It’s time for Rule 5, retro style!
Carol Lombard was one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses, gifted in performing both dramatic and comic roles. She died young (age 33) in an airplane crash in 1942, but left us with some classic films, including My Man Godfrey, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and To Be or Not to Be.
I first encountered Jennifer Jones when I was about 12 years old, catching her in the western, Duel in the Sun. It was love at first sight (for me, that is). The black hair, the beautiful smile, the…er…other features of feminine pulchritude, all combined to make her my ideal. She was quite versatile, playing St. Bernadette (in The Song of Bernardette, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress), the ghostly, ageless young woman in Portrait of Jennie, and the steamy seductress in Ruby Gentry. Jennifer turned 90 in March of this year.
Claire Trevor made more than 60 movies, specializing in film noir, and gave some terrific performances, most notably in Murder My Sweet and Key Largo; however, I’ll always love her best as the whore with a heart of gold in Stagecoach.
Update: Woops! Sorry, ladies, very thoughtless of me; I almost forgot. Here's one for you: the late, great, Gary Cooper.