How to Get Away With Murder fans have really been shipping Aja Naomi King and Alfred Enoch.
We’re talking about a real-life romance.
And Ms. King is doing nothing to quell the hopeful whispers that really took off earlier this week when King posted a pic on Instagram of her and her parents visiting with Enoch in London.
I caught up with The Birth of Nation actress last night at The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Stylists dinner and asked if she wanted to clear up any of the dating speculations. After all, Enoch was photographed just last month apparently kissing a mystery woman believed to be his girlfriend during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
“I would like to clear up nothing,” King said with a big smile and a big laugh. “People could think what they want and I’m going to let them.”
She then laughed some more. “He’s a beautiful man and I think I’m quite a lovely young lady,” she said.
Too cute—but what a tease!
King captioned the photo of her parents and Enoch, “Had the best time in Paris and London. Another great adventure with the people I love most in the world!!!”
“My parents love Alfie,” King said. “They do. They do.”
Getting used to hearing him talk in Great Britain took some getting used to. “It’s so weird,” King said. “When he was here, he would only speak with an American dialect. It’s really startling. So when I called him for us to get together in London, I was like, ‘Where are you doing? Talk normal. Stop speaking in this weird accent.’”
Love life aside, King attended THR’s dinner with her stylist Tara Swennen. The actress looked perfectly chic in a butterfly print Roland Mouret dress and Jimmy Choo heels. She credited Swennen for “nudging” her out of her comfort zone when it comes to fashion.
“I’m such a sweet girlie girl and I like that she edges it up a little bit. She’ll so some really funky things with me,” she said. “Make it a little more va-va-voom. Make it a little sexier. It’s nice.”
Marilyn Monroe getting ready to attend the premiere of the play ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ (1955)
Between early 1955 to early 1956, Marilyn took a break on her career to focus on her acting - which was a surprise for both the public and Hollywood, since most of the stars felt fulfilled enough when they made box office successes. They soon realized that Marilyn was different and that her ambition in Hollywood was to become a serious and respected actress, rather than just a beautiful blonde. In 1955 while she was away from Hollywood, she watched many plays on Broadway, she was also studying at the renowned Actors Studio - also not a place were you would find ‘movie stars’ during that time. Marilyn’s effort to change her career and image was known by many around her, incluiding her professor at the Actors Studio, he stated that she was also thinking about being a stage actress in the future - even having a terrible stage fright and anxiety: She always wanted to be something more.
PS:. The pictures are from the premiere of the PLAY 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ in 1955, not the movie version starring Elizabeth Taylor in 1958
“interview” with Cait in Glasgow before Christmas <3 ;-)
“Balfe is a rare beauty. Graceful in both appearance and demeanor, holding the same self-possession as Grace Kelly and Vivien Leigh. As a former model for some of the most famous fashion houses in history, Balfe left her decade long career to refocus on becoming an actress. Entering her third season as time travelling heroine Claire Fraser, it’s evident her choice seems to have been wise, with an outpouring of accolades and support aplenty, as well as a resume associated with some of Hollywood’s best and brightest. She swears her career is not driven by a lust for fame and fortune. “I remember reading an article years ago, and the guy being interviewed was a Hollywood producer. He said ‘if you’re in this industry to make money, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re here for an extraordinary life, you’ve made the right decision.’ It’s always stuck with me – during my modelling years and obviously now when I’m acting. It’s not the fame or recognition, it’s having the opportunity working with incredible people and help create interesting material.” It is a refreshing thought to hear, I remark, and one that could be emblazoned on many a school or university wall.”“
Her relationship with Heughan has been lauded as one of the best in recent television, with their chemistry awarding them accolades from awards bodies and journalists. It’s clear they have a great affinity for one another in their interviews and off set. She brightens in her discussion of him, commenting on his hard work for Cancer charity Bloodwise, as well as his own work for his programme My Peak Challenge. “He works so hard constantly on Outlander and in raising awareness for his charities it’s amazing. I am so proud of him.” Her eyes twitch to her phone screen as though she expects his name to appear. “So proud. Everyday.” In almost perfect cinematic timing, her phone goes off, a birdlike noise cutting through the room. Picking up her phone, her demeanour brightens further. “Oh he’s tagged me in something apparently.” I inquire as to who ‘he’ is and she turns her phone to face me, revealing a picture of a grinning Heughan. “Bloody child.” She laughs with renewed vigour, reading the attached caption aloud. Heughan cheekily is pointing and grinning next to Balfe’s trailer door; the caption ‘Just wait until you’re back on set wifey…xx!’. “He’ll have planted something in there I can bet you. Halloween this year he filled my trailer with fake spiders and I jumped a mile! - You don’t mind if I reply, do you?” I shake my head, amused. I don’t particularly imagine she was asking my permission, more so notifying me of her intention. She quickly writes out a tweet; “Stay out of my trailer Heughan!… Never mind sleeping on the couch!… I’ll make you sleep in Jamie’s cave!” I laugh and she posts it.
