Back on Track + Announcing The 4th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon!

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After publishing my essay on Spellbound earlier today, I’m back with more Ingrid Bergman stuff as I decided to announce the 4th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! Hey, I finished 2 hours earlier at work, so why not taking the occasion to do so! 🙂 I must admit I hesitated before hosting this blogathon again because I seem to have less and less participants each year, but I must admit I miss hosting blogathons and Ingrid Bergman is too extraordinary not to be celebrated annually! 🙂 Plus, I might not be able to host it in 2019. So here we (me and Ingrid) are again!

So, from August 27 to 29, 2018, the Swedish goddess will once again be venerated!

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The 4th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon has for objective to remember Ingrid on her 103rd birthday but also her 36th death anniversary. It is created for fans to share their love and admiration toward this marvelous actress and share with us some a collection of always worth reading articles!

If you wish to participate in this most amazing event, please read the following steps and rules:

1- Choose a subject by commenting on this article or sending me an email at virginie.pronovost@gmail.com, or via The Wonderful World of Cinema Facebook Page. Please indicate the name of your blog + the URL.

  • It can be anything related to Ingrid Bergman. An essay about one of her films, her life, actors she collaborated with, or even her children such as actress and model Isabella Rossellini!
  • No duplicate. As there is a multitude of subjects to discuss in connection with Ingrid Bergman, I’ll ask you not to choose one that has already been claimed (except if it’s something very vague like a personal tribute).
  • Can I write more than one entry? Yes, but I will allow a maximum of two entries/person.
  • Can I participate if I don’t have a blog? Sure! Just mail me your article at virginie.pronovost@gmail.com and I will add it to my blog as a guest post!
  • Note: All articles must be new material.

2- Once your subject has been approved, please help me spread the world by sharing one of these banners on your blog! This year concept: on the set photos of Ingrid Bergman with a mirror effect! You can also help me promote the blogathon on various social medias (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, etc.)

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3- The event will take place from August 27 to August 29, 2018. When it will begins on the 27, I will update a new post where you’ll be able to submit your entries in the comments section.

4- A few requests:

  • If you don’t like Ingrid Bergman, this blogathon might not be for you. This is an event to celebrate her. Plus, any articles that seem disrespectful toward Ingrid Bergman or that shows that you clearly don’t like her won’t be included in this blogathon.
  • If you want to participate, please subscribe! I know it sounds stupid, but don’t write an article on Ingrid Bergman and then assume I will include it to the blogathon if you haven’t subscribe first. I do accept last minute subscription, but subcsribe!
  • Please, mention my blog and the event in your article and also share the link to the other entries. Make sure to share the one I’ll post on the 27th, not this one. Blogathons are like big get-together!

5- If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂

To help you, here are the subjects that have already been claimed:

  • Stromboli
  • Casablanca
  • Indiscreet
  • Anastasia
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Notorious
  • Cactus Flower
  • Ingrid Bergman as a feminist icon
  • Spellbound
  • Ingrid Bergman : In Her Own Words
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

Here are the participants and their subjects

Cinematic ScribblingsStromboli (1950)

Taking Up RoomCasablanca (1942)

Realweegiemidget ReviewsIndiscreet (1958)

Maddy Loves Her Classic FilmsAnastasia (1956)

The Stop ButtonAutumn Sonata (1978)

Thoughts All SortsNotorious (1946)

The Midnite Drive-InCactus Flower (1958)

Three Enchanting Ladies – Ingrid Bergman: Power and Feminism

A Shroud of ThoughtsSpellbound (1945)

Crítica RetrôIngrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)

The Hitless Wonder Movie BlogFor Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

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So, I can’t wait to be back in August for this big celebration!

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Many Thanks to All the Participants of the 3rd Golden Boy Blogathon!

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This annual event is already over (boooo) and, as always, it has been a real treat to read all your entries honouring the wonderful actor that William Holden was! I shared them all individually on this Facebook group dedicated to the Golden Boy and the Holdeners enjoyed them very much!

I also have to thanks, once again, my precious co-hosts, Michaela and Emily (Millennials crew!!) who kindly accepted to help me host the blogathon this year. I don’t think it would have been possible otherwise!

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If you missed some of the entries (because being shared on 3 different blogs, it could happen), here they are all, one more time. I invite you to read as many as possible because they are all worthy.

