Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cole Porter, Greta Garbo, and Privacy Invasion



In honor of Cole Porter, that great American treasure, and his birthday (June 9, 1891), here is a photo of Cole having a good time with Ann Miller, Kathryn Grayson and Jack Cummings. It's hard to find a photo of Cole Porter in which he's smiling. He spent so much of his life in extreme pain, after having his horse fall on him in 1937, and after having numerous operations, finally had his leg amputated. The photos of the composer of "Anything Goes," "Kiss Me Kate," "Nymph Errant," "Panama Hattie," and "Can Can," are usually somber and moody looking.

I was so surprised when I found a photograph of my bedroom online. Why won't people respect my privacy?
If you remember a few days ago I posted a pencil drawing by John S. Gibb ... well, I found another one that just knocks my socks off! I keep examining this drawing to be sure it's not a photograph! Amazing. And it's only 30" wide! To see more of his awesome work, click here.
My friend Peggy sent me this lovely image of the early 20th century actress, Blanche Walsh. Long before Michael Jackson and Coke made headlines, Ms. Walsh got lots of press when her hair caught fire during a performance. I don't know what role she's costumed for here ... but it does rather look as if she's playing Joan of Arc, doesn't it?

Well, in the words of the magnificent Greta Garbo, "Aye vant to be alown." Actually, I need to be alone and get some work done! I have several projects going, and I need to get them all completed and off the work spaces so I can get going on some new ideas!Enjoy your afternoon - hope you're not having the Noah-style storms we're having today! ... and go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥






23 comments:

Groovycrafter said...

Such great photo's!!!
I love Greta,she was my nana's favourite,my fav as to be Audrey Hepburn.
Alison.

Sassy M said...

I am so enjoying reading your blog!

KeKe said...

Hi Tristan!! I adore your blog! It's perfectly tres chic!!

mo.stoneskin said...

I thought that was my bedroom for a moment, but I can't be, I can't see any of my teddies.

a painter said...

I didn't know that Cole Porter had suffered that way. The photos are wonderful that you have posted.

What an interesting and informative post... I am in the land of the deluge, too...so this post really brightens up the day! That drawing is amazing.

Talking Horses Arts said...

Nice bedroom..lol..not so sure about the moose on the wall..
Really amazing pencil drawings..thanks for sharing!
Storms? you must be getting the ones we had Friday..lol.
Yes Cole porter is a hero!
Andrea.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I'm in the wetlands, too, today. Your post really brightened things up.

Couture Le Papier said...

I love Cole Porter..years,eons ago when I was a model my nickname was 'Betty Davis Eyes'! Wish I had my portfolio but an x boyfriend stole it..I was too young and dumb to do anything about it!@
I have projects too and do not know how to get started @#$&%*?!
I have the heat on ,nobody at the beach!

Jan said...

Well that explains Cole's sour look...thanks for the explaination. Sometimes they didn't smile because they had bad teeth. And your bedroom is lovely...

Pattee said...

*Big Sigh* I wish I could go and make something beautiful!

I love how you find these wonderful photographs....
Pattee

Shell said...

I saw the Cary Grant's Day and Night about Cole Porter which I enjoyed. It is said to be so far from Cole's real life. He did write timeless beautiful music.
The artist who work I brought on Saturday. She is from Connecticut, so you probably were both at the same art show.

Ingrid Mida said...

I noticed that you haven't been posting as often and hoped it was for a good reason! It is amazing how much time one can waste in front of the computer. I hear you. Enjoy your time alone and get some work done!!!

Judith. ..de Santa Fe said...

How rare to see Cole just downright
jolly!

That's so swell.

The Whispering Poppies said...

Fancy boudoir you have there!!!

Marilyn said...

Hi Tristan!
I absolutely Love Cole Porter!! And Ann Miller...... I only wish that I was half as graceful as she was.
Wonderful Post!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I will be spending this evening in one of the Cole Porter Family homes, listening to a piano concert......will post a photo of Westleigh on the blog tomorrow!
Is life GOOD or what??? :)

XXXOOO!!!!!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Wow, I didn't know Cole's horse fell on him. Go ahead, be alone, work.
Catherine

peggy gatto said...

Gosh the size of your bedroom is similar to mine, only my colors are blue and white and I don't have a moose on the wall, but a large collage of mine that I did using post -it notes!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Cole Porter, what a talent. I didn't know about the story about the horse. What a gorgeous bedroom, and you crack me up. By the way if you have a flickr account making large photos is easy with blogger. Just open a free account and upload your photos. Then click on the photo you uploaded and click on ALL SIZES. You can then copy the html for any size you like...thumbnail for a photo to head a paragraph, or large to have it huge on your post. Then you can go to flickr toys (addictive) and create mosaics with your photos or frames. With your talent for creating amazing posts...then we would surely never leave.

Have a great day.

Karen

Sue said...

Fascinating post Tristan! I love it when I find out information that is so new to me (i.e. Cole Porter).

John S. Gibb's work is amazing! Wow!

Hope you are resting comfortably in that gorgeous bedroom ....watch out for the moosehead! LOL

P.S. love, love the pics!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

How in thee sam hill did I miss this great post! What great images, especially of that magnificent bed. You really know how to pick em'!!Anita

g said...

Wow, that pencil art is just amazing.

I adore Greta in the last photo. too fab. That is Greta, isn't it?

Rupert Alistair said...

"You're the top, you're the tower of Pisa, you're the top, you're the Mona Lisa..." Porter is the bomb!! Great stuff...

Rupert