All 16 of the Icons Name-Dropped in Madonna’s “Vogue” Are Now Gone

  • metta

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    Aug 13, 2014 5:35 AM GMT
    All 16 of the Icons Name-Dropped in Madonna’s “Vogue” Are Now Gone





    The song came out in March of 1990; Greta Garbo died just a month later. (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and others had already gone, of course.) Bacall, 24 years on, was the final one.

    Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)

    Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962)

    Marlene Dietrich (May 6, 1992)

    Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)

    Marlon Brando (July 1, 2004)

    James Dean (Sept. 30, 1955)
    Grace Kelly (Sept. 14, 1982)

    Jean Harlow (June 7, 1937)

    Gene Kelly (Feb. 2, 1996)

    Fred Astaire (June 2, 1987)

    Ginger Rogers (April 25, 1995)

    Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)

    Lauren Bacall (Aug. 12, 2014)

    Katharine Hepburn (June 29, 2003)

    Lana Turner (June 29, 1995)

    Bette Davis (Oct. 6, 1989)​

    The song was a tribute, of course, to a certain kind of old-fashioned glamour. With Bacall gone, that flame has just about burned out.
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    Aug 13, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    I can't think of a celebrity today that could hold a candle to any of those listed. An era has certainly died with the death of Ms. Bacall
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    Aug 13, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidI can't think of a celebrity today that could hold a candle to any of those listed. An era has certainly died with the death of Ms. Bacall



    I agree but only to the degree that it was all a Hollywood grand illusion on stage and off stage.
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    Aug 13, 2014 8:59 PM GMT
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    UndercoverMan saidI can't think of a celebrity today that could hold a candle to any of those listed. An era has certainly died with the death of Ms. Bacall



    I agree but only to the degree that it was all a Hollywood grand illusion on stage and off stage.


    It's all still illusion - just not so grand or glamorous.
  • rnch

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    Aug 13, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    Alpha13 said
    UndercoverMan saidI can't think of a celebrity today that could hold a candle to any of those listed. An era has certainly died with the death of Ms. Bacall


    It's all still illusion - just not so grand or glamorous.



    Agree.
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    Aug 13, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    rnch said
    UndercoverMan said
    Alpha13 said
    UndercoverMan saidI can't think of a celebrity today that could hold a candle to any of those listed. An era has certainly died with the death of Ms. Bacall


    It's all still illusion - just not so grand or glamorous.



    Agree.


    Yeah, actors, "stars" who die aren't really high on my list of what's important. I try to de-throne them all in my mind, despite all the hype on the news. Some of them are good, some bad, but none are more valuable than any of my friends or family. And "grand" or "glamorous" does nothing to better the world, except perhaps create a veil of false happiness towards which too many of us aspire, or pretend to live in. Many, upon reaching the "glamorous," realize that it does not bring happiness, and often despair of life. So, to Hollywood, 'bah, humbug.' icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 13, 2014 11:07 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    UndercoverMan saidI can't think of a celebrity today that could hold a candle to any of those listed. An era has certainly died with the death of Ms. Bacall

    I agree but only to the degree that it was all a Hollywood grand illusion on stage and off stage.


    Perhaps a grand illusion but nevertheless done with so much more intelligence, style, and class than today.

    The deaths of Williams and Becall has prompted many interesting internet references, such as one memorial link on the NY Daily News site containing a single nice photograph and a short précis of the noteworthiness of celebrities dying in 2013 and subsequently. The entry on Peter O'Toole prompted me to wonder why he'd not won the Oscar for his performance in Lawrence of Arabia. This led me to this URL http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0148906.html containing the 1962 Academy Awards Nominations list. I was stunned in refreshing my memory at the quality of films in just that one year (especially compared to today) and in realizing how much of the fabric of one's cultural life included such great cinema. Having seen and still remember almost every film on the list, I reflect on how much pleasure those actors have brought to our lives.
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    Aug 14, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    OMG, this was the first thing I was thinking of when I heard the news, haha. I was listening to Vogue earlier yesterday whilst working out.
  • dreamcock

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    Aug 14, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
    It truly was a different and classier kind of glamour than the cheap so called stars today have. None today could compare with any of those!
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:40 AM GMT
    At least we still have Madonna's glamor to enjoy.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:42 AM GMT

    def memory lane, I came out Sept of that year, Vogue was club play like crazy
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    Aug 14, 2014 9:19 AM GMT
    sf_swimmer saidAt least we still have Madonna's glamor to enjoy.


