It has recently come to my attention that some creative types begrudge other creative types success. I know…hard to believe. I want you to listen to something Ms. Anita Loos said in her seventies:
“What I admire most in life is an expert; any expert. An expert is a complete human being, at the top of his form. I believe I have as great respect for a master piano tuner as I feel for a genius like Duke Ellington.” (Twice Over Lightly, published 1972)
When someone gives you a backhanded compliment, or a barely disguised stink eye, just remember they are a living cliché — a frustrated soul casting aspersions to mask their own inadequacy. We’re all at the same party darlings (hat tip to Heather), don’t engage, don’t feed the trolls, don’t give them any ammunition, have a good time, make sure others have a good time, and seek the company of complete human beings.
I’ll let this photo sequence speak for itself. Hold that! Of course I have commentary. I’m not saying Ms. Loren is inadequate in ANY way. As a matter of fact if it hadn’t been for the photographer’s shutter speed, that micro-expression of hers would never have been seen. Personally, I think she maintained excellent composure considering Ms. Mansfield was falling out of her dress. An evening at Romanoff’s, captured by the photographers of LIFE Magazine…1957.