Ironically her phone goes off causing us both to laugh. Apparently, she has to leave for a phone interview, putting a close to our time. Picking up her coat from the rack, she dresses and turns to face me, tapping away on her iPhone screen. In a small movement, she turns her phone and I’m given a glimpse of that life she keeps safe. A photograph of a familiar, wonderfully handsome pyjama clad Scotsman with his arm around Balfe and Eddie. “It’s been a pleasure, thank you.” She smiles with a delighted shyness and puts the phone into her pocket before I can utter another word.
Zubaida Tharwat (14 June 1940 – 13 December 2016)(Arabic: زبيدة ثروت Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [zebeːda sarwat]) was an Egyptian film, stage and television actress who was known for “the most beautiful eyes in classic Egyptian cinema”.
In the summer of 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor was attacked, LIFE magazine ran a black and white photograph of an up-and-coming movie actress named Rita Hayworth. In the photo, the redheaded beauty is kneeling on a bed made up with satin sheets. Her silky nightgown is white, with black lace trimming the low-cut top. She’s smiling slightly for photographer Bob Landry. The snapshot included in the lot would become one of the most popular pin-ups of World War II. Hayworth was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her biggest success on film was her lead role in Gilda and she made dozens of others in a career cut short by illness. It was during the filming of You’ll Never Get Rich that a press agent at Columbia Pictures, where Hayworth was under contract, lobbied LIFE to run the photographs. The nightgown was either made by the press agent’s mother or came from the Columbia Pictures prop department. The details surrounding the shoot are unclear. One story has it that the photo was taken in Hayworth’s own bedroom, but another suggests that she knelt on a bed on the movie set. A flashbulb may or may not have failed - sculpting the shadow on Hayworth’s chest. One rumor has it that someone told Hayworth to take a deep breath before the shot, making the image even more provocative. Four months after the photograph was published, America went to war and soldiers took the silk and lace picture along to remind them of home. By the end of the war, more than 5 million copies of the photograph were sold.
Dakota Johnson is ready for her close-up. The Fifty Shades Darker star returns to the big screen this year and the role she made famous. But one question still remains: How does she get into character for a Vogue cover story? It turns out Johnson takes the method approach, embodying the role of model before posing for a big shoot. Getting into the mood with her best impression of Miranda Kerr and a few minutes FaceTiming with pal Karlie Kloss, Johnson pulls off an adorable tongue-in-cheek transformation. Tapping into her inner diva while doing her research, the 27-year-old actress requests “supermodel water” to keep herself hydrated and tests out a few unorthodox contouring tips from the pros on YouTube.
By poking fun at her celebrity—and the cult of online beauty videos—Johnson proves herself a game comedienne and one of Hollywood’s most charming stars. Not everyone could switch from talking riding crops with Christian Grey to sewing her own accessories, but she makes it seem plausible. Take a look at a not-so-typical day-in-the-life as Johnson finds her inner supermodel and has a great time behind the scenes.
11 March 1932 saw the birth of Binkie Stuart, the child film actress, in Kilmarnock.
During the 1930s Binkie enjoyed brief fame as a child actor and was considered Britain’s answer to Shirley Temple. She was born as Elizabeth Alison Fraser in Kilmarnock.In 1933, Stuart’s parents entered her in a “Most Beautiful Baby” contest and won. She then enrolled in dancing classes and began her film career in 1936 when director Monty Banks was looking for a child actress.
Despite Stuart’s very young age, her dancing abilities landed her the part and for the next four years, she became a celebrity and large amounts of merchandise bearing her likeness were sold. At only 7, her career came to an end. Plans to have Stuart visit the United States and seek acting roles in Hollywood were effectively ended by WWII. Afterwards, she did live shows with her parents, but at 15 refused to embark on a tour of continental Europe. Her irate father forced her to take a job as a receptionist in a dentist’s office and by 21 he and Stuart’s mother had divorced. Stuart never received a penny of the large sums of money made from her movies and her father refused all entreaties by her to give some of her earnings over. Stuart then continued to work as a dental receptionist for years, marrying a television engineer. Eventually she became a nurse until retiring in the 1990s.
15 Viola Davis Quotes That Remind Us She's Ultimate Truth-Teller
1. “You can’t be hesitant about who you are.”