    Huh?
  • BlackRussian1...

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    Aug 14, 2014 3:40 PM GMT
    The Hollywood of past days gave us a Lauren Bacall - the Hollywood of today gives us Kristen Stewart. Those kind of icons (like Bacall) would never get work in today's industry, which is focused on (thematically/ideologically) cheap (yet expensive production wise) comic book movies aimed at teenagers and the foreign markets they dump all our shitty movies on. Hollywood has all but abandoned adult/mature films of substance. Can you even imagine them even giving Bogart a lead role today?

    We're living in a dreadful era of Hollywood cinema which is all about the $$$. Rip Bacall though.
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    Aug 14, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    metta8 saidAll 16 of the Icons Name-Dropped in Madonna’s “Vogue” Are Now Gone





    The song came out in March of 1990; Greta Garbo died just a month later. (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and others had already gone, of course.) Bacall, 24 years on, was the final one.

    Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)

    Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962)

    Marlene Dietrich (May 6, 1992)

    Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)

    Marlon Brando (July 1, 2004)

    James Dean (Sept. 30, 1955)
    Grace Kelly (Sept. 14, 1982)

    Jean Harlow (June 7, 1937)

    Gene Kelly (Feb. 2, 1996)

    Fred Astaire (June 2, 1987)

    Ginger Rogers (April 25, 1995)

    Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)

    Lauren Bacall (Aug. 12, 2014)

    Katharine Hepburn (June 29, 2003)

    Lana Turner (June 29, 1995)

    Bette Davis (Oct. 6, 1989)​

    The song was a tribute, of course, to a certain kind of old-fashioned glamour. With Bacall gone, that flame has just about burned out.


    It was all about:
    Escape
    Style
    Fantasy
    Dance
    Theater
    Art
    Creativity


    .......
    "Vogue"

    Strike a pose
    Strike a pose
    Vogue, vogue, vogue
    Vogue, vogue, vogue

    Look around everywhere you turn is heartache
    It's everywhere that you go (look around)
    You try everything you can to escape
    The pain of life that you know (life that you know)

    When all else fails and you long to be
    Something better than you are today
    I know a place where you can get away
    It's called a dance floor, and here's what it's for, so

    [Chorus:]

    Come on, vogue
    Let your body move to the music (move to the music)
    Hey, hey, hey
    Come on, vogue
    Let your body go with the flow (go with the flow)
    You know you can do it

    All you need is your own imagination
    So use it that's what it's for (that's what it's for)
    Go inside, for your finest inspiration
    Your dreams will open the door (open up the door)

    It makes no difference if you're black or white
    If you're a boy or a girl
    If the music's pumping it will give you new life
    You're a superstar, yes, that's what you are, you know it

    [chorus, substituting "groove" for "move"]

    Beauty's where you find it
    Not just where you bump and grind it
    Soul is in the musical
    That's where I feel so beautiful
    Magical, life's a ball
    So get up on the dance floor

    [chorus]

    Vogue, (Vogue)
    Beauty's where you find it (move to the music)
    Vogue, (Vogue)
    Beauty's where you find it (go with the flow)

    Greta Garbo, and Monroe
    Deitrich and DiMaggio
    Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
    On the cover of a magazine

    Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
    Picture of a beauty queen
    Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
    Ginger Rodgers, dance on air

    They had style, they had grace
    Rita Hayworth gave good face
    Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
    Bette Davis, we love you

    Ladies with an attitude
    Fellows that were in the mood
    Don't just stand there, let's get to it
    Strike a pose, there's nothing to it

    Vogue, vogue

    Oooh, you've got to
    Let your body move to the music
    Oooh, you've got to just
    Let your body go with the flow
    Oooh, you've got to
    Vogue