★ Press Talk to Orson Welles About ‘The War of the Worlds’ (1938)

★ American actor, director, writer and producer, Orson Welles, was born on this day in 1915. Remembered for his highly innovative work in theatre, radio and film, one of his most notable productions was the legendary Mercury… Read More

★ Love in La-La Land: Hollywood Valentines

★ Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I couldn’t let this day pass without taking a look at rather a bygone tradition in Hollywood – the Valentine’s Day publicity shot. It’s where upcoming young starlets (and sometimes even well-established stars) would pose for cutesy Valentine’s Day… Read More

★ Party Like It’s 1939 – I’m Back, Baby!

★ Ladies and Gentlemen, with the start of this new year, it gives me very great pleasure to announce that Velvet Limelight is officially back! I’ve missed posting so much I can’t tell you, and now, after a spruce up and sort out, I’m seizing the opportunity to once again start sharing… Read More

★ Faithless (1932) – Vintage Lobby Cards

★ Starring the sassy and sultry Tallulah Bankhead in her last film role for more than a decade, ‘Faithless’ is a 1932 film that practically exemplifies pre-Hays Code Hollywood movies. Focusing on a spoilt socialite who loses all of her money during the Great Depression, it’s… Read More

★ Olga Spessiva in Swan Lake, 1934

★ On this day in 1877, Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘Swan Lake’ received its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. This gorgeous photo is from a 1934 Australian production of the ballet, and features the lovely Russian ballerina Olga Spessiva (originally Spessivtzeva, but it was… Read More