What’s not yo love about Viola Davis? She’s talented, beautiful, history-making actress. She stars on one of the most thrilling dramas on TV, “How To Get Away With Murder.” Her red carpet game is on point. She’s making moves in front of the camera and behind the scenes. She’s outspoken, consistently sharing nuggets of wisdom and speaking truth to power when it comes to sexism, racism, and ageism within the industry.
In celebration of her 51st birthday on Aug. 11 below are some of the wisest, realest things Viola Davis has ever said:
1. On what Hollywood doesn’t get about black women: “The one thing I feel is lacking in Hollwyood today is an understanding of the beauty, the pwoer, the sexuality, the uniquesness, the humor of being a regular black woman.”
2. On criticism on her role as a maid un “The Help”: “The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity. Humanity is messy. People are messy… We, as African American artists, are more concerned with image and message and not execution. Which is why every time you see our images they’ve been watered down to a point where they are not realistic at all. It’s like all of our humanity has been washes out. We as artists cannot be politicians. We as artists can only be truth tellers.”
– "The Tavis Smiley Show"
3. On being a role model: “A 25-year-old white actress who is training at Yale and Juilliard or SUNY Purchase or NYU today can look at a dozen white actresses who are working over age 40 in terrific roles. You can’t say that for a lot of young black girls. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.”
New York Times
4. On dealing with haters: “I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.”
Oprah’s Oscar Special
5. On the key to true diversity in film: “You can’t shine if you have two lines in the background as a bus driver. You can only shine if you’re included in the narrative, and narratives start when you put pen to paper and you use your imagination. You just tell a story. That’s all you do. You tell a story. You don’t put any boundaries on it. It’s infinite and that’s the only way we can do what we do is that people use their imaginations so that we can be included in it.”
6. On honoring your individual womanhood: “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you. Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.”
7. On serving others: “They say to serve is to love. I think to serve is to heal, too”
Variety’s Power od Women Luncheon
8. On being yourself: “You can’t be hesitant about who you are.”
9. On #OscarSoWhite controversy:
“You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?”
Viola Davis on the Academy Award’s diversity issue
10. On the obstacles for women of color in Hollywood: “The only thing that separates women of color from else is opportunity.”
67th Emmy Awards speech
11. On learning to find pride in who you are “I believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly being who you are. And I’ve spent far too long apologizing for that-my age, my color, my lack of classical beauty-that now at the age of, well, at the age of 46, I’m very proud to be Viola, for whatever it’s worth.”
2012 Crystal Award speech
12. On embracing her natural hair: “I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”
13. On the importance of complex representation: “It’s time for people to see us-people of color-for what we really are: complicated.”
New York Times
14. On becoming a leading lady: “I will be bold enough to say, I have gotten so many wonderful film roles, but I’ve gotten even more film roles where I haven’t been the show. It’s like I’ve been invited to a really fabulous party, only to hold up the wall. I wanted to be the show. I wanted to have a character that kind of took me out of my comfort zone, and that character happened to be in a Shonda Rhime show. So I did the only smart thing any sensible actress would do: I took it." –
Television Critics Association Press Tour
15. On the power of black women: "As black women, we’re always given these seemingly devasting experiences-experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master cals the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point.”
At an unknown date (ca. late 1950s - mid 1960s) Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner were invited by Gene Kelly’s wife to her home for what was known as a ‘Tupperware’ party.
Gene Kelly and his first wife, actress Betsy Clair, were popular hosts, and one of the most unusual gatherings in their household took place one evening, shortly after their cook decided she could do with a new sets of pots and pans. She had spotted a pamphlet advertising new utensils for cooking without water.
Gene and Betsy were persuaded to call the sponsor and ask him around to demonstrate the pans. The man said he would be delighted to oblige, but insisted on there being at least a half dozen people present, as he was going to cook a large meal which had to be eaten.
Naturally, he was also hoping to off-load as many pots and pans as he could. So Betsy invited Hedy Lamarr, Nick Conte and his wife Ruth, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth and George Cukor. At eight o'clock their front doorbell rang.
“I opened the door,” Gene said, “and saw it was George Cukor and he’d brought with him Greta Garbo, who was a diet fanatic and was very taken with the whole idea of cooking with steam.
"When everyone arrived, we moved into the kitchen. Garbo sat on the sink. Hedy Lamarr crossed her legs on the sideboard. Ava Gardner propped herself against the refrigerator, and Rita Hayworth squatted in a corner on the floor.”
“Our young demonstrator didn’t have a clue who any of us were, and began by showing us how to cook carrots without water. An hour or so later he completed the meal - which was absolutely tasteless - and said whoever ate the most would get a prize. Nick Conte accepted the challenge and won. His prize was pancake cooked without butter. Garbo thought that hilarious and laughed and laughed, just as she did in 'Ninotchka’ when Melvyn Douglas fell off the chair.