Anybody Got A Match?William Holden and Audrey Hepburn

Caftan Woman The Remarkable Andrew (1942)

Cinema CitiesWilliam Holden’s Oscar Nominated Performances

Coffee, Classics,  & CrazinessWilliam Holden as Major Kendall in The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Crítica Retrô – William Holden’s Guide to a Picnic (1955)

DubsismSports Analogies Hidden in Classic Movies – Volume 12: Stalag 17

DubsismSports Analogies Hidden in Classic Movies – Volume 13 : Network

Four Star Films Picnic (1955)

Juliette Campbell (Guest at The Wonderful World of Cinema) – William Holden as Erik Erichon in The Counterfeit Traitor

LA ExplorerSpotlight on William Holden in The Fleet’s In

Love Letters to Old HollywoodThe Ramblings of a Scatterbrain on Born Yesterday (1950)

Mr. William HoldenBreezy

Musings of a Classic Film AddictMy Tribute to William Holden

Old Hollywood FilmsThe ‘La At Last’ Episode of I Love Lucy

Realweegiemidget ReviewsDamien: Omen II (1978)

Taking Up Room Unintended Consequences

The Flapper DameHolden 100 – Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

The Midnite Drive-InFighting the Good Fight

The Stop Button The Moon Is Blue (1953, Otto Preminger)

The Story EnthusiastDear Ruth (1947)

The Wonderful World of Cinema William Holden from A to Z

Thoughts All SortA Wild Bunch…

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Whimsically ClassicMiss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)

William Holden Centenary couldn’t have been more entertaining! I would like to say “see you next year” but I’m no 100% sure I’ll be in Montreal next April and able to host, so I’ll say: see you next time, for more Golden Holden festivities!

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William Holden from A to Z

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For his centenary that we celebrated yesterday (but that I still continue to celebrate today), I wanted to do something new to hounour the fantastic William Holden! So, I thought I would explore his life and the man he was and the man he is to us through a fun ABC-Book (blog format). So here it is, William Holden from A to Z!

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A is for Actor

Hum, just in case you didn’t know he was one! But I don’t think you’ll be reading this post! And what a wonderful actor he was! Three-time Oscar-nominee (including one win), a variety of roles from 1939 to 1981, and always a brilliant on-screen presence! Blogathon worthy for sure! 😉

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B is for Billy Wilder

We have to thank this legendary writer-director for the Golden Boy shine by including him in some of his best films! As Keisha from Cinema Cities writes it, Sunset Boulevard is the film that really allowed William to receive high recognition! And to me, this is the best movie ever made. Here’s your ego booster Bill! The actor won an Oscar for Stalag 17, and Sabrina was an iconic collaboration between him and the loveliest actress, Audrey Hepburn. Fedora is a more forgettable one, but I was agreeably surprised by it!

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C is for co-actresses

We’ve mentioned Audrey Hepburn. William Holden formed unforgettable duos with his co-actresses: Barbara Stanwyck who believed in him put him on the map with Golden Boy, Grace Kelly made 1954 the Holden-Kelly year, Audrey Hepburn made us dream on several occasions, Nancy Olson seized the actor’s fun side, Gloria Swanson created a clash of generations, Kim Novak made our boy dance, and we could go on and on.

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D is for “don’t confuse!”

Because interestingly enough, there’s also a character actor named William Holden. He played in late silent films and early talkies. This is a bit like the two Peter Graves (the British and the American one), or Stewart Granger’s real name being James Stewart. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a photo of this other actor.

E is for Eyes

Dark hair and blue eyes is just pretty much the perfect look for me. And Golden Holden had it all! Such kind eyes.

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F is for Franklin Beedle Jr.

Yes, because the one who is known today as William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle Jr. It’s a cute name (“Beedle” is very fun to say. Try it), but to have his own name (I mean not his father’s name) was probably a good idea.

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G is for Golden Boy

Golden Boy is not only the first film with Bill in a leading role but also the nickname that many of his fans give him. Well, look at the name of this blogathon! And Bill was golden on every level.

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H is for Holdeners 

And Holdeners is how we, the William Holden’s fans community, call ourselves. A true Holdener is, well, obsessed with the man! I think we should create the Holdeners’ Commandments. Humm…

I is for Illinois

This is the state where William Beedle (hehe) was born. It was more precisely in O’Fallon. Little Bill lived there until the age of 3 before moving to California with his family. The city organized festivities to celebrate the Centenary! That’s great of them! You can read more about it here.

