It’s fun to know a celebrity actually enjoyed a bit of baking! Following is a Katherine Hepburn brownie recipe as published in Ladies Home Journal in the year 1975.
These are rich and decadent, so a small square goes a long way in satisfaction and flavor!
Katherine Hepburn Brownies: The Recipe
First, melt two squares of unsweetened chocolate and 1/4 pound sweet butter (1 stick) in a heavy saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in 1-cup of sugar. Add 2 eggs along with 1/2-teaspoon real vanilla and beat like mad.
Stir in 1/4-cup flour, 1/4-teaspoon salt and a cup of chopped walnuts – not smashed up, you know, but just chopped into fairly good sized pieces.
Now mix all that up. Then you butter a square tin (8 x 8 inches) and dump the whole thing quickly into the pan. Stuff this pan into a pre-heated 325-degree oven for 40 minutes. After that, take out the pan and let it cool for awhile. Then cut into 1-1/2-inch squares and dive right in.
Food Editor’s Note: We tested this recipe in our Ladies Home Journal test kitchens, and it received accolades all around. Since you use only 1/4 cup flour (rather than the 1/2 or 3/4 cup ordinarily called for), the brownies have a wonderful pudding-like texture. In fact, if they are cut warm, you could almost eat them with a fork (which is no drawback, we assure you).
About Katherine Hepburn
Katherine Hepburn was an incredibly unique woman who forged her own path and her own destiny. Stories leaked out that she was haughty off-screen, but what it really amounted to, was that she refused to play the Hollywood game. She didn’t care to pose for pictures or gave interviews. She enjoyed wearing slacks and no make-up, being somewhat of a Tomboy. Hepburn’s story is interesting and rewarding – she always remained true to herself, not Hollywood.
To read more about her, check out her complete bio on IMDB.
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Randolph Scott All American Actor
Randolph Scott was a handsome all American leading man who developed into one of Hollywood’s greatest and most popular Western stars. Mr. Scott, another one of the great actors of yesteryear, was best friends with Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, and the Rev. Billy Graham. He was a conservative Republican and one of Hollywood’s biggest supporters of Ronald Reagan as governor of California. Read more about this amazing man on IMDB.
My retirement is both voluntary and involuntary. One reason, and this is voluntary, is the impact of television. All old movies are turning up on television, and frankly making pictures doesn’t interest me anymore. Another reason is that the film industry is in a declining state.
George Randolph Scott was born on January 23, 1898 and passed away on March 2, 1987. He was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. That’s a total of 34 years and a whole lot of movies!
Movie Offerings on Mayda Mart
The following movies are available here if they’re linked. If not, they are available by special request. Just use my contact form to let me know which ones you’d like to buy. Thank you.
Mr. Scott was a powerhouse when it came to making movies. He made so many and I do take special requests, if there is something in particular you’re looking for. If I can find it for you, we can work out the arrangements, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Did You Know?
Randolph Scott was hired to coach Gary Cooper in a Virginia dialect for The Virginian (1929) and played a bit part in the film.
I offer a nice, printable 8×10 memorial photo of Randolph Scott in honor of him as one of the great American actors of all time.
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Bette Davis Classic Movies
Bette Davis made so many wonderful classic movies dating back to the 1930s. She was an incredible, unique actress, an exceptional claim to fame all her own. She was good at being bad, both in movies and in her day-to-day life!
While in many ways Bette Davis could appear bigger than life, she was also vulnerable in her own ways, just like any one of us. She described the last three decades of her life as a “my macabre period“. She hated being alone at night and found growing older “terrifying”. I should think many of us relate to those feelings. During her life, she spent the majority of her wealth supporting her mother, three children, and four husbands.
She was amazing, sassy, tough and lovable all at the same time – not to mention a real treat to watch, no matter her role.
Quotes From Bette Davis
- I wouldn’t piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.
- Getting old is not for sissies.
- What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
- To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
- I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I think I just can’t play myself. I don’t know how! But, if you give me a drink – give me a cigarette – give me a gun – I’ll play any old bag you want me to. I just can’t play myself!
- The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.
The above quotes (and many more), along with the entire bio of Bette Davis can be found on IMDB.
Bette Davis Movies
Available by Request
- 1934 – Fog Over Frisco
- 1936 – The Golden Arrow
- 1938 – The Sisters
- 1941 – The Great Lie
- 1932 – The Rich Are Always With Us
- 1943 – Watch on the Rhine
- 1946 – Deception
- 1948 – Winter Meeting
- 1949 – Beyond the Forest
- 1950 – All About Eve
- 1956 – Catered Affair
- 1965 – The Nanny
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Joel McCrea Movies Westerns and More
Joel McCrea movies spanned far more than Westerns – and he was good at every role he played!
Joel McCrea was one of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in many non-Westerns as well. He was born November 5, 1905, and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood – South Pasadena to be precise. He grew to become 6-feet 2-inches tall! He had a full and successful career in movies and was one of the rare actors who had a good heart, and knew how to pass that goodness on, even while he played a tough cowboy on screen. He passed on October 20, 1990 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
By the late Nineteen-Forties, Joel McCrea Movies were mostly focused on Westerns. He made few non-Westerns thereafter. He was immensely popular in them, and most of them still hold up well today.