After the demonstration was over, Greta disappeared into the lounge, and returned a half an hour later having bought a complete set of utensils for $87.
This most sophisticated Swedish woman - and probably the most famous film star in the world - was completely won over by the man and took everything he said dead seriously.
We just couldn’t believe it was the same woman who had played 'Camille’ or 'Marie Walewska’. She was so completely naive. In retrospect, it one of the evenings I remember most vividly in all my years in Hollywood: Garbo, Lamarr, Gardner, and Hayworth - four of the world’s most beautiful woman - draped round my kitchen like ordinary hausfraus.
Profile: Jared Leto The Independent Sunday - London January 14, 2001
American beauty; He’s prettier than most Hollywood actresses, and even girlfriend Cameron Diaz gets a run for her money. Yet rising star Jared Leto isn’t scared to reveal his uglier side - either on screen or off.
Jared Leto is at a nearby table refusing to be baited on the topic of his love life. The actor who took a pounding from Ed Norton in Fight Club and an axe in the head from Christian Bale in American Psycho isn’t about to buckle here. We are meeting to promote his latest movie, a breathtaking, brutal adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr’s novel Requiem for a Dream. I am speaking to his co-star Jennifer Connelly at the time, but all I can hear is Leto stubbornly telling a beleaguered journalist to back off. “Don’t even go there,” he drawls. “I’m not going to answer that.” The interest comes from the fact that Leto is dating Cameron Diaz, and has been since the Charlie’s Angels star’s three-year relationship with Matt Dillon collapsed in 1998.
In 1961 on the set of Cleopatra when Elizabeth Taylor met and began dating co-star Richard Burton, despite both being married to other people. They tied the knot on March 15, 1964 in a small ceremony in Montreal 9 days after her divorce was finalized. Elizabeth and Richard were initially married for 10 years during which time they were arguably Hollywood’s most high-profile couple. During their marriage, Richard presented his wife with some of her most famous and expensive jewelry – from the 70-carat flawless pear-shaped diamond ring that was subsequently renamed the Taylor-Burton Diamond, to the 33-carat Krupp jewel she wore in several of her movies. They divorced on June 26,1974 in
only to remarry in a secret ceremony in October 10, 1975 in
Botswana. Their second marriage ended on July 29, 1976.
One of the most fascinating and chilling unsolved murders of all time is the murder of the beautiful, raven-haired 22 year old Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as The Black Dahlia. Short’s brutal murder became the subject of much speculation and inspired books, films and a television show. and Born July 29th 1924 in Boston, Elizabeth Short had a tumultuous upbringing and moved around often, mostly between Florida and California. During the last six months of her life, Short resided in California. She was working as a waitress to support herself while dreaming of catching her big break into Hollywood’s acting scene.
On the morning of January 15, 1947, the naked body of Elizabeth Short was found in two severed pieces on a vacant lot on the west side of South Norton Avenue midway between Coliseum Street and West 39th Street in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. Local resident Betty Bersinger discovered the body at about 10:00 am, as she was walking with her three-year-old daughter. Bersinger at first thought the body was a discarded store mannequin. When she realized it was a corpse, she rushed to a nearby house and telephoned the police. Short’s mutilated body was completely severed at the waist and drained entirely of blood. The body had also been washed by the killer. Short’s face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth to her ears, creating an effect called the “Glasgow Smile”. She had several cuts on her thigh and breasts, where entire portions of flesh had been sliced away, and her genital area had also been cut and disfigured. The lower half of her body was positioned a foot away from the upper,
and her intestines had been tucked neatly beneath her buttocks. The corpse had been “posed,” with her hands over her head, her elbows bent at right angles, and her legs spread apart. Detectives found a cement sack nearby containing watery blood. There was a heel print on the ground amid the tyre tracks. An autopsy stated that Short was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall,
weighed 115 pounds (52 kg), and had light blue eyes, brown hair, and
badly decayed teeth. There were ligature marks on her ankles, wrists,
and neck. The skull was not fractured, but Short had bruises on the
front and right side of her scalp, with a small amount of bleeding in
the subarachnoid space on the right side, consistent with blows to the head. The cause of death was determined to be hemorrhaging from the
lacerations to her face and shock from blows on the head and face.
In the days following the murder, a man approached the LA times claiming to be the murderer and items belonging to Short began to appear in various places, including her birth certificate and her handbag. A media circus ensued and due to the notoriety of the case many people began to come forward claiming to be the killer. The case gained the name “Black Dahlia” as a play on the film The Blue Dahlia. The case has never been solved.