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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Barbara Stanwyck withstands a furious rally by Olivia de Havilland to become the Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney Champion of 2018



The 2018 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Champion is Barbara Stanwyck. After two previous final fours where she came up empty handed, the third time was the charm for Missy, as she withstood a furious rally by Olivia de Havilland to win 78-76. Babs joins Carole Lombard and Audrey Hepburn as actresses to win the championship on their third try. Babs also becomes the 4th actress from the 30's era to win the tourney as that era continues to dominate. She joins Carole Lombard, Ginger Rogers and Irene Dunne in that distinction. The 30's era has now won 4 of the 8 tourneys. Yep they have won half of the tourneys played. Impressive. With this win, Babs also notched her 25th tourney win, placing her the all-time actress with most wins, one win ahead of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. It may have been a tough loss for Olivia, but I wager she will be the favorite to win next year. Because she got stronger with each round and proved to be Babs toughest competitor. Her 76 votes would have been more than enough to win any other tourney match except  for this one. Hope everyone had a great time and please come back for next year's tourney.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

It's Stanwyck vs De Havilland for the Favorite Classic Movie Actress Crown of 2018

Here we go with the championship match between Barbara Stanwcyk and Olivia de Havilland. The winner will become the favorite classic movie actress of 2018. Poll closes on Tuesday evening at 6pm.


BARBARA STANWYCK
30'S ERA CHAMPION
Lifetime Tourney Record (24-7)
Number of title match appearances: this is Barbara's 2nd championship match
(lost to Bette Davis 49-47 in 2014 championship match,
lost to Audrey Hepburn 52-45 in 2017 semi-final match)
2018 matches:
defeated Jeanette MacDonald 63-27
defeated Norma Shearer 58-35
defeated Una Merkel 65-32
defeated Myrna Loy 55-47
defeated Marilyn Monroe 61-54
what's at stake: to continue the dominance of the 30's era actresses
who have won 3 of the 7 previous tourneys

VS
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND
40'S ERA CHAMPION
Lifetime Tourney Record (15-5)
Number of title match appearances: this is Olivia's first championship
2018 matches:
defeated Rosalind Russell 54-32
defeated Lauren Bacall 48-46
defeated Judy Garland 52-45
defeated Gene Tierney 53-49
defeated Elizabeth Taylor 60-55
what's at stake: would become the 3rd actress from the 40's era to win the 
championship, joining Bette Davis and Greer Garson




Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Final Four Matches are now underway

Whoo..here we go with the Final Four of the 2018 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney.
In the semi-final match 1, it's 30's era champion and three time final four finalist Barbara Stanwyck up against 50's era champion and first time final four finalist Marilyn Monroe. In the 2nd match, its 40's era champion and first time final four finalist Olivia de Havilland (and the only actress of the four still alive) vs 60's era champion and three time final four finalist Elizabeth Taylor. Matches will close on Saturday at 6pm.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Final Four Primer

Here are some facts and numbers are our final four finalists (Stanwyck, De Havilland, Monroe and Taylor) who are competing in the 2018 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney.




BARBARA STANWYCK
30'S ERA CHAMPION
Lifetime Tourney Record (23-7)
Number of Final Four appearances: this is her 3rd Final Four
(lost to Bette Davis 49-47 in 2014 championship match,
lost to Audrey Hepburn 52-45 in 2017 semi-final match)
2018 matches:
defeated Jeanette MacDonald 63-27
defeated Norma Shearer 58-35
defeated Una Merkel 65-32
defeated Myrna Loy 55-47
what's at stake: to continue the dominance of the 30's era actresses
who have won 3 of the 7 previous tourneys


 VS

MARILYN MONROE
50'S ERA CHAMPION
Lifetime Tourney Record (12-5)
Number of Final Four appearances: this is Marilyn's first Final Four
2018 matches:
defeated Dorothy Dandridge 42-40
defeated Debbie Reynolds 51-45
defeated Deborah Kerr 51-46
defeated Susan Hayward 56-44
what's at stake: could become only the 2nd actress to win in
their first final four appearance since Irene Dunne did in 2011

