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James Montgomery Flagg was an early master of pen and ink, but he was much more. Born in 1877, he grew up along with the reproduction technology that allowed artists to select the pen as the illustrative tool of choice. Charles Dana Gibson, who pioneered 11215_jmf1many of the techniques that Flagg would draw upon, was ten years older. Others born within a year of Flagg include Stanley M. Arthurs, Ivan Bilibin, Walter Appleton Clark, Fanny Y. Cory, Frank Leyendecker, Norman Price, Harry Rountree, Frank Schoonover, Everett Shinn, J. Allen St. John, Sarah Stilwell, and J. Scott Williams.

A true child prodigy, Flagg sold his first illustration, to the prestigious St. Nicholas Magazine no less, at the age of twelve. You can read about his early encounters with the editor in a 1915 article in The Century.

This early sale proved not to be a fluke. By the age of 15 he was on staff at both Life and Judge, the premier humour magazines of the day. Below left is an 1894 illustration from Life. Below right is an early drawing from Judge, probably circa 1905.

11215_jmf3It’s kind of hard to imagine today, but the teenage Flagg grew up in the company of some of the most respected magazine editors of the day. Drawing was his passion and the traditional pastimes of youth were of no interest to him. Although he spent several years in art schools, most notably the Art Students League (1894-1898), his real education came from the material that passed over the desks of the editors of St. Nicholas, Judge and Life. These he was allowed to study and the lessons he learned from them were more valuable than all of his schooling. Those same publishers made use of the young Flagg for his earliest magazine covers are from 1895 and ’96.

From 1898-1900 Flagg studied painting in England and France. His first book was Yankee Girls Abroad (1900). That same year he had a portrait accepted to the Paris Salon, but he felt that painting was not his forte and returned to illustration. Above left is an image from the January 1902 issue of Harper’s Monthly – perhaps the only work he did for the magazine.

Most of the early years of the century were still spent at Judge and Life and Harper’s Weekly – Life released four collections of his "limericks" (just clever poems, really) in 1904. By 1905 he began to illustrate books again. At right is one of the plates from An Orchard Princess from that year. These early efforts were mainly paintings, despite his focus on pen & ink at the humour magazines. It wasn’t until about 1906 that his recognizable pen style appears in his book illustrations. A good example is show below from Simon the Jester (1909).


Flagg was a rakish fellow whose cocky self-assurance served him well in the highly competitive illustration markets. Stories abound of his deeds and misdeeds. Susan E. Meyer in her excellent James Montgomery Flagg relates how he persevered in his 11215_jmf2attempts to break into the Scribner’s Magazine market. He was finally, so the story goes, asked to tackle an assignment that had stumped three other artists. Flagg supposedly solved the problems of this difficult Voodoo storyline and became a regular contributor.

All well and good, except I’ve checked all the Scribner’s from 1904 through 1907, when he is an established contributor to the magazine, and there doesn’t seem to be any JMF Voodoo story. In fact, his first appearances in 1906 are rather pedestrian. But it makes a great story…

Flagg was outspoken and lived a bohemian style of life. Despite a marriage that lasted from 1899 until his wife’s death in 1923, he was known for his cavorting around town with pals like John Barrymore. He was close friends with many of his contemporaries: Arthur William Brown, Walter Appleton Clark, Ham Fisher, Rube Goldberg, etc. Flagg was a founder member of the infamous Dutch Treat Club in 1906 (its president in 1913), a loose association of creative types that turned into an organization still going strong today.


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Mylène Demongeot (born on 29 September 1935 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes) is a French actress, who has appeared in 72 films since 1953. She was born Marie-Hélène Demongeot in Nice, Southern France.

Demongeot gained fame and adulation for her portrayal of Abigail Williams in the Franco-East German production The Crucible (1957), for which she was nominated for BAFTA Awards for Most Promising Newcomer to Film. The blonde actress has performed in adventures like Vengeance of the Three Musketeers (1961) as Milady de Winter and in comedies like Fantômas (1964) directed by André Hunebelle. In the US she has co-starred with David Niven in Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958). She was also nominated for César Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004) and La Californie (2006).

She was married to director Marc Simenon from 1968 until his death in 1999.

Selected filmography
Frou-Frou (1955)
It’s a Wonderful World (1956)
The Crucible (1957)
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Upstairs and Downstairs (1959)
Vengeance of the Three Musketeers (1961)
Il ratto delle sabine (1961)
Doctor in Distress (1963)
Fantômas (1964)
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (1965)
36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)
La Californie (2006)

Here’s a gallery of Mylène Demongeot images, 98 all told:The-gallery

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10975_koko_01Born Cora Walton in Shelby County, Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper. She left Memphis for Chicago, Illinois in 1952 with her husband, truck driver Robert "Pops" Taylor. In the late 1950s she began singing in Chicago blues clubs. She was spotted by Willie Dixon in 1962, and this led to wider performances and her first recording contract. In 1965, Taylor was signed by Chess Records where she recorded "Wang Dang Doodle," a song written by Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf five years earlier. The song became a hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies. Taylor recorded several versions of "Wang Dang Doodle" over the years, including a live version at the 1967 American Folk Blues Festival with harmonica player Little Walter and guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. Taylor subsequently recorded more material, both original and covers, but never repeated that initial chart success.

