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Vivien Leigh

I am interrupting the flow of my posts again. As I recently received a forwarded email from my uncle with a slideshow to honor the once most famous movie star, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), I’d like to dedicate this post to her as well.

Many people recognize and remember the stars from the 50s like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe. But they may have forgotten the British actress Vivien Leigh who topped the female stars in the 40s and was named #16 Actress on The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends. Her famous movies include Gong With The Wind (1939), Waterloo Bridge (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Anna Karenina (1947), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and many others. I should mention that Gong With The Wind and Waterloo Bridge remain to be my wife’s most favored movies, along with others such as Doctor Zhivago, Casablanca, The Sissi and The Phantom of the Opera. Vivien was also considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her day. One described her as “a stunner whose ravishing beauty often tended to obscure her staggering achievements as an actress. Great beauties are infrequently great actresses – simply because they don’t need to be. Vivien was different; ambitious, persevering, serious, often inspired.” (wiki)

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Portrait

 

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Zhang Jia Jie

I’m gonna leave the rest of Austria pictures for future posts and jump into the ones taken during the trip to China earlier this month, as some of our friends are eager to see them.

Zhang Jia Jie National Park in Hunan province has been a known tourist area for many years. The Avatar 3D movie released two years ago made it even more famous and popular. Since my wife and I haven’t really been to many places in China despite the fact that we were born in that country, we decided to take a side trip and go see it ourselves.

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Travel

 

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