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J is for Japan

According to imdb, William Holden had a great interest in Japanese culture. Hum, this makes a point in common between him and my other idol David Bowie!

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K is for King

Do I really need to explain?

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L is for Let’s Go

The iconic line said by the characters in The Wild Bunch, but more precisely by Pike Bishop (Holden), whenever they decide to leave someplace. I’m, of course, a proud owner of a “Let’s Go” t-shirt and, each time I hear this expression I think of the film!

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M is for March

Fredric March was one of the actors that William Holden admired immensely. They starred together in The Bridges At Toko-Ri and Executive Suite. March, just like Holden, was a highly talented figure of the Silver Screen.

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N is for Nine

Because nine of William Holden’s films were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars: Our Town, Born Yesterday, Sunset Boulevard, The Country Girl, Picnic, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Towering Inferno, and Network.

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Look how happy he is about it. 😉

O is for Oscar

Yes, because as it was previously mentioned, William won the Oscar for Stalag 17. I think he should have win for Sunset Boulevard as well! His Oscar-nominee performance in Network was brilliant as well. But I feel that three Oscar nominations for this legend is not enough, right? 😉

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P is for Professionalism

If there’s one quality that describes him quite well, it’s this one. For example, we know that he sadly had to struggle with alcoholism. As terrible as this is, it actually never showed on screen which proves his quality as a performer. In a Photoplay article written by his then secretary, she explains to the reader how much he did for his job and how involved he was!

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Q is for Question

If you could ask ONE question to Bill, what will it be? Ok, I lacked a bit of inspiration for that letter! You’re welcomed to answer in the comments!

R is for Recognition

When Barbara Stanwyck insisted on Bill to be his partner in Golden Boy she made him a huge favour by  believing in him and putting him on the map of future huge celebrities. Forever thankful, he sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming! (imdb)

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S is for Stephanie Power

Actress Stephanie Power was Bill’s partner from 1972 to his death. She was an important part of his life and I believe his relationship with her is actually more remembered than his actual marriage to Brenda Marshall. They both shared a common interest in animal welfare and, after his death, Stefanie created the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, dedicated to wildlife conservation and environmental studies for local people.

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T is for Tribute

That’s what we’re all doing right now by participating in this blogathon! Each year I’m impatient for Bill’s birthday to arrive so I can celebrate him! On Facebook, the group William Holden Tribute Page is, to me, the best community for his fans! People love him and are very friendly to each other! We also have our inside jokes! Yesterday, we synchronized ourselves to take a drink for this special occasion! Cheers! The page William Holden Tribute (yes, the names are similar but don’t get confused!) is also worth a visit for every Holdeners!

U is for 

Unique. Oh yes, he was (even if that other actor had the same name). And that’s why we admire him.

V is for versatility 

Another great quality that Holden has as an actor! He could be funny in Dear Ruth, serious in Sunset Boulevard, sassy in Stalag 17, tough in The Wild Bunch, romantic in Our Town, etc. This is why it’s a good idea to explore many of his films!

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W is for Wildlife Foundation

As I’ve mentioned it before, it was created by Stephanie Powers in memory of Bill’s interest for wildlife conservation. By the way, if you want to donate to the foundation click here.

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X is for xoxo

Because I send mentally send many kisses and hugs to Golden Holden for its centenary!

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Y is for Yummy

Because hey, he was a great actor for sure but let’s not kid ourselves: he was very yummy-sexy as well. 😉 Ladies and gentlemen get in line!

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Z is for Zodiac

This one is for me, as I and Holden are both Aries! This signed is considered to be passionate, extravagant, courageous, independent, ambitious. Yeah, I think some of these characteristics could fit our personalities. 😉

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I hope you enjoyed this! Of course, many different words could have been used for some of the letters (maybe not for x, y and z where I clearly lacked inspiration lol).

I wrote this post for The 3rd Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Centenary Celebration that I’m hosting with Michaela from Love Letters To Old Hollywood and Emily from The Flapper Dame!

Click on the following links to read the other excellent entries!

3rd Golden Boy Blogathon : Day 1

3rd Golden Boy Blogathon: Day 2

3rd Golden Boy Blogathon: Day 3

And once again, I wish the Golden Boy a very happy heavenly Centenary! He brought magnificence to cinema history!

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