10975_koko_02National touring in the late 1960s and early 1970s improved her fan base, and she became accessible to a wider record-buying public when she signed with Alligator Records in 1975. She recorded nine albums for Alligator, 8 of which were Grammy-nominated, and came to dominate the female blues singer ranks, winning twenty five W. C. Handy Awards (more than any other artist). After her recovery from a near-fatal car crash in 1989, the 1990s found Taylor in films such as Blues Brothers 2000 and Wild at Heart, and she opened a blues club on Division Street in Chicago in 1994, but it closed in 1999.

Taylor influenced musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland, Janis Joplin, Shannon Curfman, and Susan Tedeschi. In the years prior to her death, she performed over 70 concerts a year and resided just south of Chicago in Country Club Hills, Illinois.

In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service said that Taylor owed $400,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. Her tax problems concerned 1998, 2000 and 2001; for those years combined, her adjusted gross income was $949,000.

Taylor died on June 3, 2009, after complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding on May 19, 2009. Her final performance was at the Blues Music Awards, on May 7, 2009. – Text from Wikipedia 


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Two Fat Ladies is a BBC Two television cooking programme starring Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson. It originally ran for four seasons, from 1996 to 1999. The show was produced by the BBC and has also appeared on the Food Network and Cooking Channel in the USA, and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Australia.
The show centres on Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson, travelling the United Kingdom, and in one case Ireland, on a Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle and Watsonian GP-700 "doublewide" sidecar driven by Paterson. They travel to various destinations, such as an army camp or an all-girls’ school, where they prepare large meals, often with unusual ingredients. Both ladies were very fond of strong flavours, often using anchovies, garlic, and seasonings quite liberally. The recipes are gleaned from an older time and tradition when rendered fat and drippings, raw eggs, and unpasteurised milk products were commonplace. They emphasise the importance of using fresh ingredients of the very best quality, eschewing supermarkets for farms and roadside markets.

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Bette Davis was born on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts as Ruth Elizabeth Davis. Her parents were Harlow Morrell and Ruth Augusta (Favour) Davis.10946_bd_01 Bette’s sister Barbara was born a year later. Bette’s parents separated in 1915, and although Bette’s mother had difficulty affording it, she placed both girls in boarding school in the Berkshires. The family moved to New York City in 1921 and Bette’s mother worked there as a photographer. Bette’s dream of becoming an actress took hold after seeing Rudolph Valentino perform in the movie “The Four Horsemen” and Mary Pickford in “Little Lord Fauntleroy” in 1921. Bette’s mother had once possessed the same dream, so she encouraged her daughter in her pursuit.
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5457958821_128b420d7d_oRuth Brown (January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, composer and actress noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built" (alluding to the popular nickname for Old Yankee Stadium).

Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the eighties, Brown used her influence to press for musicians’ rights regarding royalties and contracts, which led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award.Contents

Early life
Born Ruth Alston Weston in Portsmouth, Virginia, she attended I. C. Norcom High School, a historically black high school. Brown’s father was a dockhand who directed the local church choir, but the young Ruth showed more of an interest in singing at USO shows and nightclubs. She was inspired by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. In 1945, Brown ran away from her home in Portsmouth along with trumpeter, Jimmy Brown, whom she soon married, to sing in bars and clubs. She then spent a month with Lucky Millinder’s orchestra, but was fired after she brought drinks to the band for free, and was left stranded in Washington, D.C.


Blanche Calloway, Cab Calloway’s sister, also a bandleader, arranged a gig for Brown at a Washington, D.C. nightclub called Crystal Caverns and soon became her manager. Willis Conover, a Voice of America disc jockey, caught her act and recommended her to Atlantic Records bosses, Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Brown was unable to audition as planned though, because of a serious car accident that resulted in a nine-month hospital stay. In 1948, however, Ertegün and Abramson drove to Washington, D.C. from New York City to hear her sing in the club. Although her repertoire was mostly popular ballads, Ertegün convinced her to switch to rhythm and blues. His productions for her, however, retained her "pop" style, with clean, fresh arrangements and the singing spot on the beat with little of the usual blues singer’s embroidery.


In her first audition, in 1949, she sang "So Long", which ended up becoming a hit. This was followed by Teardrops from My Eyes in 1950. Written by Rudy Toombs, it was the first upbeat major hit for Ruth Brown, establishing her as an important figure in R&B. 01929_rb_03Recorded for Atlantic Records in New York City in September 1950, and released in October, it was on Billboard’s List of number-one R&B hits (United States) for 11 weeks. The huge hit earned her the nickname "Miss Rhythm" and within a few months Ruth Brown became the acknowledged queen of R&B.

She followed up this hit with "I’ll Wait for You" (1951), "I Know" (1951), "5-10-15 Hours" (1953), "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" (1953), "Oh What a Dream" (1954), "Mambo Baby" (1954) and "Don’t Deceive Me" (1960). She also became known as "Little Miss Rhythm" and "the girl with the teardrop in her voice". In all, she was on the R&B charts for 149 weeks from 1949 to 1955, with 16 top 10 blues records including 5 number ones, and became Atlantic’s most popular artist, earning Atlantic records the proper name of "The House that Ruth Built" – Text from Wikipedia 

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