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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Vintage Style Icon-Hellen Broderick

Sunday, August 11th, marks the birthday of an actress who appeared in some of the most stylishly influential American films.  Helen Broderick,  was a comic supporting character in the Astaire-Rogers films Top Hat and Swing Time.  She started her career in the 1900s as a chorus girl and moved onto lead stage roles by the 20s.  By the the time she began appearing in films in the 1930s Ms. Broderick was already in her forties, an age when at the time a women was considered a bit past her prime.  While Ginger Rogers as the young star certainly got the most dramatic, and the best costumes, Helen Broderick had some pretty cute outfits too, and with her pitch perfect comic timing she stole plenty of scenes.  Below are a few of her best looks.






3 comments:

  1. Great post! I just watched Swing Time again a couple of weeks ago (it's one of, if not my very, favourite Ginger Rogers movies) and found myself reflecting afterwards on Helen's character and the widespread use in movies of the era of having a wise cracking, smart, capable middle aged woman as a central or supporting character. This role still exists in Hollywood of course, I don't think one runs into her nearly as often from the early 60s onward (and I'd argue that this role's real heyday was the 30s and 40s).

    ♥ Jessica

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  2. We remember seeing her now we have seen your stills. Brings back fond memories of those movies. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Will have to have a nostalgic movie weekend and watch some from that era.

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