Friday, October 29, 2010

[02] COUNTDOWN to HALLOWEEN: Zombie Walk of Fame

Here is your promised treat to end up your work week... these are just some of my Zombie Walk of Fame Divas! Get a good long gander boys... don't they look enticing? They'll look even better blown out in full color over the next few months. From the 101 Zombies featured in this series, I had a hard time narrowing it down for this post tonight. Among those that didn't even make the cut were Marilyn Monroe, Winona Ryder, Betty Grable, and others. I envy your fresh eyes, enjoy...

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn was THE starlet of Hollywood in the 1950's and early 60's. She starred along side literally every leading man in the film industry in her day. Hepburn's last motion picture role, a cameo appearance, was as an angel in a Steven Spielberg's Always, filmed in 1988. She dedicated most of her latter life to humanitarianism in the world abroad. Marilyn is famous for singing Happy Birthday, Mr. President to JFK but Audrey sang at what turned out to be his last birthday one year later in 1953. She sang Happy Birthday, Dear Jack... a creeepy fact to start you down the Zombie Walk of Fame tonight.

Barbara Streisand
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Barbara Streisand encompasses the very definition of diva. From film to music to her famous catering demands, she defines Hollywood stardom, right? This is why we zombified her up real good. The trick with a lot of these portraits was to get the gore in but still maintain enough of the face so that they are recognizable.

Jayne Mansfield Zombie
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Jayne Mansfield was a platinum bomb-shell sex symbol of the 1950's. She appeared in Playboy magazine several times and had a notable film career, even winning a Golden Globe. Only the good and gorgeous die young- a car accident claimed her life at the age of 34. I didn't have the heart to gore the gal up so much considering. This one rates by far the sexiest on the list.

Liza Minelli
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Liza Minelli is the daughter of Judy Garland and film director, Vincente Minelli. This full blown diva was practically raised at MGM studios. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1972's Cabaret. I had no qualms skinning her up real good. (Never been much of a fan.) In choosing many of my subjects, I was looking for recognizable faces. I ended up doing a few celebrities I really didn't care for that much but learned to take immense joy when it came time to adding all the messy details.

Lucille Ball
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Lucille Ball is most famous for her 1950's sitcom, I Love Lucy and four subsequent spin-off shows based on the same character for which she received 13 Emmy nominations. Before the fame and super-stardom, Lucille was known among the in-circles as the "Queen of B's" (as in B-movies.) Now she's a legend. I couldn't resist adding the heart, reminiscent of her first show's opening title sequence.

Mary Tyler Moore
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Mary Tyler Moore made a name for herself on The Dick Van Dyke show and then a sitcom by her own name. I really did this one for my dad. I remember him sitting up late and watching her religiously on Nick at Nite and explaining to me how he and his friends waited weekly for the show to air originally back in the 70's. I pretty sure this gal might have been the first great love of his life.

Meryl Streep
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Meryl Streep has Hollywood super powers. She's been nominated for 16 Academy Awards alone. When I think Meryl Streep, I think Death Becomes Her. In the film, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep both take a potion which allows them to never age. A never-ending battle ensues between the two where they blow holes in each other with shotguns, break one another's necks, etc. Director Robert Zemeckis gave us some really neat special effects for the time (1992).

Susan Sarandon
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Susan Sarandon
is our last diva of the night. She's a spit-fire liberal and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Dead Man Walking. In the movie, Sarandon plays a nun trying to convince a convicted killer on death row (played by Sean Penn) to confess his sins to be saved before his execution. One of my favorite acting scenes ever between the two where Penn tells her the story of the first time he got drunk with his father. His dad took him into a local bar and told him to pick the bottle he wanted. He said, "Give me the one with the pretty turkey on it."

I hope you enjoyed the Diva selections from the Zombie Walk of Fame as we count down to Halloween. Only two posts left! Check back in this weekend!

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