In an upcoming issue of Teddy Bear & Friends, I get to show off the beautifully crafted artwork of miniatures artist Lisa Madsen. But, like many interviews for the magazine, not every photo or comment can make it into print. Thank goodness for the Plush Life blog. Here’s a chance to sneak a look at some of Madsen’s mini marvels and to appreciate her life story and how it helped her make such exquisite ethereal critters.
Photos courtesy of Movie Star News and MGM Deluxe DVD Archive
A favorite film for TCM programmers, “Some Came Running,” based on the enormous James Jones novel — is an interesting movie for myriad reasons. Primary among them, it’s the first flick that co-starred Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin — prompting them to launch their version of the Rat Pack — and it’s the first film that garnered Shirley MacLaine an Academy Award nomination. In her career, MacLaine would nab six Oscar nods, but only won once, in 1984 for “Terms of Endearment.” In this 1958 outing, MacLaine plays a garish woman with “indefinable” morality and a desperate need to be loved and cherished. Her seeming vulgarity — too much makeup, too-tight dresses, no table manners or behavior restraint—is at war with her vulnerability. MacLaine is only 23 when she made this film, and she looks that age or even younger! With a pixie haircut and a puppy-dog purse, MacLaine’s characterization of Ginny is heartbreaking.
Photos courtesy of Vermont Teddy Bears
During the week of September 11, certain news outlets concentrate on the run-up to the terrorist attacks and then chronicle the events that unfolded on that Tuesday morning and the many anxious days (and weeks) that followed. Still, other organizations choose to ignore that evil incident and reference it as a footnote to other breaking news of the current day. 9/11 is mentioned, but it is just a past tragedy — a horrible day of destruction that occurred in the past. Never mind that the past is only 17 years old, and still very much in the present for many Americans and other citizens of the world.