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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Carole Lombard, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , the ides of March, , , , Yoko Ono   


    March 15 being THE IDES OF MARCH (but still winter), I thought I’d work on a post I’d call THE BRRRR-IDES OF MARCH — however, it hasn’t been very winter-like where I live, so it’s no weather for snow jobs. Thus I’ll settle for a post about The Brides of March, of whom there have been some blushing ones, some gushing ones, some rushing ones, and a mother lode of if-at-first-you-don’t-succeed-try-try-again ones….such as singing star Peggy Lee, whose marriage to jazz guitarist Dave Barbour was her first of four such gigs.

    Here are twenty March brides who gave it the old collage (French for to stick together) try, listed by March wedding day (along with the names of the grooms, just for the wreck of it):

    March 1, 1968   JUNE CARTER / Johnny Cash
    March 8, 1952   NANCY DAVIS / Ronald Reagan
    March 8, 1943   PEGGY LEE / Dave Barbour
    March 9, 1796   JOSÉPHINE de BEAUHARNAIS / Napoléon Bonaparte
    March 13, 1946 MARY WELSH / Ernest Hemingway

    March 15, 1964 ELIZABETH TAYLOR / Richard Burton (again)
    March 16, 2002 LIZA MINNELLI / David Gest
    March 17, 1905 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT / Franklin D. Roosevelt
    March 18, 1869 HARRIET TUBMAN / Nelson Davis
    March 19, 1918 DAISY PARKER / Louis Armstrong (who recorded this song 3/2/1932):

    March 20, 1969 YOKO ONO / John Lennon
    March 21, 1945 LAUREN BACALL / Humphrey Bogart
    March 21, 1963 BARBRA STREISAND / Elliott Gould
    March 21, 1984 SARAH BRIGHTMAN / Andrew Lloyd Webber
    March 23, 1985 CHRISTIE BRINKLEY / Billy Joel

    March 24, 1950 INGRID BERGMAN / Roberto Rossellini
    March 27, 1916 GLORIA SWANSON / Wallace Beery
    March 28, 1920 MARY PICKFORD / Douglas Fairbanks
    March 28, 1939 CAROLE LOMBARD / Clark Gable
    March 28, 1957 BILLIE HOLIDAY (LADY DAY) / Louis McKay

    All but three of those ladies married multiple times, and one of the three (Daisy Parker) died soon after her divorce from Louis Armstrong. Lost passion being the fashion, this quote seems a fitting way to call it a day:

    “I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage.” –Will Rogers

    So ladies, this be your day to be given away. Gents, beware the BRIDES OF MARCH (apologies to Shakespeare) — not to mention, pity your poor (after the divorce) befuddled comrades-in-arms who married them.





    • calmkate 12:46 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I think some women like the white wedding bit but can’t quite engage in the marriage commitment thing! I took Will’s advice and avoided the whole darned thing … a barrister friend took me to divorce court and that was it 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:07 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Frankly, it sounds like you could render your gender’s version of Sinatra’s I DID IT MY WAY in grand style, Kate. 😉

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    • obbverse 12:56 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      First ring out the wedding bells then all too soon ring the lawyer. Happily ever nah-ah.

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    • Rivergirl 9:05 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ha! Love it.
      Although Liz Taylor probably hit every month. She was a busy bride.

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    • Ashley 9:44 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! However, in just a week’s time it will be the Spring Equinox (20th March), the halfway point of spring!

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    • linnetmoss 10:17 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What an amazing list of brides! The ones that caught my eye were June Carter, Yoko Ono, and of course the immortal Liz. But she is in a category by herself as a bride.

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    • Don Ostertag 3:13 pm on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post,

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. Nonetheless, I’m not showing it to my wife, because I don’t want to give her any ideas. Who would cook my meals if she divorced me?

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    • Moushmi Radhanpara 10:01 am on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, you gave me a good laugh 🙂

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    • tubularsock 2:23 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Now, now, now. It works two ways.
      So, if you first don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

      But usually one should marry “up” each time because after the first divorce you usually have nothing left!

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      • mistermuse 5:26 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Divorce is a legal separation when a man stops bringing the money home to his wife and starts mailing it.” –Evan Esar
        In that scenario, a man would have to marry WAY up because, unless the next wife is independently wealthy, he’d probably still have to send her his money after the second divorce. 😉


    • mlrover 11:21 am on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never planned to marry again after divorcing the first one, who was and is a horrible person. There was no resisting my second marriage, and even with all its ups, downs, and difficulties, it was wonderful. The “Second Time Around” turned out to be true for me.

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      • mistermuse 12:13 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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        • mlrover 7:44 am on March 19, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. It was Frankie’s rendition that came to mind. And my “.second time” happened on St. Patty’s Day. And we married in March. Forgot to mention that.


    • arekhill1 1:56 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just missed being a March groom myself, Sr. Muse. Married on my birthday, April 12th. Bride insisted on the date so I would remember our wedding anniversary. Only had to remember it once, though.

