Elvis Presley & Judy Tyler— his costar in Jailhouse Rock. Tragically, she was killed shortly after filming wrapped up. “In Memphis on October 17, 1957, actress Judy Tyler made her official entry into the world of Elvis Presley. For many in the audience that night, it was a surreal experience watching Judy Tyler in the debut of Jailhouse Rock. They all knew that she had died over four months earlier. Even all these years later, it can be a touching experience viewing the final scene of Jailhouse Rock, knowing that just three weeks after it was filmed, the leading lady’s promising career tragically ended on a lonely highway. After principal photography on Jailhouse Rock ended on June 14, 1957, Judy and her husband decided to drive rather than fly to New York City, where she was due to appear on the CBS-TV program Pantomime Quiz. The couple chose to drive the mid-West route across the country through Wyoming.
In the early evening of July 3, their 1957 Chevrolet approached ‘Wild Bill’s Curio Store and Petting Zoo’ on US Highway 30, three miles north of Rock River, Wyoming. When a car pulled out of the tourist site onto the highway, her husband swerved, sending the couple’s car skidding into the oncoming lane. Their car was hit broadside by an northbound vehicle. Judy was killed instantly; her husband died the next day in a Laramie hospital from chest and back injuries. Also dead at the scene was a passenger in the other car. The only survivor of the collision was the other driver. ‘Nothing has hurt me as bad in my life,’ Elvis told a reporter later that day. ‘I remember the last night I saw them. They were leaving on a trip. Even remember what she was wearing. All of us boys really loved that girl. She meant a lot to all of us. I don’t believe I can stand to see the movie we made together now, just don’t believe I can.’”
Frank Frazetta interview from 2010– “I saw a picture of you at the age of 25 on a motorcycle. It looks like a big Harley, and you’re really built up. It looks like you spent a lot of time in the gym— (FF) No, I didn’t. I wasn’t that built up. I was wiry and muscular. I did climb millions of trees, though. [Laughs.] Is that right?— (FF) Yes, I didn’t weight lift in those days. I broke records in high school in climbing the ropes. I did 10 one hand chin-ups. One hand. From completely extended.
Which is almost impossible— (FF) Well, in all those years, I never knew a guy who could do one. Not one. I used to leap to high places and just get my fingertips over the edge, yank my body right up over the top like it was nothing. There were places in the schoolyard where I’d climb up, and nobody could get up this thing. I’m talking about hundreds of guys over the years. Not one guy would make the jump and pull himself up, and I did it routinely, quickly and easily. That’s why I’m so proud of the physical side, because I did a lot of stuff that I know many guys couldn’t do. What I did wasn’t so much my bodily construction as much as my mind. I know it was my mind. I’m now 66 years old and my sons know it. I can still generate more power than them, and they’re in their prime. They just look at me and say, ‘How the hell do you do it?!’ They’re working out, they’re built. My mind does it. I always had the ability to sort of psych myself out when I had to. I did it with my art, too. I’d do those paintings overnight — you think I didn’t ‘wind up the machine’ and let it go? It’s an amazing thing. Those Conans even, most of them were done in a night. I had to work that fast for it to be spontaneous. If I had sat and pondered them for weeks at a time, they wouldn’t have looked like they do.’”
Bettie’s beloved sister Goldie, who was also an aspiring model, carefully stored heaps of incredible family photos. Many are of both girls in bikinis, posing at the beach. None of these hundreds of photos has ever been published until now, and few people even knew they existed.
1950’s portfolio look done today on the stunning Xavier💋 #backtothe50s
Back to the 50’s in Beirut 😉
Rear Window ~ Jimmy Stewart gets a visit from "neighbor" Georgine Darcy, who played “Miss Torso” in the 1954 Hitchcock film.
Cheapo in action, laying upside-down pinstriping...
E buon weekend, Catalunya edition! 🇪🇸