Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sparkling Stars

I first began developing a love for old movies in my early teens. The singing, the dancing, the gay costumes, and the fascination of a bygone era drew me in despite lengthy prologues and somewhat slow plotlines. Yet out of all the beautiful, talented stars, only a few made lasting impressions on me. It wasn't because they were the prettiest or the most talented--far from it. They stood out because they contained something different. Contagious smiles, bright eyes, graceful manners, and sweet spirits are only a few characteristics that added to their sparkling stage presence.

Doris Day, extremely popular during the 1950's and 60's, won me through her dazzling smile, mellow voice, and rambunctious spirit. I especially loved her in Calamity Jane (1953).

Julie Andrews is another actress who sparkles onstage and off. Her gentle graces and charming British accent are the epitome of a well-bred lady. She is most famous for her performances in Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965).

Jane Powell, as seen in the picture above, simply glows when she smiles. Perhaps best known for the musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), she also does a spectacular job portraying Fred Astaire's successful dance partner in Royal Wedding (1951).

Whenever these actresses walk onto a scene, all eyes are drawn to them. Their grace, confidence, and unrestrained smiles create a brilliant aura that follows them wherever they go, and although these stars are not without flaws, you are sure to enjoy their performances as they each bring their own sparkle to the stage.


The Kings daughter said...

I love watching all three of these lovely ladies on screen. Old movies are so awesome! I especially love Doris Day!