Martha Hyer – Take three

This is a 1956 Lydia Lane article where actress Martha Hyer talks about a bunch of beauty stuff. Enjoy!

THOSE WHO KNEW Martha Hyer when she first came to Hollywood remember her as a dark-haired teen-ager from Texas, chaperoned around town by her mother. I met her then when she was under contract to RKO, and I wondered how Hollywood would change her. I know now that the impact of a movie career here, making pictures outside this country and the experiences of marriage and divorce have matured Martha into a dazzling blonde that hardly resembles the little girl from the South. “I HAVE NEVER known anyone to change so completely,” I told her as we talked on the “Sundown at Abilene” set at Universal-International. “Sometimes changes are so slow that one is scarcely aware of them,” Martha remarked. “But mine were rather dramatic. I had been away from this country for quite a while working in England, Africa and the Orient. My viewpoint expanded with travel, and I got another slant on myself and this country. Understanding people in general helps you to understand yourself. I suppose you might call this a growing-up process.

“WHEN I CAME home, there was my closet, full of peasant skirts and blouses with Peter Pan collars. These had to be discarded since I was now a different type. I wasn’t quite sure how to express myself, so I consulted a friend who knows fashion, and we spent a lot of time experimenting.” “What were some of the changes you made?” I asked. “We decided that I was now the sheath type, so I bought a reducing machine and really went to work on my hips. I used it faithfully every day for a month and took off two inches. “REMEMBER HOW plump I used to be?” Martha asked. “I don’t have a problem with my weight now that I’ve learned it was caused by over-eating. “Sounds simple, doesn’t it?” she continued. “But if you are used to good food, Texas style, you stretch your stomach and you form a habit of eating more than you need. “I think my living in Japan was the turning point. Their food is simple. They have no rich sauces, no fancy desserts, or bread and butter. Their main dish is fish, often raw. I learned to eat as they do, and when I came home I was no longer craving sweets or rich foods.”

PICKING UP a conversational thread we had dropped, I asked Martha about any advice given her by studio make-up men. “Oh, yes!” she exclaimed. “I was told my eyebrows were too thin and too close together and that my problem was to balance my face. “To do this we changed the shape of my mouth, giving full importance to my lower lip, which I was not filling-out completely. And they taught me how to shade my jaw so that it looked less prominent. “BUT I SUPPOSE the most dramatic change was becoming a blonde. I first bleached my hair when I played the opposite type to Audrey Hepburn in ‘Sabrina’.” “Blonde hair goes well with your blue eyes,” I commented. “Yes,” Martha agreed, “but it didn’t go with my sun tan, so I had to give that up. And I suppose it’s a good thing, because my doctor feels that too much sun ages your skin. It is not good to see how long you can stay in the sun or how brown you can burn.

“I THINK IT’S important to find a cream that will agree with your skin. You might have to do a bit of experimenting, but since I’ve found the right one, I find I get more compliments on my complexion.” The talk spun around to exercise. “I am a great one for the before-breakfast work-out,” Martha laughed. “I have a regular routine I do to records. “For the hips you can’t beat a rock and roll rhythm. I sit on the floor, extend my legs and rock my hips back and forth about a hundred times. NEXT I LIE flat on the floor, raise my legs to about a 45-degree angle and do” splits in the air. There is nothing better for your inside thigh, which is a muscle we use so little it’s apt to become flabby. I began with 10 times but I’ve worked up to about 50. “And this last exercise is for my waist. I stand straight, extend my arms to my side shoulder height and bend to my left, seeing how far down my leg I can go with my hand. When I feel a strong pull on my right side I reverse the exercise. “All these only take about 15 minutes,” Martha concluded, “and I’ve found I have no problems with my figure.”

My mini beauty hint – Dorothy Dearing

This is a 1936 beauty hint by actress Dorothy Dearing. Enjoy!

