Great style is timeless. The photo is from the 1930s, but this beach wear wouldn't look out of place in the present day. I particularly like the sunglasses.

It is presumably a staged photo, but conveys the feeling of a snapshot. Super!

BTW this is a *very* famous actress, from the golden age of Hollywood. Can you name her?

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Clue: you might know her better as a dancer, even though she spent much more of her career time as an actress.

@fitheach First time I've seen that photo of Gwen Stefani.

Ah, see what you mean, but no. Gwen isn't that old.

@fitheach I was almost obsessed with Marilyn Monroe (and the circumstances of her death) as a teenager. I had a massive poster of her looking surprised at the hot air blowing up from a grate stuck on my wall.

I'm sure the teenage you was only interested in the photographic aesthetics.

@fitheach Well yes. Obviously but there were traits there are were subsequently repeated later (for me)

Troubled childhood, misunderstood high profile genius, drug dependency, hangers-on coupled with a conspiracy theory.

Kurt Cobain, Ian Curtis et al.

'They were so vulnerable. Why didn't we do anything ? If only we could have helped her/him !'

It is the often discussed correlation between genius and an unstable personality. The creativity that comes from living on the edge, and often going beyond that point.

@fitheach ...but it was a truly iconic image. To me at least.

Please remember on the same wall, I had a 3 page interview with Mark. E Smith pinned up with Blu-Tac.

Sure was.

Not many people are instantly recognisable 65 years later.

@andyc @fitheach Scene from "The Seven-Year Itch". I took a (presumably fraudulent) sick day off school one day when that film was on the telly and oh, my! Apart from triggering adolescence in many a youngster, she was a brilliant comic actor who knew that to be funny you have to play it straight and truthful. Never given the respect she deserved.

Yeah, I agree, she was a much more talented actress than she was given credit for.


Well, exactly. That is why I think great style is timeless. Despite the change in mores, this photo from 80+ years ago could easily be an actress from the present day.

Did you recognise her from the photo, or did my clue make it obvious?

@fitheach Back to the original quiz question - Fred Astaire's partner ?

@fitheach Ok - so you have a 6 foot poster of Ginger Rogers on your wall. Fair enough :-)

I wish I had. Actually, I'll need to see if such a thing is available.

@fitheach I'm coming late to this, but damn if that isn't a young Ginger Rodgers. But then I'm much better with dancers than actors.

Spot on, but no "d" in her surname. 😃

I wouldn't have recognised her in that photo.The sunglasses hide her eyes.

@fitheach Autocorrect my sworn enemy defeats me again!

@fitheach No. "very" for low values of 'famous' I guess! ;-)
But I could be alone in this. Mind you, the oldest woman I know would have been in her early teens in the mid 1930's...

Ginger Rogers was definitely one of the big Hollywood stars of the 1930s and 40s, and is a name still widely recognised to-day.

@fitheach I do know that name. It goes with the fred astaire name, but him I can see in my mind.
You, like most people I know, watch a lot more movies than i do.

Of course, it is one of my hobbies, particularly movies from the golden age.

@fitheach A guy I know watches a docu and a movie or even two Every Night!

I don't watch that many. Maybe one or two per week, max.

@fitheach I wouldn't think so - my friend is a bit extreme! He's long since retired and a videographer/editor by trade.

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