Myrna Loy, Judy Garland, Maureen O'Hara, and Katharine Hepburn (especially with Spencer Tracy) were my favorite classic movie stars growing up. I watched all of them, and more, on The Family Film Festival hosted by Tom Hatten on KTLA in Los Angeles. It was a staple of our Saturday afternoon TV. I watched the Topper movies (Myrna), all the "Road" movies with Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Bing Crosby, The Black Swan and Parent Trap (Maureen), The Little Rascals, Adam's Rib (Katharine) and dozens of musicals with Judy Garland. Classic movies served up with interesting commentary from Tom. We followed up the weekend movie fest with Star Trek reruns, but that's another post.
Fast forward to the 2010's and my gifted friend Kate Wagle Hitmar came up with these fabulous recognizable faces to display jewelry in a local art gallery Koolkat Designs, now The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh. Originally, she created them for an Academy Awards event in the story and they stayed. The photo above is from those days at Koolkat with a custom designs2c Swarovski beaded earring.
Recently, I'd been looking for some creative ways to display jewelry on Social Media, on my website and in my Etsy shop. Last month I messaged Katy about her iconic women in film. She had the original lineup and was agreeable to creating a few more. I wanted a range, acknowledging the diversity of who we are. She suggested one that I wasn't too crazy about. It might shock you, but I am not now, nor ever have been, a fan of Sophia Loren. I don't know why. Shrug. Yet, when Katy suggested Ertha Kitt, I was super excited. Batman was another Saturday rerun staple in our house and no one was a better Catwoman.
To make the displays I printed and mounted the pixelated picture on used cereal boxes. Then I cut around the head and shoulders. Putting on the jewelry for pictures felt a bit like paper dolls.
Keep an eye open for more icons of film. Katy is still working on one of my Latina sisters that had me very excited. Who are some of your favorites?