Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vintage Men

A Life Magazine photo-gallery of the sexiest men of the 50's, 60's and 70's has inspired me to post on my third obsession after frocks and books; beautiful men (yes, yes ... at times I can be deeply shallow). Lucky for me, I have now found my own beautiful man - hopefully for keeps -but that doesn't stop me casting admiring glances at other gorgeous guys (although not in his company, of course). My number one celebrity crush in the past and now and on and on forever is the drop dead beautiful Paul Newman. Paul had blue eyes that could melt your soul, a kind and giving nature, was pretty tops in the acting department and knew how to make a mean tomato sauce. It is no mistake that I've posted two pictures of Paul sans shirt.

Paul Newman deservedly makes an appearance on the Life Magazine list, as does the eternal dreamboat Elvis.

And the near perfect Montgomery Clift. How hot is this photo??

Check out the list and see what you think, but to me there were a couple of omissions that I just had to post about here. One is 1950's romantic lead Rock Hudson. Lucky Elizabeth Taylor got to be the love interest in a James Dean/Rock Hudson triangle in the rather long, but definitely worth it flick Giant. Rock was also equally fabulous opposite Doris Day in romantic comedy mode, and as the brooding sex god type in Douglas Sirk's masterpieces Magnificent Obsession and All That Heaven Allows. Seriously ladies, who wouldn't love to wake up next to this face?

And something a little bit more out of left field for those of you who know him mainly from his role in the Austin Powers series, is a young Robert Wagner. Robert was positively scrumptious back in his day and he caught my eye as a young GI in the wonderful film A Song in My Heart. His eyes seem both innocent and cheeky at the same time.
Robert was married to the equally genetically blessed Natalie Wood twice and they were on their second marriage when Natalie sadly drowned in a freak accident. Poor guy.

The young Robert actually reminds me of photographs of my late Opa, who was known for being a bit of a fox in his youth. I sometimes think I may have inherited my partiality for beautiful boys from my Oma. Can I possibly blame her for all the trouble I've got into over the years?
And for anyone who hasn't seen Susan Hayward playing singer Jane Froman in the biopic With a Song in My Heart, I highly recommend it. Susan's performance is phenomenal and the story is a really intriguing one, with plenty of drama, great songs and some pretty frocks to boot.


Andi B. Goode said...

Oh, you have no idea how bad I'm swooning, right now!
I have a bizarre desire to travel back in time and be Rock Hudson's faghag. I think he'd be the best gay-boyfriend ever!
-Andi x
PS Don't feel shallow. I spend half the time I watch a movie perving on all the handsome vintage men. ;]

FrivolousFlapper said...

oh Paul Newman was so unbelievably hot in those pictures....as was Montgomery Clift. Wow!

lauren said...

Paul Newman, swoon swoon swoon, sexiest man ever! And I loved how he stayed married to one woman through his life, so rad!

Blondie said...

Wow amazing photos honey! Those Paul Newman ones are to die for! I appreciate all your sweet comments on my blog. I don't have an agent. In fact, I'm far from it. I have no idea how to even start. Just entered this National Novel Writing Month and have committed to writing the novel by the end of November. Have a great day doll! Kori xoox

Bug said...

This is a great post - hhmmmm... gorgeous guys!!!

Louise said...

You are right Andi. And Elizabeth Taylor got to have two gay boyfriends, as she was close with both Rock and Monty Clift. What a lucky lady.