Monday, August 31, 2009

Reading Was Always Fundamental Part Two

A gaggle of famous readers has arrived for Day Two of our round-up of bibliophiles from the world of the cinema and beyond...

George Bancroft, a star in the late silent era and a character stalwart in movies during the sound era, appears to be having the seedy-looking prison chaplain (Robert Elliott) read to him in this scene from Thunderbolt (1929-Josef von Sternberg). Iron bars do not a prison make when one has books to escape into...

Harpo Marx, enjoying a good read with his usual critical acuity. Marx, who was named Adolph at birth and changed his legal name to the less Germanic Arthur in 1911, was a great favorite of many writers who were his contemporaries. He was close friends with Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, George S. Kauffman and S. J. Perelman, among others.

That's a grownup Shirley Temple reading to her son, Charles Black, Jr. in 1957. Nearing the final chapters of her show biz career (but not her diplomatic service), it was during this same period when Temple encouraged reading each time her program "Shirley Temple's Storybook Theater" was broadcast between 1958-1961.

Brigitte Bardot, (oh, so demure in the wedding dress, puffing away) catches up on her reading between shots in one of the French star's fiftie's movies. Something tells me that Paris Match had an article about BB and her amours that week.

More Tomorrow...


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