Classic Bombshells from the “Studio Era”

In a throwback to the classic movie era, we are reviewing the hottest actresses from the “studio era”. These are the women that define what beauty was and is in America. The features and expressions that still bring men to their knees today.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly most notably starred in “To Catch a Thief” and “The Bridges at Toko-Ri”. She later married Prince Rainerier the third making her the Princess of Monaco.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy was part of 30 films in her acting career. She starred opposite Clark Gable in both “Boom Town” and “Comrade X”. She later started her own studio while also starring in the films it produced. She also helped to invent what is now used in Bluetooth technology.

Marilyn Monroe

Originally a model, Marilyn quickly created a following in the film world with hit movies “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “The Prince and the Showgirl”. Famously playing comedic blonde bombshells she was married to baseball hall of famer Joe DiMaggio for a time.

Rita Hayworth

Rita starred in 61 films over 37 years. Known as “the love goddess” by papers of the time, she outshined every actress of the time. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War 2.

Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale found most of her fame in European films during the 1960s and 70s. She was an outspoken activist for women’s right. She published an autobiography in 1995.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s. She was known for playing sexually emancipated personae with hedonistic lifestyles. She starred in 47 movies and recorded 60 songs.

Elizabeth Taylor

Known for many thing things Elizabeth Taylor has name recognition to this day. Famous roles include, “Cleopatra”, “Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “There’s One Born Every Minute”. Taylor is credited for being the first person to be famous for being famous.

Raquel Welch

No one has done as much for the deer-skin bikini as Raquel Welch. She only had three lines in the movie that made it famous. Welch won a Golden Globe and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

Sophia Loren

Born Sofia Villani Scicolone, she pilled up awards and accolades during her acting career. Originally a beauty pageant contestant, Sofia successfully made the transition to international movie star.


History Facts - The Crusades

  1. The crusades are viewed in a negative light because of a terminological misunderstanding. When the first crusade started, it was referred to as "Iter," which means "journey" or "pilgrimage." Until the 12th and 13th centuries, there was no distinction between a crusade and a pilgrimage.
  2. The word crusade is derived from the Latin "cruciate" - to mark with a cross. In the earliest records, not all those who joined necessarily fought. Also, not all who participated in battles were assumed to take the cross. All told, the crusades were nine separate campaigns.
  3. The crusade to the Holy Land" was sanctioned by the Pope. Its main objective was to wipe out Muslim rule, and the battles were infamously brutal. For example, in a 15th-century crusade against the Bohemian Reformation, Czech philosopher, Jan Hus, was burned alive.
  4. Crusades were also sanctioned by the Pope for more subversive factors too. Aside from ending heresy and paganism, they paved the way to conquering new territories, thus boosting the economy of the church and furthering its political influence.
  5. People joined the crusades for various reasons. Some did it to secure their afterlife. They believed that the sacrifice would grant them a place in heaven. Others looked forward to seizing lands from conquered territory to enjoy in this lifetime.
  6. Pope Innocent III initiated the Albigensian Crusade, which eliminated Catharism in southern France. The battles place were astonishingly violent. At one point, a furious crusader could no longer identify the heretics from the Christians and commanded his men to kill them all. Let God sort them out!

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