My 40/50’s Hollywood Education.

I have always been good at recognizing images as I am a very visual person, yet getting older and the help of the internet making information easier to attain I have been taking it a step further when it comes to the things that catch my fancy.


I recently took on a project posting images of Actors and Actresses from the 40’s and 50’s with quotes or small biographies for a FB Page. My keen eye and wanting to complete a story was going to serve me well here in this task.


What a difference in perspective I would soon have from learning the whole story of these people, isn’t that the case in life really, knowing all the details and complexities gives you a better understanding as a whole?

To start with I had to record 200 names to lined paper and start going through the list and gathering quotes and photos to match. No copy and paste was going to work here I was going to honour each person I featured first through the physical stroke of my pen ingesting their essence in preparation to present them.

I would quickly discover this would keep me on my toes trying to discern if the quotes are actually authentic and finding pictures that are not considered mainstream.

For a couple of the well known Actors/Actresses I was surprised in what they were quoted by saying.  Some I could relate directly too, while others you could tell were from a completely different time.

The most famous of the famous were indeed that as their words would inspire generations and transpire through the ages touching us, making us feel that person was maybe in fact speaking directly to us.

I am highly critical of myself for what ever I put out there into the big world and I find this responsibility to be none the less.  Especially when an Actor/Actress has not garnished the fame or legend response some of the more beautiful or popular people from the times did.  Tracking down their quotes can be daunting yet I am still determined to find their voice.

I do believe we have always carried a romanticised image of this time gone by, almost a response we have naturally as humans is to long for the past, a time we will never get back.

I have appreciated this project and the unknowing education it has offered me.  I have also appreciated the window it has opened to give me a taste of whom these people may have really been, rather than just seeing their image.

James Dean was one of the people that really gave me a good talking too through his quotes, I felt him in his words and he appealed to my senses as he was an unknowing advocate for animals and he spoke simple yet powerful words of truth. My favourite quote by him is “Only the gentle are ever truly strong”

James Dean


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4 thoughts on “My 40/50’s Hollywood Education.

  1. Dear Betty, re: the fellow who commented in French THREE times on ur posting of a statue of a beaver. No disrespect, I simply don’t know whether U can read French. But I can. So I’m offering a heads-up: his 3rd posting referred to his “love of ‘beaver'”, his FB page is distubing+narcissitic, + one of his subscriptions is downright scary.
    He claims to live in France. He posts not Muslim (as in Christian, Buddhist, Hindu) but “Islamist” posts, as well as misogyny + violence. I am neither bigoted nor an alarmist, but I find him creepy + will try to block him. You’ll make your own decisions.

    Jo from the capital here. Hi Betty Boss Mare. U won’t believe this, but only in lookin at the FB page for “Rockabilly Pin-ups” did I make the connection with “Betty Page”. Duh. Brilliant on ur part!
    Many are confused by my name (Has no one read Louisa May Alcott?) I’m a woman with eclectic tastes who luvs sports, car racing+car culture, Harleys, + airbrush art, so I was familiar with some of the work of Vargas, for example + liked some pin-ups but probably from WWII.

    I was born in the early 50’s, very much a “child of the sixties” in terms of music, hair, mini-skirts, guys with long hair, Woodstock,etc. – since those were my adolescent years.

    By the late 60’s, while fathers were freaking out over guys with long hair, their daughters knew to be wary of the fellows who still greased back their hair. The former might “look like girls”, be smoking marijuana, writing poetry and not gettin off the couch, + “would never amount to much”. But we knew the “bad boys”, (referred to as “greasers”), carried switchblades+chains, were antisocial and violent, (including towards women), drank too much and were often expelled and/or arrested.

    The 50’s+early 60’s were very repressive, conformist, bigoted times, and exactly what my generation rebelled against. By 67, (“the summer of love”) If a H.S. fellow was still greasin his hair back + rollin up his jeans, while others wore bell bottoms + grew their hair as long as they could get away with, he was really a rebel! More related to motorcycle gang culture than was safe. Elvis + James Dean were the rebels of their generation but they were entertainers.

    I’m unsure when “rockabilly” began or where exactly it fits in. I suppose mid50’s?
    Fill us in, please. I’m so glad you’re researchIn and sharing everything. I really find it interesting + have even found hairstyles + outfits posted that I like. Your page and blog have led me to pin-up culture too. As Boomers mellow (I’m 58, but 14 seems like yesterday), widening our tastes + exploring what came before is so interesting!

    Sincerely hope I haven’t bored you.

    I’ll leave you with a few movie suggestons: American Graffiti
    Come back to the five and dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
    West Side Story
    And for the 60’s: Hair (done live onstage); + the movies Vanishing Point + Woodstock

    Happy trails, Boss Mare.


  2. Hi Jo..! Thank you for the fore note, as I did not have the laptop with me on the quick trip I lack a lot of control of the Page through my phone so I deleted the picture, Thank you again as I do rely on the laptop to translate and so I was not aware.. xx

    Names, nicknames and monikers are so much fun..! When I started this journey with BmB it was natural that the “Boss Mare” was a key component as it is tattooed on my knuckles, like some weird foreshadowing of my life I knew somewhere this was going to come in handy. The Betty fit in more than one way as did the Boss, a selective few get the Mare or even the Boss Mare yet it is different and been a blessing for social media as I have not had to compete to lock in the name.

    I can tell you I don’t read as much as I would like yet my daughter does and we do this fun thing. She reads and then recants the story to me as we clean the horses stalls/paddocks. So I have taken the name down Louisa May Alcott and will be googling our next read to know your name reference better.

    So onto the next part of your comment, as we were speeding down the hwy in return of home and the kids I received the notification and read your comment on the road and Brilliant my friend, you gave me goose bumps and a real appreciation. This comment to me is what makes BmB worth it, I Thank you for taking the time to write it and I would like to write blogs on a few points you mention as topics so to better explain myself.

    I think the culture today is a lot of contradictions yet maybe in a weird yet positive way, there are many branches, pin up (classic, traditional, modern), rockabilly, psychobilly and yet I feel these looks are driven more by the women this time, specially in more of the alternative styles woman are embracing body modifications and owning them and themselves in a way that maybe society perceives are odd or not acceptable yet I admire.

    As I said I will write more on these topics and I appreciate your feedback, we emulate a time that most of us don’t really know and like human nature we really romanticize times from the past that we don’t really know the whole story.

    In fact I found it interesting to read the the “Bad Boys” were really that and even though this image/look is appealing in this genre I feel the men are held to a higher standard than a lot of other styles or communities I have seen. I find today’s Greasers to be our version of the real gentleman, so times have changed.

    Just like us girls with tattoos getting dolled up, kind of a contradiction to some, Yet we are ladies all the same.

    What drew me to this culture was first cars and tattoos and then my dresses and styling followed. It was the first time I felt it was ok to be “Pretty” and I have always felt that the many genres of pin up support the many sizes, ages and what ever and who ever you are’s with out judgement.

    Thanks Jo..!!
    Talk soon..xx

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