A bad weekend for some distinctively lovely women of film, and their fans.
Not a day after the death of Nina Foch, the glamourous Netherlands-born star of My Name Is Julia Ross, Illegal, You're Never Too Young, and so many others, comes news of the passing of Beverly Garland. The B-Movie queen, who graced the likes of Not of This Earth, It Conquered The World, Gunslinger, Swamp Diamonds, and other low-budget fare before bringing some heterosexual cred to TV's My Three Sons as a new wife to widowed Steve Douglas, was known, among other things, for her almost preternatural good-nature and good humor. Adored by fans, she adored them right back.
We also hear today that Bettie Page, for whom no introduction ought to be necessary, was hospitalized yesterday after suffering a heart attack. The indefatigable Page is 85. We wish her the best. We also wish we could run the above shot in its uncropped version, as it is a unique communication of Yuletide sentiment, but it's also unsafe for work and family environments.