Author: Vickie Lester

Susannah Corwin is a screenwriter and novelist (under the pen name of “Vickie Lester”). She started her career as a production assistant after studying Film at an east coast university. Her first duties behind the scenes in Hollywood included locating actors who had wandered away from set for romantic assignations. One particularly memorable roundup involved chivying said actors back into the makeup trailer where she picked up a sponge to help reapply their fake tans as they were required onset faster than all hands could paint them. Susannah Corwin’s screenplays have been optioned by David Matalon, Alan Blomquist, A. Kitman Ho, and Kevin Spacey. Her first novel, “It’s In His Kiss”, a modern Hollywood Noir, was published May 2014. She writes the blog “Beguiling Hollywood” (vickielester.com) peeking into the glittering past of Tinseltown with the witty eye of an educated observer. Susannah is now writing her second novel, “You Don’t Own Me” about a Hollywood babysitter who rises to studio boss.

July 26, 2012 /

Anita Loos, looking scholarly, famous for writing the bestselling, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, notoriously lied about her age, stating she started writing for motion pictures at the age of twelve in 1912… Pictured below: Charlie Chaplin, Anita Loos, Paulette Goddard, and John Emerson. Loos and Emerson were married for seventeen years…

July 22, 2012 /
July 20, 2012 /

City Hall as seen by Ansel Adams on an overcast day in 1940: . Here is City Hall in “Gangster Squad”. Production Designer Maher Ahmad,  Cinematographer Dion Beebe, and Costume Designer Mary Zophres: . Check in tomorrow for an intimate peek at one recording artist’s beginnings in the 1960s…

July 13, 2012 /

This is getting rather sad… Here is a young Richard Zanuck with his parents skiing in Sun Valley, 1950. Anyway you slice it, he had a fabulous run. RIP:

July 10, 2012 /

We thank you for your amazing screen presence and wish you the happiest of times on your retirement.    

July 8, 2012 /

With director Fred Zinnemann on the set of “From Here to Eternity”.

June 18, 2012 /

From 1925 to 1928 William Wyler cranked out twenty-nine westerns – most of them were two reelers (24 minutes) in the Universal Mustang series. In later years he had this to say: “I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of…

June 15, 2012 /
June 13, 2012 /

Trend setting: Delicious design:

June 11, 2012 /

I’ll just tell you what I know. And, my darling chickadees – it’s all hearsay as the divine Ms. Monroe had already departed the Hollywood scene well before I was born. Below is a photograph of Marilyn in a movie titled, “The Dangerous Years” in 1947. Here is a picture…