I spent a lot of my youth watching old movies on TV. I was mad about Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn and Montgomery Clift. I couldn't get enough of those so-called 'women's' pictures, melodramas in the 1930s and 40s starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Old Hollywood offered me escapism and my ideas about love and romance were shaped by the passion I saw on the screen and for me in real life, no one ever measured up to expectations.
Above: Vivien Leight and Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind (1939); Clark Gable and Joan Crawford in Dancing Lady (1933); Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in Flesh and the Devil (1926). Below: Joan Crawford and John Garfield in Humoresque (1946); Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade (1963).
Above: Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951); Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1959); Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942). All drawings are pencil on paper.