Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day 2017

My regular readers know that for most holidays I post classic pinups. Today being Canada Day I thought I would post pictures of classic Canadian actresses, as well as two more recent Canadian patriotic pinups. By the way, as Canada Days go, this is one of the bigger ones. It was on July 1 1867 that the Canadian Confederation was officially proclaimed, marking the foundation of what we now call Canada. Originally it only consisted of four provinces:  Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This is then Canada's 150th birthday!

Without further ado, here are the pinups!

First up is Fay Wray, possibly the first scream queen ever. She's best known today for King Kong, but she also appeared in such films as The Most Dangerous Game, The Vampire Bat, Mystery of the Wax Museum, and even Tammy and the Bachelor!

Many people might think of Ann Rutherford as being as American as apple pie, but she was actually born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Besides playing Polly in the "Andy Hardy" series, she also appeared in Gone With the Wind, A Christmas Carol (1938), and Pride and Prejudice (1940).

Deanna Durbin was best known for her incredible voice, but, as you can see, she was also extremely beautiful. Her movies were so successful that she is often credited with single-handedly keeping Universal afloat during the Forties! Among her films were Three Smart Girls (1936), First Love (1939), The Amazing Mrs. Holiday (1943), and Lady on a Train (1945).

Today most people know Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster, but in her day she was both a major movie star and a popular pinup. Her career was still going strong in the Sixties when she starred in The Munsters! Among the films in which she starred were Salome, Where She Danced (1945), The Desert Hawk (1950), The Captain's Paradise (1953), The Ten Commandments (1956), and McLintock! (1963).

Ruta Lee is probably a familiar face to viewers of classic television, having appeared in everything from Perry Mason to Murder, She Wrote. Miss Lee also has had a successful movie career, appearing in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Marjonie Morningstar (1958), and Sergeants 3 (1962). Of the stars I have included so far, Miss Lee is the only one still with us. I do believe she appeared at the last Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival!

Here is a Canadian patriotic pinup! Kelli Baker is a model from Toronto, Ontario. She's appeared in magazines from Canadian Sports Magazine to FHM Australia. If you'd like to see more of Kelli, her website is at Kelli Online.

 Finally, here is Kelly Abbass. Kelly and I have been online friends since the days of MySpace. She is a model, an actress, and a singer. With Steph Dilts she is one half of the music duo Pristine. Kelly's husband Steve Dilts is a very talented photographer and takes many of her modelling photos. If you'd like to see more of Kelly, her website is at The One and Only Kelly Abbass. If you want to hear Pristine, their Facebook page is here.
Happy Canada Day!

1 comment:

Caftan Woman said...

Thanks for the good wishes and the photos.

Happy Independence Day! Remember, Canadians make the best Americans - presidents (Raymond Massey), ranchers (Lorne Greene), attorneys (Raymond Burr) and starship captains (William Shatner).