DOROTHY DEARING | Old hollywood glamour, Vintage hollywood, Hollywood  glamour

Ten minutes daily for a period of a month in training the muscles of the abdomen will do much to help the not so perfect figure. Simply contract and relax the muscles slowly and systematically and after a while improvement should be evident.

Nicola Michael (Niki Dantine)

This is a 1956 Lydia Lane article where actress Niki Dantine talks about a curly hair and being underweight. Enjoy!

Nicola Michael who is making her screen debut in “The Power and the Prize” is walking on air because she has received a term contract from MGM. “I sang at school and always had the desire to be in the theater,” she told me in her dressing room, “but I didn’t think I was pretty enough for Hollywood.” “Why?” I asked, because Nicola is very attractive now. “I was such a homely child,” she explained. “My face was full of freckles, and still is without make-up. My hair was too curly and looked like a mop. I couldn’t do anything with it and I was much too thin. My bones stuck out all over. “But I thought my older sister was very beautiful and I used to love to watch her dress and learn what I could about make-up. “People who think curly hair is a blessing live in a fog of ignorance,” Nicola continued. “I used to go in swimming with my friends and every time I saw a girl come out of the pool with hair clinging straight to her head, I used to envy her.

“But your hair looks lovely now.” I remarked. “Thanks to a straightening process. I am so grateful to the person who invented it. Th method is just the opposite of a permanent wave. They comb a conditioning cream through your hair and It changes the texture of the hair so that it removes curl instead of putting it in.” “And how did you finally put on weight?” I asked, admiring Nicola’s size 10 figure.  “It’s very strange I I have a healthy appetite but I seem to burn up the energy because what would make other people fat just keeps me normal. “I take hot chocolate and cookies at night before I go to bed and if I am working too hard I manage to hold my own by having mid-afternoon and mid morning snacks. People who have a problem of overweight can reduce much easier than a person who is underweight can gain”

Nicola is living in a cottage by the sea and loves to go to sleep with the sound of the waves in her ears. “I am a very tense person and it is not ‘easy for me to relax but I am working on it. They say the most effective way to re lease tension is with the mind; to go over your body section by section saying ‘let go to your feet, ankles, legs, knees and thighs. I have not mastered this yet,” Nicola confessed in parting, “but I know some people who have found it puts them to sleep quickly. 

Myrna Loy – Take two

This is a 1956 Lydia Lane article where actress Myrna Loy talks about food and relaxation. Enjoy!

MYRNA LOY has led such a full and active life since she left Hollywood that she is always amused to read that she Is “coming out of retirement.” “What retirement?” she exclaimed. ” Retirement’ is absurd! I represent the motion picture industry in UNESCO, which is concerned with all fields of communication. I have always been interested in doing a picture when I thought the script and the part are right for me. Such as the senator’s wife in ‘The Ambassador’s Daughter,’ ” she added. I told Myrna what a pleasure It was to find her so little changed from her “Thin Man” movie days. “Do you have a formula for staying so young?” I asked. “Being Interested in what’s going on today and keeping active in contemporary life. If you call this a formula. Regardless of age, when we cease to be aware of the present we grow old.

“I am a great believer in nutritional foods,” Miss Loy explained. “I live on meat, tomatoes and steamed vegetables. I try to have my food prepared to preserve their vitamins I have friends who consider this a fad, but I am sure it has a great deal to do with our well being. And 1 take my j vitamin pills daily. “When I don’t overeat I have no problem with my weight,” Myrna confessed. “Sometimes this requires severe discipline, especially when 1 am in Paris, for 1 love French cooking. But 1 try to keep my weight the same, because 1 don’t think it is good for the body to diet strenuously. It’s dangerous and a great mistake to go on a severe diet without first consulting your doctor. Just because it’s worked on someone else does not mean that thl3 Is the approach best for you.” THE TALK returned to Paris, where “The Ambassador’s Daughter” was filmed. “It was great fun,” Myrna said with enthusiasm. “Dior made all the clothes. I arrived the day of his opening and was told to select the dresses I wanted to wear in the picture from his collection. I’m good at knowing what is right on me,,” she smiled. “I should be I’ve had to face enough mi takes.

