Brioche & Etc.

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I have finally had a successful attempt at baking a bit of bread! Randomly deciding to have another go at it the other day, I found that the only recipe I had on hand was the Brioche in my copy of the French Laundry Cookbook, and so that’s what I made. Above is a photo of all the ingredients required, with the exception of the yeast, which I didn’t realize had been excluded from the photo until deep into the rising process. It’s OK, though, as it was just your run of the mill yeast. In the past, I have tried and failed to make a decent loaf of bread approximately once a year, for the past five years, and have previously been so dismayed by the results that it would take the ensuing year for me to build up the courage to try again. However, that epoch has now…

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Marilyn Monroe’s Life in Photos

TIME

When Marilyn Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose on Aug. 5, 1962, devastated fans searched for a way to cope. LIFE Magazine, whose cover Monroe had graced six times, offered up a tribute in a manner befitting not only its mission, but also its relationship with the star: a collection of photographs. As the editors wrote:

Her death has diminished the loveliness of the world in which we live. Her life was filled with sadness—a bleak childhood, three unhappy marriages, her inability to have children. But for all her seeking, trying, hoping and never finding, she has left us many beautiful images to remember.

Here, in that spirit, are LIFE’s most timeless images of one of the most celebrated, emulated and complicated celebrities of the 20th century.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS – GARY COOPER #1

Charles Starrett - One Fan's Journey

HOMES OF WESTERN MOVIE FILM MAKERS

IN FRONT AND BEHIND THE CAMERAS

BY BOB SILER

THE GARY COOPER TOUR

PART ONE – 1901 – 1924

HELENA, MONTANA

1901 – 1908

730 11th AVENUE

[image] Frank James Cooper, best known as Gary Cooper, was born on the second floor, ten room – modest red – brick home of his parents, Judge Charles and Alice Cooper, on May 7, 1901. Over the years the Cooper’s lived in four other houses that were close to each other.

1909 – 1912

123 BRECKENRIDGE

The family moved here.
LIVED HERE FOR A SHORT TIME

[image] 1910 – 1914

DUNSTABLE, ENGLAND

Cooper and his brother were enrolled in Dunstable School while living with relatives in Houghton Regis, England. They returned to Montana in 1914.

HIGH STREET NORTH – DUNSTABLE

He lived on this while attending Dunstable.

HELENA, MONTANA

LATER LIVED HERE AFTER ENGLAND

[image] 1913 – 1914

15 SHILAND STREET

They…

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Dolores del Río and Cedric Gibbons’ Family Photo Album 1931-1939

Early Latin American Photography

Dolores with a puppy named Michael. Dolores with a puppy named Michael.

Selfportrait of Cedric Gibbons. Selfportrait of Cedric Gibbons at his home in Santa Monica, California. Circa 1933.

We acquired a couple of days ago, in Paris, a fascinating piece of Mexican and Hollywood memorabilia : Dolores del Río and Cedric Gibbons family album from the 1930’s. We are still working on identifying most of the characters in the more than 500 prints, but would like to share with you some of the most beautiful photographs.

Cedric Gibbons, husband of Dolores in the 30s, was one of the most successful art directors in Hollywood. That might explain the stunning quality of some of these family portraits.

Dolores del Río and Cedric Gibbons. Dolores del Río and Cedric Gibbons (?) at her home in Santa Monica, California.

Gary Cooper Gary Cooper.

Dolores del Río with Gary Cooper and Sandra Shaw Dolores del Río with Gary Cooper and Sandra Shaw by the pool at her house in Santa Monica, California. Circa 1930s.

Garry Cooper Gary Cooper by the pool with zebra skin…

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Audrey Munson: “Miss Manhattan” Died in Obscurity in 1996

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“Civic Fame” atop the New York Municipal Building, 1913

Walking around New York City, it’s hard to avoid Audrey Munson. The girl is everywhere, gazing down on us from above. She has been holding vigil over Manhattan for generations and will likely continue to do so for centuries to come. But hardly anyone knows who she is.

Audrey Munson, 1915

Audrey Marie Munson was born June 8, 1891, in Rochester, New York. Her parents, Edgar and Katherine, divorced when Audrey was young, and she moved with her mother to New York City. It was there that, in 1906, 15-year-old Audrey was noticed by photographer Ralph Draper. Captivated by her looks, he presented the girl to his noted sculptor friend Isidore Konti, who was similarly taken under her spell.

Audrey as the Spirit of Commerce on the Manhattan Bridge, 1912

She was beautiful; there is no denying that. And her looks captured…

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Then & Now Special Edition: Lady Gaga

ON PINS AND NEEDLES

I am not a Gaga fan, in fact I am always surprised how many people (who should know better) admire her. Music aside, the Lady has an interesting fashion sense. Some worship her sartorial choices, others think she is nothing but a copycat. Either way it is hard to ignore her (well, yes, she is everywhere). Here is a random selection of her fashionable quotes:

(left) My Fair Lady, 1964. Costume design by Cecil Beaton. (right) Lady Gaga, Vanity Fair, January 2012. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

(Left) Isabella Blow, Lobster hat by Philip Tracy. (right) Lady Gaga, Lobster hat by Philip Tracy, 2010.

(left) David Bowie, 1970s. (Right) Lady Gaga, August 2011.

(left) fragment from  The Times of the Day, by Alphonse Mucha, 1899. (right) Lady Gaga, Vogue March, 2011. Photograph by Mario Testino.

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