Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Old Postcard Wednesday--Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California

This is the boulevard of dreams, yet there is nothing here.
- attributed to a character in film titled Hollywood Boulevard

I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star. - Natalie Portman

A movie star is not an artist, he is an art object. -Richard Schickel

If God doesn't destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. - Jay Leno

I used to think as I looked at the Hollywood night, "there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest. -Marilyn Monroe

Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you're just fair game. -Greta Garbo

We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to. -Bette Davis

Ah, stardom! They put your name on a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and you walk down and find a pile of dog manure on it. That tells the whole story, baby. -Lee Marvin


the watercats said...

I went there once when I was a kid, (my one and only time abroad). I remember being hugely unimpressed.. by everything in L.A! I didn't even like the chocolate. I spent two weeks there and have no outstanding memories apart from the fact that we left in the snow, flew over nothing but snow and landed in 80 degree heat. I liked the weather! lol

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

It only seems natural to want to visit there, but I just don't care to?!?!

Maybe it's because there is far too much pavement ;)

Kim said...

I love old postcard day! And I particularly love this post--both the postcard and the quotes.

I've never been, but I'd love to go. Especially before that whole Soddom and Gommorah thing happens.

Looking to the Stars said...

I love the old postcard, it lets you see what it used to be. Today its not as beautiful and grand but once it held total magic! I love the sayings from the actors and actresses. Cool post, thanks :)

Terry said...

Thank you ,that was a rather moving post.A film Noir kind of magic moment that is fleeting yet lingers somewhere in the back of your memory .
I really enjoy visiting your blog .
I always get the feeling that I have done my morning pages from the Artist Way whenever I stop by.
It's been a long time since I 've had this kind of feeling.It is really quite nice.
You have a very special place here
I am so glad your sharing.
Thank you.
Have a fabulous week.

Lydia said...

@the watercats- I think it's sad that LA is your only travel spot in the U.S. Fortunately, it's still not representative of most of the rest of the country. When I was little our family went to Santa Monica, where my mother lived in high school. We didn't go into LA at all.

@Wayfaring Wanderer- I have zilch inclination to travel to LA. There are far too many more places I want to see, that my soul needs, and LA doesn't qualify!

@Kim- I hope you do get to see it sometime then. I would like to see more of southern California, the places you don't hear about.....

@Looking to the Stars- You have a feeling for the place, or the time, I can tell. I do so love the old movies from the real glory days of Hollywood.

@Terry- I am as close to speechless after reading your comments as I've been since I started this blog. Really. Your words lifted my spirits and made my week! Thank you so much. :)

Marie Reed said...

I lived in California for years and never made it to Hollywood! I rather think that I was subconsciously avoiding it...afraid of the how it's changed... I like the glittering glamorous Hollywood of my imagination better the the real McCoy!

Lydia said...

@Marie Reed- That surprises me that you lived in California. Were you originally from France, though?
I liked the way you explained never visiting Hollywood while there.

Aimee said...

Great postcard! I love the quotes that accompanied it too!

Lydia said...

@Aimee- Thanks much! I'm glad you found my Wednesday postcard and I'm coming to see if you have one posted for Postcard Friendship Friday (I'm guessing that's how you found me).

Beth Niquette said...

Indeed! What an interesting blog. Wonderful postcard. Thank you for sharing and happy PFF!

Lydia said...

@Beth- I'm glad you liked it and, of course, it's great having you here!



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