Posts tagged "1970s"

Iman, photographed by Peter Marlow in London’s Hyde Park in 1979. Photo: Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos.

Happy Birthday Billy Dee Williams! 77 years of #smooth! He was born William December Williams in Harlem with his twin sister Loretta and graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, the school that would later become known for the film and the television series, “Fame.” He was on scholarship at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design when he returned to the acting he dabbled in as a child. He spent a few years doing small roles in theater before getting his first film role in the 1959 film, “The Last Angry Man.” Many of us swoon and think of Mr. Williams’s in “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Mahogany” with Diana Ross of course. However, the breakthrough role that opened the door for those parts was in the film “Brian’s Song,” as Chicago Bears football player, Gale Sayers. The film was based on Mr. Sayer’s friendship with his teammate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer at age 26 in 1970. Mr. Williams told Roger Ebert in 1975, “Right before “Brian’s Song” there was a period when I was very despondent, broke, depressed, my first marriage was on the rocks. The role of Gale Sayers had been cast with Lou Gossett, and then he hurt himself playing basketball. I was called in to read for the role. I was their last choice, and I knew it. I was very down, and I read the role that way, and the chemistry with Caan was good, so they hired me. That was the turning point. Sometimes I think there are spiritual forces that guide me and protect me, and know where to take me.” Photo: People magazine.

Happy Belated 61st birthday Chaka Khan!!! Your March 23rd birthday kicks off Diva Birthday Week at VBG. We love you! Photo: Neal Preston/Corbis.

Billy Dee Williams arrives at the Academy Awards on March 28, 1973. Mr. Williams, a presenter that night, appeared as Louis McKay in “Lady Sings the Blues” which was nominated for five Oscars. Photo: Corbis.

Billy Dee Williams arrives at the Academy Awards on March 28, 1973. Mr. Williams, a presenter that night, appeared as Louis McKay in “Lady Sings the Blues” which was nominated for five Oscars. Photo: Corbis.

#NYFW: A pair of pioneers: Model and entrepreneur  Bethann Hardison and fashion designer Stephen Burrows at the opening party for “Tommy” in March 1975. Photo: Corbis

#NYFW: A pair of pioneers: Model and entrepreneur Bethann Hardison and fashion designer Stephen Burrows at the opening party for “Tommy” in March 1975. Photo: Corbis

Unidentified woman, 1970s. This is not Leslie Uggams, even though this woman has been mistakenly identified as her lately online. I was curious to find out who she was, so I did a little digging. If this website is correct, this woman is apparently one of hundreds who tried out for jobs as in strip clubs in Southern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For the prurient minded, the women on the site are in various states of.. full dress. 

Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to seeing all of you in 2014 happily clutching your copy of my Vintage Black Glamour coffee table book! In this photo, we have 1970s singing superstars The Three Degrees: Fayette Pinckney, Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday. They were toasting the success of their smash, “When Will I See You Again” in 1974, but let this be my toast to all of you for being the best! Happy New Year! ~ Nichelle Gainer

Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to seeing all of you in 2014 happily clutching your copy of my Vintage Black Glamour coffee table book! In this photo, we have 1970s singing superstars The Three Degrees: Fayette Pinckney, Sheila Ferguson and Valerie Holiday. They were toasting the success of their smash, “When Will I See You Again” in 1974, but let this be my toast to all of you for being the best! Happy New Year! ~ Nichelle Gainer