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OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND
40'S ERA CHAMPION
Lifetime Tourney Record (14-5)
Number of final four appearance: this is Olivia's first final four
2018 matches:
defeated Rosalind Russell 54-32
defeated Lauren Bacall 48-46
defeated Judy Garland 52-45
defeated Gene Tierney 53-49
what's at stake: would become the 3rd actress from the 40's era to win the 
championship, joining Bette Davis and Greer Garson
VS
ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
60'S ERA CHAMPION
Lifetime Tourney Record (17-5)
Number of Final Four appearances: this is Liz's 3rd Final Four
(lost to Bette Davis in 2014 semi-final match 46-25
lost to Audrey Hepburn 51-47 in 2017 championship match)
2018 matches:
defeated Diana Rigg 49-27
defeated Shirley Jones 56-35
defeated Julie Andrews 55-42
defeated Shirley MacLaine 57-45
what's at stake: would become only the 2nd actress from the 60's era to win, 
joining Natalie Wood



The Final Four begins Thursday, April 5th at 7pm

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Final Four in the 2018 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney is now set


It's official..we now have our final four for this year's Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tournament. And a foursome we got: Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.

In the 30's era bracket final, one of two top pre tourney seeds to make the final four, Stanwyck had her closest match of the tourney but outlasted Myrna Loy 55-47. Babs is the only actress to notch 50+ votes each round. This will mark her third trip to the final four, as she previously went back in 2014 (losing to Bette Davis in the championship match) and 2017 (losing to Audrey Hepburn in the semi-final match). Could the third time be the charm for Missy? Well it was for Carole Lombard and Natalie Wood, and the 30's era has dominated the tourney by winning 3 of the 7 tourneys, more than any other era. And Stanwyck joins Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor as the only back to back final four finalists.

In the 40's era bracket final, which had the closest match, Olivia de Havilland defeated a feisty Gene Tierney 53-49, marking Olivia's first final four appearance. She was one match away back in 2014 from making the final four until she lost to eventual champion Bette Davis by one single vote.

In the 50's era bracket final, Marilyn Monroe , who has one of the worst records in tourney history, and usually is gone by the second round, changed all that with a decisive victory over Susan Hayward 56-44. Monroe fans came out in full force to get their gal to her first ever Final Four.

And finally in the 60's era, the second of four top pre tourney seeds to make the final four, Elizabeth Taylor racked up a round leading 57 votes over Shirley MacLaine's 45 votes to reach the final four for the 3rd time in her career. She joins Barbara Stanwyck as a three time final four finalist, losing in 2014 to champion Bette Davis and in 2017 to champion Audrey Hepburn.

So the stage is now set as we started with 64 actresses down to 4. The two semi-final matches will begin on Thursday evening. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Day 2: WITH A SONG IN MY HEART

Welcome April! Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS!

This month, in salute to Spring returning to the land (OK, Fall for all y'all folks "down-under"), our theme will be:
WITH A SONG IN MY HEART
Featuring classic Hollywood Musicals, we begin with a timely favourite, "EASTER PARADE".

Trying our hands at something different, kids, this will be multiple choice!
Also, instead of pictures, you get to listen to the tunes! Let us know what you think in the comments!


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Round 4 (The Elite 8) matches now underway

Ok this round, The Elite 8 has the final era match-ups. Meaning whoever wins this round, punches their ticket to the Final Four. Whoo! Polls close Tuesday evening at 6pm.


30's ERA FINAL MATCH






40's ERA FINAL MATCH






50's ERA FINAL MATCH






60's ERA FINAL MATCH



H A P P Y . . E A S T E R, . . F I L M - F A N S !!
Paula Prentiss and her furry friend hope that you feel the special blessing of this occasion!
Happy April Fool's Day! Here are two darling birthday babies, who are also "April Fools", celebrating their birthdays on April 1st, Debbie Reynolds & Jane Powell.

Traditionally a day for Family and Feasting - and watching classic movies, today starts another month of fun with films.

Farewell March Madness! Hello April Fools!

Welcome APRIL!

The final day of MARCH MADNESS is now history! THANK YOU for visiting daily to see our stellar line-up of classic film Super-Stars!

Day #31 results: CAROLE LOMBARD's fan love-love-love Carole, whether sweet n' dear or tough n' sassy. TIE! DEAD HEAT!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Madness #31: CAROLE LOMBARD

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's the final day of MARCH MADNESS! THANK YOU for visiting daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - Here's hoping the personalities showcased here have been entertaining. It's been fun to highlight those renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #30 results: HENRY FONDA'S Voters were charmed that darling-lamb-of-a-man, "HOPSY" PIKE ("The Lady Eve") 31 votes of 16 for the low-down-dirty-dawy, FRANK ("Once Upon A Time in the West).

