Happy New Year!

Hello dear followers, Old Hollywood Lovers and people who accidentally got to this page!

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We at Well Did You Evah would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2015. Here’s hoping you get good things coming your way, find love and inspiration when you most need it and make new promises while keeping the old.

Don’t lose your love for the old as the old is coming back to make us smile. Yes we’ve lost a few of our beloved stars but 2015 marks the beginning of some big 100th birthdays. 2015 also brings with it some great art exhibitions, West End shows, films and other pretty tempting things that we want to tell you about.

Go forth and make 2015 the best year you’ve ever had!

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Well Did You Evah’s Tribute to Lauren Bacall

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I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write one of these for at least another few years but alas Betty Bacall suddenly died of a massive stroke on Tuesday 12th August. We were trying to think of a fitting tribute to the talent, the beauty and the stylishness that was Lauren Bacall and all we could come up with to properly show our love for her was photos and videos.

tumblr_na9bfbgXGY1qabj53o1_1280Bacall was a true legend and not just because of her husband Humphrey Bogart. Her tilted head with smouldering eyes, her sexy husky voice and her beautiful make-up, dress sense and coiffed hair made her a star in her own rights and a role model for up and coming actresses.

Every film she starred in throughout her career shows her elegance and dedication to the role she played. We’ll show you a couple of our favourites.

Bacall’s first film was To Have And Have Not (1944) She was still known as Betty Bacall back then. It would also be her first role opposite Bogart and the film that would change her life. Here we have the famous whistle scene.

 

Here we have one of my favourite Lauren Bacall films; How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) Bacall stars with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable as three women on the lookout for rich husbands.

We do also love an animated film she voiced. She voiced the Witch of the Waste in the English Version of Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). If you have the time go watch all Bacall’s films. She has the power to change in all her performances and yet still leave you wanting more.

Now I leave you with a trip down memory lane. Enjoy the photos of Lauren Bacall, the actress, the style icon, the old Hollywood legend.

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RIP Lauren Bacall 16th September 1924- 12th August 2014

It’s with a very heavy heart and tears rolling down my face that I tell you that the legendary Old Hollywood Actress Lauren “Betty” Bacall has died aged 89.

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It was confirmed she suffered a stroke and has a result died from it. We will of course be writing some blogs later to celebrate this beautiful actress but as of now I think I need to get over the shock.

Betty, you were one of the last remaining greats and I think those of us in the Old Hollywood fandom believed you to be immortal. I was so looking forward to writing your 90th birthday post in just a few short weeks. Rest in Peace now with your dear Bogie, you’ll both be remembered forever.

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“If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow”… 

Happy Halloween!

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Me, Cat, Vanessa and James are all hoping you’re having a spookily fantastic Halloween! People of the UK I’m hoping you’ve had fun trick or treating… It’s now past 10pm so hopefully teens and grown-ups are ready to party! I’ve … Continue reading

Real life Pin-Up Girls: Grable, Page & Lombard

Once upon a time Hollywood starlets were famous for their stunning looks and the films they starred in. Scandal was that deeply hidden that it was almost unheard of, especially for the ladies. The Second World War came along and … Continue reading

Pin-Up Girls VS Land Girls

Let’s not imagine these two types of women in a wrestling ring. Although I will admit it would be a fairly interesting match; the seducing poses and bodies of the Pin-Up Girls against the hard working determined attitudes of the Land Girls who aren’t afraid to get dirty… I think we all know what side a large slice of the male population would take. But this isn’t a beauty pageant.

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Land Girls were one of the reasons society stayed afloat, with men going out to war in WWI and WWII, there was hardly anyone back home to look after the agriculture. The women looked after the farms, without this staples such as bread, milk and vegetables wouldn’t have been about. This was a huge chance for women to show what they could do, before their main jobs were to stay at home and look after the house, kids and husband. Ok, that attitude was still there in the 1950’s, but this could be said to have given women a bit more confidence, breaking out of the traditional feminine role. Women got to get dirty, roll up their sleeves and dress up in overalls, dungarees, wellies, ok most still wore the norm of skirts and dresses but there was some freedom, and go out to work. Not a sewing machine in sight (unless you made parachutes)! Women got to use machinery such as tractors and even learnt to fix them.

This wasn’t just a British thing. The USA has their own Land Girl society, slowly the western culture began to see the industrial use of women. This wasn’t like Victorian times where women were forced to work in factories just to survive. These modern day women VOLUNTEERED to be of use to their country

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The world was in a war, the men weren’t the only ones who were wanting to fight for their country. Women weren’t allowed to join the army in those days so, ways for women to fight from home were made available.

Land Girls were just one battle station a woman could take up. For the more qualified lady strategic stations were available through the Forces. Anyone who has seen a war time film, must have seen the women doing jobs like answering the phones and pushing boats across the big maps to show where our boats are.

Overall, the Land Girls had a hard task, hate to admit it but most women, especially in those days due to the rationed diet plus most being mothers who would have given up food to feed her family, aren’t as strong as men. They went out to do a mans job digging, farming and mechanical work and they succeeded.

HONESTLY, They did a bloody good job. Women today should look back and be proud and use them as inspiration for the strength we have.

Pin-Up Girls. Compared to the Land Girls this role would seem like luxury. However, taking into account Pin-Up Girls were popular in the war, there was hardly any luxury (except for the famous). These girls were supposed to smile, put on a show, make others happy or at least feel like there was hope. Most Drawn Pin up girls were seen having the desired, ‘Hour Glass,’ Figure. Today loads of women either aim to be stick thin, or have a curvy hour glass figure. Back then the only figure which was desired was the hour glass. World War one plunged Great Britain into a world of rationed food, people lost weight, and the risk of transport for bringing goods over seas didn’t just damage food supply. Cotton was imported so clothing had to be hand made, the term, “Make Do and Mend,” became popular- A.K.A if you had a hole in your sock you fixed it and kept wearing the sock, most people couldn’t afford to go out and buy new clothing, they made it.

In Pin Up Photo shoots, legs became popular. Betty_Grable_20th_Century_FoxActress Betty Grable was known for her legs, her legs were insured for 1 million dollars. If you have a look at some pin up pictures from that era the

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Pin-Up Girls did good from a point of view. Some men saw them as, “Good Luck,” Charms. The point of them were so men could visualise the woman- Pin-Up Girls became a sort of pornography… Just with out the boobs showing like most cases of picture porn these days.

They motivated men, men could think they were fighting for a woman like that- I feel I should be including that Disney Mulan song, “A Girl Worth Fighting for ,” In this post. The other point of view looks at the other females who had to look at these women.

It gave (in some cases) an unrealistic image of the female body. Ok, all females could be as pretty as a pin up, but realistically the figure and the clothes were not achievable in a war. Pin up’s made expectations for men higher, but that expectation for majority of females couldn’t reach that.

Overall, Pin-Up Girls had their part to play. They gave men overseas hope. Just as women back home gave others hope and cared for them. It’s almost as if Pin-Up Girls stepped in being the wives of the men overseas when women couldn’t be their for them as they couldn’t reach them and had other responsibilities to up hold.