Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Bouquet of Glads (Gladys, that is)

Here is a bouquet of Gladys(es), just for the heck of it.

In the early days of the silver screen, New York, Hollywood, and London had quite a few actresses with the name Gladys. I'm picking: Gladys Blake, Hard-Working Actress Who is Little Known Yet Played 107 Small Roles in Movies including more than 30 roles as secretaries/telephone operators and assorted appearances as Drunk Woman in Tank, Brooklyn Girl on Subway--at least twice, Sidekick, Girl in Garter Gag, "Babe," and Dice-Game Operator--Here's To You, Gladys Blake!
Gladys the Groovy Mule! Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys Love Smith, Vernon, and Elvis (sorry to cut you off, Vernon...)Baby Gladys (don't ask me...it's just Baby Gladys, clearly a tough customer)
Gladys O'Donnell ("In 1929, Gladys O'Donnell was the only licensed woman pilot in Long Beach, California. With just 40 hours of solo flying time, she heedlessly entered the first Women's Air Derby ever held and won second place. The following year she entered again and won first place." Go, Gladys!!! She also has an awesome pink face in this picture--due to the photo tinting process of the time.)
Gladys Zender! Miss Universe (1957) Was the first latina Miss Universe and was from Peru

Gladys Bentley (sang and played the piano, featured in Harlem nightclubs, wore a tuxedo and top hat, married a white woman from New Jersey, was known as "The Bulldagger of the Blues").
Gladys Reeves, Professional Photographer
Marilyn Monroe's Mother, Gladys Baker
And, many many more. I've discovered that there is a fascinating world of Gladys(es) out there. Can you find any interesting ones? Also, there appears to be a new magazine named "Gladys," launched this month. I can't tell if it's an all-around women's magazine or targeted to the pageant industry...
Have a Great Day!