I’ve often wondered why some stars of Old Hollywood have collectibles and merchandise that seem to be everywhere, while merch for other stars… who are just as deserving!….. are sparsely (if at all) available.
I love Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, and James Dean as much as the next person BUT where are all of the Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, James Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Veronica Lake, Betty Grable, Fred Astaire, Claudette Colbert, Helen Hayes, Ray Milland, Ginger Rogers, Glenn Ford, and William Powell figurines, dolls, posters, wall quotes, handbags, statues, and whatnot?!
Where can I find merchandise as a fan of Olivia de Havilland, Butterfly McQueen, Hattie McDaniel, Vivien Leigh, and Clark Gable – aside from just the GWTW collectibles?
Where are the collectibles for Abbott and Costello and Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin?? How about Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall?
Okay, enough ranting. You get the point. I truly wish there were collectibles and posters for a wider (much wider) variety of Hollywood’s Golden Era’s stars. There were so many of them and those of us who love and cherish this period want to remember and embrace more of them.
Fortunately, if you look hard enough (do I ever?!), you can find a lot of the stars I mentioned above – as well as others I simply ran out of time to type.
The gorgeous Lana Turner is one of my absolute favorites. She was out of this world talented and had so much onscreen charisma – honestly, she had more than most actors/actresses of her time or ANY time. How she isn’t on as many posters and hanging on as many walls as Marilyn is beyond me.
I’m ranting again, aren’t I?
I have found some remarkably beautiful (how could they be anything but, given the subject?) posters of Lana on Amazon and they’re very affordable. Click through any of the links to see the entire collection.