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1. (in Portuguese folk culture) a deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that is absent:
    the theme of saudade in literature and music.

Portuguese saudade ultimately derives from Latin sōlitāt-, the stem of sōlitās “loneliness, solitude.” (Latin -l- between vowels is lost in Portuguese; Latin -t- between vowels becomes -d- in Portuguese and Spanish.) The original Old Portuguese form soidade was altered to saudade under the influence of the verb saudar “to salute, greet” (from Latin salūtāre “to keep safe, pay one’s respects”). Saudade entered English in the 20th century.

“… “The Girl From Ipanema” was a potent distillation of the concept of saudade, a feeling of melancholic nostalgia that characterizes so much Brazilian music. … Longing for the unattainable, and an acute sense of the moment’s slipping away: That’s saudade.”
- Stephen Holden, “Brazilian Yearning and Imminent Loss,” New York Times, March 21, 2014

Young William Holden shaving on the set of Golden Boy, his film debut, 1939.

The producers were initially unhappy with Holden’s performance, but his co-star Barbara Stanwyck persuaded them to give him a chance. Under her tutelage he gave a stellar performance. And the rest is Old Hollywood history….


The Brown Derby was a chain of restaurants in Los Angeles. The first and most famous of these was shaped like a man’s derby hat. The second Hollywood Brown Derby was opened on Valentine’s Day 1929 at 1628 North Vine Street.
Clark Gable is said to have proposed to Carole Lombard there.
The episode “LA At Last” of I Love Lucy show was filmed in it.
Like its Wilshire Boulevard counterpart, it was the home of hundreds of celebrity caricatures.

The Signs as Characters From The Catcher in the Rye
  • Aries: goddamn Maurice
  • Taurus: Mr. Antolini
  • Gemini: Stradlater
  • Cancer: D.B. Caulfield
  • Leo: Allie Caulfield
  • Virgo: Jane Gallagher
  • Libra: Holden Caulfield
  • Scorpio: Sally Hayes
  • Sagittarius: Old Spencer
  • Capricorn: Ackley
  • Aquarius: Sunny the prostitute
  • Pisces: Phoebe Caulfield

Lucille Ball meets William Holden in the “Hollywood at Last” episode of I Love Lucy.