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<br />Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 6127. Sent by mail in the Netherlands in 1931. Photo: Mondial-Film A.G..
The profoundly sensitive acting of Austrian-British actress Elisabeth Bergner (1897 -1986) influenced the German cinema of the 1920’s and 1930’s. She specialized in a bisexual type that she portrayed in Der Geiger von Florenz and in other film and stage roles. Nazism forced her to go in exile, but she worked successfully in the West End and on Broadway.
Diana Rigg in The Avengers by Truus, Bob & Jan too! Via Flickr: French postcard by Universal Collections, 2004. Photo: Canal+ Image UK Ltd. Publicity still for the TV series The Avengers (1965-1968), which was called in France Chapeau melon & Bottes de cuir. Diana Rigg was Emma Peel.
The Avengers (1961-1969) is a delicious, quirky Spy-Fi television series set in cold war Britain. In one hour episodes, The Avengers focussed on the adventures of eccentric, suave British agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) working for the ‘Ministry’. His most popular investigative partner was Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel, who combined self-assuredness with superior fighting skills, intelligence, and a contemporary fashion sense.
Side Street Angel by Truus, Bob & Jan too! Via Flickr: American postcard by Natural Color Publishers, Miami Beach, Florida, no. NCP 3394 13269. Photo: H.W. Hannau. Caption: Sea Sprite… It’s Miss Bettie Page.
American model Bettie Page (1923 -2008) gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Pinups’, her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark bangs have influenced artists for generations. Page was 'Miss January 1955’, one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.
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