Celebrity Portraits

Al Jolson

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Al Jolson

“What is grammar when you know each other?“ — Al Jolson   “Harding, You’re the Man for Us!” — Al Jolson, composer, and performer of the Republican Party’s 1920 campaign song.       Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell from the Field & Turf Club at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.    

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Lawrence Tibbett

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Lawrence Tibbett

“I will always sing a beautiful tone if I can but I will guarantee a vital tone.” — Lawrence Tibbett   Co-starring with Lupe Vélez in Cuban Love Song (1931).       “Lawrence Tibbett captures his audience in spite of a short face and no pretensions to beauty. His voice enthralls men and women alike. […]

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Frank Sinatra – photos and quotes

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“There are moments when it’s too quiet. Particularly late at night or early in the mornings. That’s when you know there’s something lacking in your life. You just know.” — Frank Sinatra   “Call it self-confidence. Call it cockiness – call it anything, but it has always been true of me that when I get […]

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Dick Powell

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Dick Powell

“An actor has to work hard to get up to 25 thousand dollars a picture, then he has to struggle to 50 thousand dollars. Then he’s over the hump and moves upwards by the 25 thousand.” – Dick Powell, explaining movie star salaries in 1946. By the way, Powell reportedly earned $150,000 for making Johnny […]

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Elvis Presley – photos & quotes

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Elvis Presley

“Hmmph! I’ll get rid of him before he contaminates all the clean-cut youth in our country.” – Hedda Hopper on Elvis Presley   A very early example of Elvis merchandising, this is a bookend from around 1956.       Jazz pianist, composer and session musician Dudley Brooks working with Elvis Presley at Stan’s Play Room, […]