Kiss, Sinners in the Sun, and Merrily We Go to Hell. Unfortunately, her film career lasted only 10 years. 39-year-old Adrienne Ames died of cancer on May 31, 1947 in New York (USA). The actress was buried in “Oakwood Cemetery” next to her younger sister Gladys McClure, who, just like her, died in her youth 14 years before her.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1907, Adrienne Ames hit Hollywood in the late 1920s. Although her career only lasted about 10 years, she crammed a lot of living into it, with high-profile marriages (and divorces) and her reputation as a clothes horse and glamor queen par excellence far outshone her reputation as an actress.
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Russian princess Irina Golitsyna dictated Italian fashion

Russian princess Irina Golitsyna dictated Italian fashion

Fashion designer Irene Galitzine, or Russian princess Irina Golitsyna (1918-2006)

An interesting fact: in 1960s Russian princess Irina Golitsyna dictated Italian fashion
Born in 1918 in Tbilisi, Irina Golitsyna grew up in Italy, as when the girl was two years old, her family moved to live in Italy. Those revolutionary times, many noble families had to leave Russia. So, the family of Golitsyn settled in Rome. After school, Iren entered the Roman university and intended to become a diplomat. However, while studying, Irina Golitsyno began to feel a lively desire for painting, drawing and … fashion. Irene created the first dress when she was 18. According to her, she had nothing to wear to the ball and so she decided to sew the outfit herself.

Hearing rave reviews about the dress, inspired Irina began studying fashion and drawing.
“I enrolled in the painting and drawing courses and indulged in dreams over the pages of the Vogue magazine,” Golitsyna recalled.
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