Archive | Gloria Swanson

Hollywood Cocktails and Canapés Party 4, part 2

Cripes.  This party took place in September 2014, so my memories are now pretty dim, but this has just got to come off my “to do” list…  The first part of my report was written soon after the party (sensible) and is here…  My notes don’t help much as many Betty Balfour cocktails had been […]

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The Women of Old Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard

Oh goodness, I am on a panel – I am bricking it. 3 July 2012 – 6.30pm – tickets are £10 Looking In, Looking Out Festival, Conway Hall London Bidisha leads a high-kicking whirl through Hollywood history and a celebration of the brilliant women who co-founded Hollywood, with film experts, critics, Old Hollywood fans and film lovers Jenny […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Bar-Le-Duc

I am thrilled to announce that our Gloria Swanson Bar-Le-Duc won SECOND PRIZE in its class at the Women’s Institute Real Jam Festival this weekend.  And as my mum put it, “those WI Judges are VERY picky!”  Indeed they are, and as you know, we were very picky too – picking all the pips out of […]

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Silver Screen Sunday – Sunset Boulevard Luncheon

Oh what a fabulous lunch!  Jane, Trix, Sophie and Joshua came all dolled up in their Sunset Boulevard finery and I wore the leopard print housecoat I bought in Miami.  On the menu: Gloria Swanson’s Champagne Cocktail Gloria Swanson’s Caviar Canapes William Holden’s Lime Gelatine with Cashew Nuts, Carrots and Stuffed Olives (no kidding) Cecil […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Bar-Le-Duc

Today I spent about 5 hours picking the seeds out of redcurrants with a goose quill.  I kid you not.  This is the traditional way of preparing the fruit for the most expensive jam in the world.  No wonder! My Shellac Sister Veronica’s dad had a wonderful crop of redcurrants so we picked them fresh […]

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Gloria Swanson Frock Contest Part 2!

The wonderful portrait painter Brian Dennis won this dress – designed by Gloria Swanson – in our recent competition.  He is now spreading the love and running his own contest for one lucky lady (or indeed a slender man) to have their portrait painted in the legendary frock!  If the dress is not your size […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Butterless Devil’s Food Cake

Oh my goodness! It is with much excitement that I report that the first edition of Vintage Life magazine is out and it has my article on GLORIA in it. Oh how very lovely! I am going to try and link to it here… http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/588/1101/6824/3/49/0/ I had heared nothing from the editor for months so […]

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Oliver Hardy’s Spaghetti Sauce

Ah, Sunday afternoon and Columbo on the tele. Heavenly. Again, I have a humdinger of a hangover and red wine lips. Temperance month is not really happening is it? I’m cooking some of Ollie’s Spaghetti Sauce in an attempt to feel better. It was a wonderful evening last night chez Jean. It was Oscars night, […]

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Gloria Swanson Frock Competition

This month I have decided to run a competition. This dress – designed by Gloria Swanson for her “Forever Young” label is the prize. It still has the original tag and so presumably has never been worn. Very stylish with a lovely bow detail on the shoulder. I think it is about a size 14 […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Caviar Canapes

“They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who’ve we got now? Some nobodies!” Oh Lord, I have an almighty hangover. The ladies of the book group came round last night and I think I drank 5 times as much as the rest put together. Maybe I was nervous […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Butterless Devil’s Food Cake

“Hollywood abounded with driven creatures endlessly looking for solace or compensation in alcohol, drugs, and sex.” Well after the weekend I’ve just had the same could be said of North London Gloria. I am still reeling from Nazimova’s party, I was so out of control my ears are still ringing… Still, to the cooking. To […]

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