Joel McCrea Historical Facts
- Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1969.
- Joel McCrea was infamously modest about his own acting abilities, often bordering on a soft-spoken contempt.
- He was married for 57 years to actress Frances Dee, who survived him.
- He was regarded as one of the two best riders in Western films along with Ben Johnson, who had been a real cowboy.
- McCrea raised his own horses, was a passionate outdoors man and large-scale rancher, invested wisely in livestock and real estate, was a staunch Republican and frugal millionaire.
- Joel McCrea was a true boy scout – can you just imagine what he’d think of that organization today – allowing girls and those who think they’re girls?
- He died on his 57th wedding anniversary.
- McCrea met the real Wyatt Earp in Hollywood in 1928 and ended up playing the iconic lawman in 1955’s “Wichita.” He later played Bat Masterson in “The Gunfight at Dodge City” in 1959.
- McCrea admitted late in life that he made much more money in real estate investments than he ever did in movies.
Source of above Historical Facts: IMDB.
Joel McCrea Quote
“I always felt so much more comfortable in the Western. The minute I got a horse and a hat and a pair of boots on, I felt easier. I didn’t feel like I was an actor anymore. I felt like I was the guy out there doing it.” (1978)
Joel McCrea Movies Available
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Doris Day Movies
Doris Day movies will all tell you that Doris Day’s acting couldn’t help but make you smile! She was always upbeat, lit up the screen with her brilliant smile and had a “spunky” way about her that was difficult not to like! From her expressions to her body language, she proved herself to be one great actress. Never mind the fact that she could sing and dance, too.
Doris Day Movies From the Beginning
Her first starring movie role was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It’s a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.
In 1953, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her film making pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960).
Did You Know?
- It was during the location filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) when she saw how camels, goats and other “animal extras” in a marketplace scene were being treated that began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse.
- Doris Day did not like profanity. (Smart lady!) As a recording artist, she would require anyone who swore to put a quarter in a “swear jar“. In addition, she does not allow her songs to be used in movies that contain swear words.
- Doris Day is a staunch supporter of the Republican Party. Due to the nature of hatred and filth in Hollywood, she practices the old but respectful practice of “Silence is King” in matters such as this.
- After her Pillow Talk (1959) co-star Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985, Day told the press that she had never known he was a homosexual.
- Doris Day’s childhood idol was Ginger Rogers, with whom she starred in Storm Warning (1951).
- Doris Day briefly dated Ronald Reagan – with whom she co-starred in Storm Warning (1951) and The Winning Team (1952) – shortly after his divorce from Jane Wyman when she and Reagan were contract players at Warner Brothers.
- Her dreams of a dancing career were dashed when a car accident on October 13, 1937, badly damaged her legs. Doris Day spent most of her teenage years wheelchair-bound and during this time began singing on the radio.
- Doris Day underwent a hysterectomy during the filming of Julie (1956) after being diagnosed with a tumor the size of a grapefruit that was growing into her intestines.
- Doris Day’s only child, Terry Melcher, died of melanoma on November 19, 2004, aged 62.
- [2014 quote from Doris Day] “Would you believe I’m still offered scripts and projects all the time? Every once in a while I think about working again, but they don’t make the kind of movies I made anymore! It’s a different world.”
Source of above trivia: IMDB
Doris Day – definitely a great role model.
If interested in some of her movies, I can do a custom order for you for any of the following (use my contact form to let me know what you’d like and we’ll go from there).
Chronological, by year, list of Doris Day movies.
- 1948 – Romance on the High Seas
- 1949 – It’s a Great Feeling
- 1949 – My Dream is Yours
- 1950 – Storm Warning
- 1950 – Tea For Two
- 1950 – The West Point Story
- 1950 – Young Man With a Horn
- 1951 – I’ll See You In My Dreams
- 1951 – Lullaby of Broadway
- 1951 – On Moonlight Bay
- 1951 – Starlift
- 1952 – April In Paris
- 1952 – By the Light of the Silvery Moon
- 1952 – The Winning Team
- 1953 – Calamity Jane
- 1954 – Young At Heart
- 1955 – Love Me or Leave Me
- 1955 – Lucky Me
- 1955 – The Man Who Knew Too Much
- 1956 – Julie
- 1957 – Teachers Pet
- 1957 – The Pajama Game
- 1958 – The Tunnel Of Love
- 1959 – It Happened to Jane
- 1959 – Pillow Talk
- 1960 – Midnight Lace
- 1960 – Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
- 1962 – Billy Rose’s Jumbo
- 1962 – That Touch of Mink
- 1963 – Lover Come Back
- 1963 – Move Over, Darling
- 1964 – Send Me No Flowers
- 1965 – Do Not Disturb
- 1966 – The Glass Bottom Boat
- 1967 – Caprice
- 1967 – The Ballad of Josie
- 1967 – The Thrill of it All
- 1968 – With Six You Get Eggroll
Doris Day, Age 95