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.
Diana Ussery has built a solid reputation for her dragons and other sci-fi oddities. Her creations are often quirky and comical — octopuses that wear top hats and carry luggage and other travel essentials in all their twirly-swirly tentacles — while also managing to appear regal and luxurious. (She frequently garbs her characters in rich fabrics and high-end textiles. An opulent octopus, anyone?)