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Acting Lesson from an all time Great

Acting Lesson from an all time Great
Today (20th January) marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Barbara Stanwyck. And I wanted to commemorate the occasion by sharing one of my all time favourite clips of her work - a tough call but it is a seriously beautiful, truthful and layered scene. Watch out for the eyes and for how she doesn't try to control her voice near the end, but lets the gulping moment happen then reigns herself in. Utter mastery 😍 Shot in one take, it left the entire crew applauding at the end. If you don't know her work, I practically guarantee you have actually seen her in something. She was an oscar nominated actress working from 1929 to 1986 in movies, radio and television. You're probably likely to have seen her luminously dark Phyllis in quintessential film noir 'Double Indemnity'; or perhaps the film that is said to have been so risqué it lead to introduction of movie censorship in the Hayes Code 'Baby Face'; maybe it's the heart wrenching 'Stella Dallas'; or sparring with Henry Fonda in the sassy RomCom 'The Lady Eve'; or as the pioneering matriarch in the classic TV western series 'The Big Valley' (and yes she did ...
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The Bombshell who fought Bombs with her mind

The Bombshell who fought Bombs with her mind
Hedy Lamarr was an incredible woman. In fact she's the reason I'm able to post this blog to my website and you're able to read it. Yes, she was an inventor and responsible for wifi. She invented the concept of packet switching during the Second World War, although I believe it had a different name then. Born in Austria, Hedy fled the Nazi occupied country in the middle of the night (or so goes the story) and wound up under contract in Hollywood. Her beauty combined with the riské content of one of her early Austrian films, Ecstasy, meant she was typecast and not given much of a chance to develop as an actress. But that didn't stop her developing her mind: she had a small silence lab on set and worked at inventions while shooting. All her life, in fact coming up with many inventions including one to help the US war effort. Unfortunately, her Austrian roots led to her being regared with suspicion by the America government and neither she, nor her collaborator, ever earnt a thing for their invention and she wasn't even recognised for it until about 50 years later! Among many other things inventor's mind ...
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