“Seeing yourself on film is a great teacher even a still photograph gives objectivity.” Miss Loy suggested that if you want to know how your clothes look on you, a scries of snapshots will tell the story. “It’s like a wardrobe test for a picture,” she explained. We chatted about charm “Charm is an elusive quality.” Myrna commented. “It is difficult to define charm, I think. It stems from confidence. You may have great qualities of human kindness and understanding, but if you are shy and un sure they will not project” As she talked she sat so relaxed that I remarked about this. “How do you keep from being a victim of tensions?” “I have had trouble with this,” she admitted. “But I find it helpful to try not to do too many things too closely together. When I am under strain I turn to exercise. I love to walk and to work in my garden simply to use my body. “Did you know,” she confided. “I began career as a dancer.” Pictures Myrna has starred in ‘include such outstanding ones as “The Great Ziegfeld,” “Test Pilot,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “The Rains Came,” “Best Years of Our Lives,” “Bachelor and the Bobby Soxers,” ‘Mr. Blinding Builds His Dream House,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “If This Be Sin.” “That is what I call a very successful career,” I remarked. “What has helped you the most to meet competition?” “Integrity with myself and with others.” she answered. “You may succeed without it, but you won’t be happy.”

Doris Day – Take three

This is a 1956 Lydia Lane article where actress Doris Day talks about diet and food. Enjoy!


When I met Doris Day at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club shortly after she had finished “Julie” she was wearing a slim skirt and sweater that was figure revealing. “You look just the same as you did a long time ago when you first came to Hollywood, I said to Doris, “How do you keep your figure? “I am very conscious of what I eat,” Doris explained. “I wouldn’t think of using a low grade gas in my car because it wouldn’t run well and I know I don’t feel well when I don’t eat right, Change of Diet “When I was touring with Les Brown’s band I’d grab coffee and a doughnut for breakfast and for lunch we’d have a sandwich and a coke. When I started working in pictures I found I didn’t have enough energy to get through the morning. The doctor told me I’d feel entirely different if I ate a good breakfast and I did.

“It is the most important meal,” Doris exclaimed. “It’s what you work on all day. And it’s the least fattening meal because you burn it up. I have a farmer’s breakfast, a tall glass of orange juice, a slice of whole grain toast, we don’t have white flour in the house. “I think people would be a lot healthier if they learned more about what they eat. I alternate eggs and bacon with a ground round patty, a dish of yogurt with stewed fruit and a cup of coffee with raw sugar. We never use any other kind. “I have a light lunch,” Doris continued, “cold meat left over from the night before, a glass of milk or a dish of yogurt and cheese. I adore cheese, all but the oily orange kind. I have Camembert almost every day.

“For dinner we have green salads, green and yellow vegetables cooked in very little water, broiled meat, chicken or fish. We don’t go in for rich sauces or fancy desserts. “I have some health cookies that are so delicious. They don’t have a bit of flour in them. .People are! funny about health food. They! think if something is good for you they wouldn t like it. “And,” Doris exclaimed with enthusiasm,” we have a new juice extractor. It’s wonderful. Every morning we make a quart of fresh carrot juice. It’s such a tasty drink when its fresh and think of the vitamins and minerals in every glass!”

“I never count calories and I never gain. I have been the same for years, because what I eat my body can use. But if I ate a lot of over processed and overcooked food it would store it as fat. “I have a friend who laughs at me for being on a health kick: but she is always trying to reduce. ‘You eat so much more than I do,’ she complains, but I can’t make her understand there is a lot more to dieting than counting calories. ‘ “The feeling you get with foods that your body needs and uses is so wonderful that false foods are no longer tempting. I used to love cake, but now I have no de sire for it. If I feel like a sweet I have dried fruit. We always keep a dish of it in the house.” Doris pointed out that while no one wanted to grow old it was important to grow up. “I think being aware is being mature. I remember in my band days I was travel ng all over the United States and I didn’t see any thing of the country, none of us did we were too absorbed with where we were gone or the gripe at the moment.

