Born on this date, December 23: Bertram Grassby in 1880; John Cromwell in 1886; Eric Blore in 1887; Ann Pennington in 1893; Fredi Washington in 1903; Kane Richmond in 1906; James Roosevelt in 1907; and Barbara Ruick in 1930.
All links lead to each actor's IMDb page, set to open in a new tab.
Over the weekend I gave away 237 copies of the Kindle edition of Helen Twelvetrees, Perfect Ingenue. If you were one of those 237, I thank you very much for taking a look—hope you're enjoying it!
In retrospect, I'm not quite sure how bright I was in giving away the book like that, but I did it for a few reasons: 1) To thank you for putting up with my constant mentions of the Twelvetrees project this past year; 2) To create some word-of-mouth about the book; 3) To entice happy readers into buying the paperback edition of the book; 4) To tease out some early Amazon/Goodreads reviews for the book.
I really hope #1 happened, and I could see #2 happening on my social networks (thank you!). Time will tell on the final two points, but I'm hopeful.
I'm keeping my notes short today, but I did put together a few items to follow (subscribers, keep scrolling through your email to see them!).
Today's extra features are mostly birthday-based: for the first time in awhile I put together a collection of clippings, this time featuring Fredi Washington, the actress best known from Imitation of Life; there's an Ann Pennington fan photo; a photo of producer James Roosevelt on a movie set with Paulette Goddard; and a shot of Eric Blore with my favorite, Warren William, in a classic pose from one of the Lone Wolf movies. There's also a couple of smaller (trading card-sized) birthday shots included at the bottom of this post.
I also tease my next review, which I wasn't going to do, but then I found a neat ad for the movie in a newspaper dated Christmas Day, so I couldn't resist.
Today's mailing is capped by a Christmas-themed promotional photo of, who else, Helen Twelvetrees ... I'll be sending out a companion photo to this shot on Helen's birthday—if you don't know when that is, don't worry, you don't have long to wait.
Thanks for reading!