Style March 2022
Tea parties in the Hills, the sound of leather on willow by Sunset Boulevard … British actors might be en vogue in the U.S. right now, but it’s nothing compared with the glory days of the twenties, when Hollywood fell hard for Blighty and an army of ex-pat thespians — with their tweeds and servants and smoking pipes — turned a corner of California into a rather overwrought version of the raj.
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Magnetic Imaging: Marlon Brando
He got his physicality from a hard-drinking, abusive father, and his poet’s soul from an alcoholic, artistic mother. The synthesis endowed Marlon Brando with a unique presence and intensity he channelled through acting — exactly the kind of truth-telling, one of his friends noted, for which he could lay down his life.
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Single Minded: The Women of Warren Beatty
He couldn’t even commit to dinner, Shirley MacLaine once said of her brother, Warren Beatty. Thirteen thousand women — an estimate of the number of Beatty’s sexual conquests — might concur. Originally published in Issue 40 of The Rake, Stuart Husband writes that it’s a wonder he had time to become one of the most important figures in Hollywood, the man who bridged the gap between the old studio system and the freewheeling seventies.
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Lynda Carter: The original superheroine
Lynda Carter’s classic seventies take on Wonder Woman is the only version worthy of the name. Though not for the reasons we might assume.
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Live Like a King: Clark Gable
Originally featured in issue 2 of The Rake, Christian Barker expertly delves into the golden era’s ‘King of Hollywood’, ever-rakish actor Clark Gable whose effortlessly balanced elegance and machismo got him far.
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Jamie Foxx goes Off Script
Given what you read about Hollywood stars, one might expect that a chart-topping, Oscar-winning, silver-tongued, good-looking comedic genius would, in reality, not live up to the sum of his parts.…
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Mickey Rourke: The Pope Of Greenwich Village
Mickey Rourke has glimpsed the gates of hell and doesn’t want to return. Fortunately, even in the seventh decade of a tumultuous life, cinema seems to provide an outlet for the actor’s emotion.
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Ingrid Bergman: Swede Disposition
Even in her twilight years, Ingrid Bergman did what she had always done: repelled the Hollywood forces that would judge her, reduce her, control her.
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What To Buy This Week: All Talk, All Trouser
The prolonged sartorial resurgence of the wider-legged trouser has seen waistlines rise and hems expand in the last few seasons. This spring, enjoy the feeling of a few extra inches where it matters…
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Still A Mystery To You: Gary Oldman
An enduring Hollywood presence, Gary Oldman has remained an unapologetically bold actor, and his ardent professionalism continues to command the respect of his peers.
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Diamond Gal: Audrey Hepburn
The impact Audrey Hepburn had on pop culture is immeasurable, but to remember her as just an actress or a style icon does little justice to her character or biography. From…
Style December 2016
Night Shift: The Evening Gown Renaissance
It is a truth universally acknowledged that modern pyjamas are almost crushingly inelegant. The Rake for one can stand them no longer, so what follows is a cry to arms. It’s time to embrace the evening-gown revolution…