“Awareness,” Doris repeated, “applies to everything those around you, your opportunity to help others, an awareness of your good for tune, and of the moment at hand to be enjoyed and lived and not spoiled by worries about the future or regrets about the past. It is not easy not to worry or get upset but we can control our life with our thinking. I have read scripts that I thought were wonderful, but if I didn’t get the part I tried not to be upset. Because I believe that you will get what is right for you, that I have a place no one can take, nor. can I take a place of anyone else.” Doris pointed out, “We build energy with food, but we also have to have a healthy point of view if we are to have healthy bodies.”

Audrey Hepburn – Take three

This is a 1956 Lydia Lane article where actress Audrey Hepburn talks about diet and discipline. Enjoy!

AUDREY HEPBURN first came to Hollywood’s attention as the star of the stage play “Gigi.” She spread such magic from the theater in New York that we were all anxious to see her perform. On my next visit in the east I went backstage to meet her, and it seemed inevitable even then that once on the movie screen she would reach the top. I met her again recently at Paramount, and though she is reportedly the highest-paid feminine star in the movies and the owner of a coveted Oscar, she is fundamentally unchanged. But Audrey has an exceptional sense of values. Shaped by a background of war during her adolescent years in her native Holland, and knowing both hunger and death, it is unlikely her head will be turned by the kiss of successes: This girl with the unforgettable face told me as we had tea in her dressing room, “A career on the stage or in pictures is much easier if you are beautiful. Vivien Leigh can do anything to herself and she is still lovely. I have to study my face and make the most of what I have.

“One of the most difficult things,” Audrey said earnestly, “is in knowing how much advice to take. I tell myself, ‘You can’t always be’ right.’ But there comes a point when experience makes you feel you must take a stand. – “I resisted suggestions to bleach my hair until the play ‘Ondine.’ That part called for a blonde. It looked great on the stage, but with my pale skin coloring I looked washed-out in public. It didn’t suit me, so I dyed back to my natural shade and wore a blond wig after that. , “I had one permanent in my life, but curls on me were not becoming. My hair looks better straight and pulled back from my face. Having it too fluffy on the sides accentuates my faults. I envy pretty girls, but I know it is a mistake to try to be like someone else.”

Audrey is 5 feet 7 and weighs around 110. “I have small bones,” she said. “People often tell me I should weigh more, but I know it is not becoming. Once, for health reasons, I went up to 123, but I didn’t like it.” “Do you have to watch your diet- very carefully to keep at 110?” I asked. “Oh, no!” she exclaimed. “In fact I lose weight from nervous energy when I am working. I don’t have an appetite or an interest in food at these times.” “And how about when you are not working?” I persisted. “The secret of staying thin,” Audrey explained, “is not to eat when you are not hungry and never to eat in great quantities.” She expressed great appreciation for a proper diet.

Audrey looked very smart in Italian pants and a striped shirt. “I like to buy when I see something lovely tweeds in London, bathing suits in California, play clothes in Italy, and in Paris I can find the most beautiful things for formal wear. “Traveling by air as we do, we have to cut down on our luggage,” Audrey went on, , “so we’ve learned not to make mistakes about clothes. When I first came to the United – States I saw so many things in the stores that were attractive that I was tempted to buy more than I needed. Now I think seriously before I; make a decision because I hate waste.” You don’t have to know Miss Hepburn well to sense that she is a person of discipline. “I can’t rest when I feel there is something I should be doing. Organization is necessary for accomplishment. I hate being late keeping people waiting is another form of waste.”