Jane Hall and Kate as pictured in “Beauties” by Bradshaw Crandell. Cosmopolitan Magazine, October 1939 (Copr. Hearst Publications)
WATCH FOR “NANCY GOES TO RIO” ON TCM . The film is a remake of ”It’s A Date” which Jane worked on in 1939. She kept her story and screen credit.
Here’s a bit of background for the posts and images in the Salome to Hollywood Blog and Gallery. (Posts began on 11/16/2011.) Who was Jane Hall and why is her journey of interest today?
“I was a candle on the President’s birthday cake!” On January 30, 1934, Jane Hall was exuberant as she whirled around the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria at a pageant in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fifty-second birthday. For nineteen-year-old Jane, this ball and other glamorous evenings like ... Continue reading
Once school started again in October 1934, Jane Hall’s Upper East Side and Lower East Side worlds competed for her attention. Now in her third-year at Cooper Union, she focused on two advanced courses. Pictorial Design with Austin Purves, Jr., still proved difficult, but Life Drawing and Painting with John Steuart Curry was much more promising. Besides, Thomas Craven, an “unsurpassed modern critic,” whose work Jane admired, held John Steuart Curry’s work in high regard. She knew she should not waste this “golden opportunity” to study with a master. By the beginning of November, despite encouragement from Mr. Curry, Jane recognized she was “not making the proper progress” in art school. How different her experience could have been if she’d had the funds to go away to college and immerse in the arts and humanities without the distractions of a hectic Manhattan social life. U.C.L.A. had been Jane’s dream when she’d been a high school sophomore ... Continue reading