My Five (Classic) Stars…

“The Five Stars Blogathon invites bloggers to list their five favorite movie stars and explain why you love them. It’s that simple. (And, they need to be from the silents to the 70s).”

So, here goes….(apologies if some of these actors still made a few movies after the 70s  but I’m taking the liberty of including them, as to me, they were stars during the classic times and thats I how I got to “know” them). In no particular order:

John Wayne

My childhood hero. Need I say more as to why I love him? Well, “love” may be a bit strong, but more, “admire”. He was the first movie star on my radar. While friends at school didn’t know who he was (they were all into Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt), that didn’t stop me thinking that nobody, but nobody, can leap onto a horse quite like John Wayne. The Duke was (and still is) special to me.

Jane Powell

Not so much Jane Powell, but “Milly” (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Oh did I dream of her. Her dresses, her mascara, her will to stand up for herself amongst those 7 brothers. In a way, I still dream a little of that greyish-blue dress she wears while singing “Wonderful, Wonderful Day”. *Sigh* She’s one of the reasons I fell in love with the magic of film.

Gregory Peck

Swoon… 😉

There’s something about Gregory Peck that takes up a whole lot of screen space. Probably, it comes down to the role I was introduced to him by: Duel in the Sun. He’s the bad boy (like you have never seen a bad boy) yet in a deranged way, he’s likeable (well, his likeability comes and goes) but boy oh boy is he something. He pulls this role off perfectly. And then there’s him as “Stretch” in Yellow Sky. One of my favourite movies. But, it comes down to the fact that I simply enjoy watching the younger Gregory Peck. Be it The Big Country or Roman Holiday or any one of his other roles.

Yul Brynner

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Yul Brynner is fantastic in his portrayal of such a variety of characters. Most notably, the contradictory roles of Chris (The Magnificent Seven) where he has such high morals to the Gunslinger (Westworld) where he totally creeped me out. And then again the King of Siam. For me, he’ll forever be the cowboy clad in black saving a village, a role that nobody else can pull off like he did. Smooth, sexy and simply swoon-worthy.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman (always the young one in my mind as those are the movies I’ve seen). Another childhood hero. For me, he’s Andrew Craig, Luke, Butch Cassidy, Henry Gondorff and all those classic roles. With his striking blue eyes and his screen presence , he’s always a pleasure to watch.

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39 comments

    1. Ah thanks Rupert – you’ve made my day. I’m glad I’ve managed to give you something different. Not that this was my intention – they genuinely are my favourites. Feels good to be different.

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  1. Your choices surprised me, and they were all very good. I also swoon over Gregory Peck, and I’m happy to see Paul Newman and Jane Powell in your list!
    Kisses!
    Le

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  2. I love that you included Gregory Peck on your list! My husband and I led a small film society during the first two decades of our marriage and the first film we showed in 16 mm was “Spellbound.” Believe it or not we did so on Super Bowl Sunday in the early 1980s and filled our venue. What a lovely memory! Toto

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  3. Wow! That’s some list. Talent to spare, and talent and “magic” with Jane Powell. I love your choice of that word for the lovely singer/actress.

    I saw Jane on stage twice, touring with Howard Keel in the 80s in South Pacific and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It was like a dream.

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    1. Thank you sooo much for your compliment. My list might lean a bit towards the males but hey, I’m a girl 😉
      I’m sure Jane must have been awesome and wow, with Howard Keel…on stage in Seven Brides…wow again.

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