TODAY the spotlight shines on CAROLE LOMBARD - another Hollywood MEGA-Superstar actress, Carole was great as a comic madcap, an ingenue, or a wicked woman.

Which of CAROLE's character types do YOU prefer? Gentle as a LAMB? Or, Bold as a Lion?



Friday, March 30, 2018

March Madness #30 HENRY FONDA

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #29 results: SUSAN HAYWARD Voters responded enthusiastically yesterday with 53 total votes. Lion-hearted BATHSHEBA won the day 29 votes to 24 for JANE FROMAN, that dear.

TODAY the spotlight shines on HENRY FONDA - another Hollywood MEGA-Superstar actor, and the father of an acting dynasty with his daughter, Jane and son, Peter, who's children are in "the biz", too. Early on Henry was a dashing debonair leading man, and with maturity relished roles that let him show his Lion-hearted side: bravery, strength of character and in some roles, he was a real menace.
Which of HENRY's character types do YOU prefer? Gentle as a LAMB? Or, Bold as a Lion?



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Round 3 (Sweet Sixteen) in the 8th Annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney now underway

Awwww yeah...Round 3, better known as Sweet Sixteen. 4 actresses in each era have made it to this exciting round where the gloves are now fully off. Polls close on Saturday evening.
































March Madness #29: SUSAN HAYWARD

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #28 results: KARL MALDEN fans prefer his gentler side. "Mitch" Mitchell ("Streetcar Named Desire") made a clean-sweep 26 - 9 over Archie Lee / "Baby Doll".
TODAY the spotlight shines on SUSAN HAYWARD, one of Hollywoods glamour-girls, who turned out many many movies and wasn't afraid to bring the tough-minded, courageous characters. but could be the epitome of feminine sweetness and charm.

Which of SUSAN's character types do YOU prefer?



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March Madness #28: KARL MALDEN

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #27 results: AVA GARDNER Voters clearly love Kitty Collins / "The Killers" over Ava's gentler role of Guinevere / "Knights of the Round Table".

TODAY the spotlight shines on KARL MALDEN ~ Who doesn't remember the man with the nose.. after Jimmy Durante, that is? Karl did many roles, both gentle and tough.

Which of KARL's character types do YOU prefer?





March Madness #27: AVA GARDNER


Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #26 results: FRANK SINATRA Voters responded enthusiastically: that lovable Nathan Detroit won by ONE 21- 20 over Frankie Machine. When I checked late last evening, it was a TIE!


TODAY the spotlight shines on AVA GARDNER ~ Beloved for her sultry good looks, and her solemn, serene gaze, Ava was also full of laughter, jokes and hijinks. Ava could be sweet as a lamb, or tough as a protective lioness.

Which of Ava's character types do YOU prefer?


Sunday, March 25, 2018

March Madness #26: FRANK SINATRA

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #25 results: ELIZABETH TAYLOR voters enthusiastically voted for Martha! Voters enthusiastically voted for Kay Banks!
TIED! Dead-heat!

TODAY the spotlight shines on FRANK SINATRA. Known for his smooth, heartfelt voice during the “crooner-swooner” era, Frank Sinatra started performing in 1935 as the singer of a four-piece band in Hoboken, New Jersey. Between 1940 and 1943 he recorded 23 top-ten singles and reached the top position of the male-singer polls in Billboard and Downbeat magazines.

Sinatra went on to become a successful movie star, winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity (1953).
He was popular as a man’s man (dressed in elegant suits but known for his legendary temper and stubbornness), while singing romantic songs that made women swoon.

Which of Frank's character types do YOU prefer?

March Madness #25: ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #24 results: ROBERT MITCHUM Bob Mitchum's milder, gentler STEVE MASON won out 27 to 20 votes over that deranged Harry Powell.

TODAY the spotlight shines on ELIZABETH TAYLOR. Ranking among Hollywood MEGA-superstars, Elizabeth gave the world a lifetime of movies, and fans have loved her roles as a youngster in "National Velvet", a young Bride ("Father of the Bride") and all through her life. She never shied away from roles that required courage, determination or showed "beastly" characters.

Which of Elizabeth's character types do YOU prefer?



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Round 2 (50's era bracket) in The 8th Annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney now underway

Here we go with round 2 in the 50's era bracket:

















March Madness #24: ROBERT MITCHUM

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #23 results: OLIVIA de HAVILAND inspires her fans more with her gentle roles than her tough ones. Her Gentle-Lamb won out 27 - 19 over Cousin Miriam, that ol' lioness!

