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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Two beach poses...

Ann Blyth takes a couple of charming publicity photos at the beach.  From my book on her career, Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.:

Ann Blyth was a teenager from 1941 to 1948.  To spend most of one’s teen years during World War II was the defining experience of her generation.  To one blossoming in her career while at the same time coming of age, this era must have been an added adventure and source of excitement, and anxiety. She did not know the tragedy of war firsthand, but she knew tragedy... At the height of her achievements as a child actress, the world spiraled to its worst years of horror.  It was not the best of timing, perhaps, but the strange crisscrossed trajectory would lead her to fame as a movie star before she turned twenty years old in seven years’ time.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Ann, Robert Taylor, and Stewart Granger - All the Brothers Were Valiant

Here we have Ann Blyth and her co-stars Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger clowning on the set of All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953).  You can see the swashbuckling sea adventure with Ann playing a woman torn between two brothers - tomorrow, Thursday the 5th on Turner Classic Movies at 1:15 p.m. ET.

For more on the movie, have a look at this post here at my Another Old Movie Blog, and read more in my book, Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Ann Blyth- noir portrait

This stunning 1940s studio portrait photo of Ann Blyth serves to remind us that Universal once branded her a noir queen, and in her first such role, that of the sociopath Veda in Mildred Pierce (1945), she walked away with an Oscar nomination.  

Universal started her, however, in light teen musicals, and later shifted her to comedy.  MGM re-branded her in several lavish musicals, but she was to conclude her film career in drama.  One wonders if the studio system was not always appreciative of such versatility, but her fans certainly were and still are. 

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