Today I’m taking a short break as I’m discussing publishing a novel of mine with some charming people – I’ll fill you in if the chips fall my way – actually, I’ll fill you in either way.

Over the weekend we’ll see where you might have had a swell Valentine’s dinner in Hollywood in the 1940’s – and we’ll glance at the menu at a dinner honoring Albert Einstein in Los Angeles in 1932. And, if you were stuck working on Valentine’s at MGM the food from the commissary wasn’t half bad, as you’ll see.

And, we’ll do a little Valentine homage to love that lasts (in a very tough town for romance) featuring Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin, and Frances Dee and Joel McCrea.

ruth chatterton reading MGM

Pictured here is a forgotten Hollywood great, Ruth Chatterton; Broadway sensation, Movie Star, Aviatrix, and… Novelist!

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    • February 8, 2013

      Are you sitting down? I-me-the-chatterbox- am at a loss for words! When I assimilate the info I will tell you all about it. In the meantime I am sending you hugs and hope it’s above freezing in Chicago. xox, V

  1. February 8, 2013

    Good luck with your novel! Ruth has not been forgotten by those of us with good taste. 😉

    • February 8, 2013

      Have you ever seen “Dodsworth”? Hers might be the one of the best film performances of all time. Thanks for sending me good luck – it was just the ticket! Three cheers for you and all my best, V

      • February 8, 2013

        Oh, absolutely! When a person thinks of Ruth Chatterton, chances are the first film that comes to mind is “Dodsworth”. She is incredible, and it is one of the best book adaptations I have seen. I’m a Lewis fan, too, which probably helps. I am glad that things went well for you today. May you have continued success!

  2. February 8, 2013

    Oh …Oh…so that is what you were hinting at last night!! I am left hanging on tenterhooks as Charles Hamilton once proclaimed to Scarlett O’Hara.

    I have to revisit Dodsworth.

  3. February 9, 2013

    Hooray, Vickie! Yay! I’m so happy for you. 😀 (And I finally get to see what’s happened to Billie!)

    • February 9, 2013

      Ms. S.K. – it’s going to be an adventure in a publishing world that’s being turned on its head. And, I think you and I are part of what’s giving the establishment vertigo. Yeah! 🙂 Okay, here’s the part where you’re going to hit me on the head with a frying pan. You know as much as I do about what’s going to happen to Billie, I only got half way through that novel before I was told by the powers that be that I had to hop online. The first novel I wrote is the one that’s being published – but I promise Billie will reappear when the dust settles.
      Hugs, hugs, hugs and more hugs, V

      • February 9, 2013

        Arrrggh! It’s like being told I have to wait three years for The Empire Strikes Back. !!! (But hey, that was totally worth it.) hah!

  4. Christian
    September 24, 2013

    That photo is actually Joan Crawford… She did have a very Ruth Chatterton look in her early years!

    • September 25, 2013

      Thanks Christian – do you have any idea what movie it’s from?

      • Christian
        September 25, 2013

        I’m not sure.. I just recognized the eyes 🙂 The other clue was the MGM note on the bottom left

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