TODAY the spotlight shines on ROBERT MITCHUM. One of the roughest-toughest male actors, Robert "did his own thing" and with his narrow-eyed squint, could give the most BEASTLY glances in film noir and dramas. But he could also be the romantic and was a popular heart-throb
Which of Jack's character types do YOU prefer?

Friday, March 23, 2018

March Madness #23: OLIVIA De HAVILAND

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #22 results: JACK LEMMON fans had their say, and HOW! Gentle-Lamb PETE SHEPHERD won 31 votes - head n' shoulders over the good-hearted, courageous, determined Jack Godell.

TODAY the spotlight shines on OLIVIA De HAVILAND. Beautiful and talented, Olivia won hearts for being gentle and mild, but also a few roles featuring a tougher Lioness-at-heart.
Which of Olivia's character types do YOU prefer?


Thursday, March 22, 2018

March Madness #22: JACK LEMMON

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #21 results: JUDY GARLAND fans left no doubt that the darling DOROTHY ("The Wizard of Oz") was the fan favourite. Sorry to "A Star is Born"'s Vicky Lester.


TODAY the spotlight shines on JACK LEMMON. Likely more famed for his comedic roles - who could forget FELIX in "The Odd Couple"? But he could show a tenacious, lion-hearted, fierce side, too. Which of Jack's character types do YOU prefer?



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Round 2 (1940's era bracket) now underway

Here we go with the most competitive and star studded era in the 8th Annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney...the 1940's. Polls close on Friday evening!

















March Madness #21: JUDY GARLAND

Welcome to ALL GOOD THINGS! It's MARCH MADNESS! Visit daily to see a classic film Super-Star of the day - a personality renowned for portraying the really, really B.A.D. and also the sweetest-dearest-most darling!

Day #20 results: SIDNEY POITIER fans left no doubt whatsoever that "Lamb-of-God", HOMER SMITH (in "Lilies of the Field") wiped out the competition, the lion-hearted, Noah Cullen ("The Defiant Ones").

TODAY the spotlight shines on JUDY GARLAND. Famous for her song-'n-dance skills, she was also a powerful actress and easily one of America's Sweethearts. Which of Judy's character types do YOU prefer?
LAMB: Sweet & soulful? OR ruffer-tuffer LION-hearted?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March Madness #20: SIDNEY POITIER


Welcome to Day #20 of MARCH MADNESS!
Every day in March, ALL GOOD THINGS will highlight a Classic film Super-star, you know, the type renowned for really, really B.A.D. to sweetest-dearest-most darling!

TODAY the spotlight shines on SIDNEY POITIER. Here is an actor who bared his soul in his characters, and even when he was being lion-hearted, at heart, there was a gentle soul.
Which do you prefer: LION: rough n' tuff! or LAMB: Sweet & soulful?



Sunday, March 18, 2018

March Madness #19 VIVIEN LEIGH


Welcome to Day #19 of MARCH MADNESS!
Every day in March, ALL GOOD THINGS will highlight a Classic film Super-star, you know, the type renowned for really, really B.A.D. to sweetest-dearest-most darling!

DAY #18 results: FRED MacMURRAY seems to be equally loved whether playing tender or tough and it seems that his rougher-tougher WALTER NEFF won out by one vote.

TODAY the spotlight shines on VIVIEN LEIGH. Ethereal beauty, Vivien was beloved by her fans for her genteel Lamb-y characters, and equally for her LIONESS roles!
Which do you prefer: LION: rough n' tuff! or LAMB: Sweet & soulful?

Round 2 (30's era) in the 8th Annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney now underway

Here we go with round 2 (1930's era) in the 2018 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney
















March Madness #18 FRED MacMURRAY


Welcome to Day 18 of MARCH MADNESS!
Every day in March, ALL GOOD THINGS will highlight a Classic film Super-star, you know, the type renowned for really, really B.A.D. to sweetest-dearest-most darling!
DAY #18 Results: GENE TIERNEY - no contest for Day 17, the crowds loves LUCY MUIR over that mean, ol LIONESS, Ellen Berent Harland, "Leave Her To Heaven".

TODAY the spotlight shines on FRED MacMURRAY. Dainty and beautiful, Gene was beloved by her fans for her genteel Lamb-y characters, and equally for her LIONESS roles!
Which do you prefer: LION: rough n' tuff! or LAMB: Sweet & soulful?


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