Old Hollywood

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I’m Vernitra, and I am a writer, aspiring violist, and children’s librarian in Houston, Texas with a deep love for books, vintage tunes, Old Hollywood, and delicious food. I have always loved writing and making up stories, and I currently have a few writing projects on the boil. Here on my site, I share my adventures in reading, writing, movie-watching, and learning how to play the viola again (after not having played regularly for eighteen years since high school). I’ve been a foodie since 1982, so I definitely like to throw some food love into the mix as well. I enjoy things that are entertaining and inspiring. Hopefully, my site will offer some of those things to you. If you have similar tastes, stay tuned… (more…)

Bookshelf | Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk (2010) | An Old Hollywood tale with a dark twist

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This novel is dripping with Old Hollywood, and if you love that kind of stuff—as do I—you will enjoy this book. The story transported me back to that glamorous era where inimitable stars like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis reigned over Tinseltown and gossip mongers like Hedda Hopper and Lillian Hellman had the power to either enhance or tarnish a star’s reputation.

The star of the book is Hazie Coogan, who really isn’t a star at all but the trusty maid servant and companion to excessively glamorous and untouchable former film star Katherine Kenton. For decades, Hazie has spent her life not only catering to every need and want of her “Miss Kathie” but also protecting her and–most importantly–her glittering star from harm. Now, Hazie’s focus is protecting Miss Kathie from the loving arms and machinations of one Webster Carlton Westward III—a handsome, young, smooth-talking gentleman caller who is finding it quite easy to cozy up to the older and vulnerable Miss Kathie. (more…)

Movie Picks | All About Eve (1950) | Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Classic Movie Pick: All About Eve (1950)

While veteran theater star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is initially enchanted by young, wide-eyed Eve Harrington’s (Anne Baxter) idolization of her, Margo soon begins to doubt Eve’s motivations. With Bette Davis delivering delicious dialogue like “Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke,” this movie is a drama-filled treat!

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (based on the 1946 short story “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr)
Produced by Daryl F. Zanuck
Released by 20th Century Fox