Thursday, November 19, 2009

January 12, 2010

In less than two months, on that date, Luise Rainer will be 100. I can handle the cake but could someone help with the cups, plates and napkins? Also, anyone know if this is on the Mayan calendar?

Seriously though, 100. Unlike Barbara Stanwyck, Katherine Hepburn (100 in 2007) and Bette Davis (100 in 2008) Luise will be around to celebrate it with us, God willing. Now Olivia DeHavilland and Joan Fontaine just have to make it to theirs, in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Kirk Douglas reaches his 100th in 2016 as well. Almost all of Classic Hollywood, and by the use of "classic" here I am referring to the first wave of sound productions in the thirties and forties before television took hold, is gone. There are only a few left. After they go, all of what is known to us as "Hollywood's Golden Age" will be academic.