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    • mistermuse 6:02 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At least you can be thankful your birthday isn’t on April 1st, Ricardo — you don’t need that kind of reminder every April Fools Day. 😉


    • Rebecca Wallick 8:53 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post!
      Thankfully I got my starter marriage out of the way between the ages of 18-20.
      I then went to college and law school. I became a divorce lawyer.
      Oh, the horrors. No more marriages for me!
      Just wish I’d known of the Will Rogers quote when I was still practicing law. I would have turned it into a big sign to hang in my office. Maybe some of my clients would have resisted walking down the aisle a second (or third) time. Maybe, but probably not.
      I did appreciate the repeat business 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:41 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I like your term “starter marriage,” Rebecca. Wouldn’t it be great if, like a starter home, you could sell it when you ‘outgrow’ it and use the proceeds to acquire a better fit for your current needs?

        Hmmm. “Maybe, but probably not.” 😉


    • Bryntin 4:49 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I’m not commenting on your post exactly, just letting you know I visited here – and so might others who hadn’t before now – on my latest BLT (Blog Leap Tour). You may see a pingback link if you want to see how it went.
      Anyway, sorry to intrude.
      Carry on… 🙂


      • mistermuse 6:06 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I was about to “carry on” (recalling the old British “Carry On…” film series) when I noticed a follow-up Bryntin comment (something about a virus) which gave me pause. I’m therefore refraining from approving the second comment pending clarification, as I’m not presently in the mood for a virus…even of the “carry on” kind.


        • Bryntin 6:09 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink

          Ah, that was probably in the text of my post and carried into the link… and of course at the moment a lot of posts encompass the word ‘virus’. Sorry to give you the squeaky bottom but I am real and safe as far as I know… as far as any of us knows even.

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      • mistermuse 10:04 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As you can see, your “carry on” has now passed inspection — but my post is under quarantine, along with everyone who has been in contact with it since 4:49 pm today, until further notice (or until that certain everyone sends my inspection fee — preferably sanitized — whichever comes first). 😉


    • equipsblog 8:53 am on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post. Maybe next you can actually riff you way through the Brrrr-ides of March.

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    • mistermuse 12:17 pm on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My bride and I tied the knot in the month of September, so I’m not rife for a riff (or a raff, for that matter) through the Brrr-ides of March….but since we’re heading from March into April, here’s a jazzman’s riff on the transition:


  • mistermuse 12:06 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , King of Hearts, Middlemarch, , , Philippe de Broca, , That Man From Rio, the ides of March, Zarah Leander   


    It’s March 15th, and with it come two ides-of-March birthdays I’d like to note — but first, a note about the post’s title, which came to me from an 1874 novel I had heard of, but never read: MIDDLEMARCH, by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans). It turns out that MIDDLEMARCH has nothing to do with the middle of March; it’s the name of a town in the Midlands of England (the novel’s setting). But let’s forget that I told you that. What’s the harm in letting it seem as if I made an educated choice for the title of this post?

    In any case, what this is leading up to is a selection of George Eliot quotes, which I daresay you will find to be an oasis of reflective relief in America’s desert of bombastic hot air:

    What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?

    All meanings depend on interpretation.

    No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.

    A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

    What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

    Adventure is not outside man; it is within.

    Now, as to those two birthdays, I expect that neither of the persons (both deceased) I am about to introduce is known to you (for which you are forgiven, but don’t let it happen again). But all is not lost — I remember them well. Their names: Philippe de Broca and Zarah Leander.

    DE BROCA, born March 15, 1933 in Paris, was a French film director from 1959 to the year of his death in 2004. Of the 30 full-length feature films he directed in his career, I have seen only two….but those two are among my favorite movies of all time: THAT MAN FROM RIO (1964) and the cult classic KING OF HEARTS (1966). Here are three short clips from the former and one from the latter:

    LEANDER, born March 15, 1907 in Karlstad (west of Stockholm), was a Swedish singer and actress who achieved her greatest success in Germany in the 1930s-40s. The German film industry had been seeking a new Marlene Dietrich since Marlene left for the U.S. in 1930. Leander made a name for herself in the same homeland as had Swedish screen diva Greta Garbo, which (beginning in 1936) led to starring roles for Leander in German language films in the hope of filling the void. In her memoir, Leander tells of her initial difficulties dealing with the German Ministry of Propaganda, since “Goebbels was highly displeased that the leading lady should be a foreigner. The fact that the mighty Third Reich could not produce its own Greta Garbo seemed to him an admission of inadequacy.”

    For years, I exchanged correspondence with an elderly German first cousin (on my father’s side) who had remained in Germany until her death a decade or so ago. In one of my letters, I mentioned that I had a number of Zarah Leander recordings in my record collection and liked her voice. My cousin informed me that “The German soldiers were infatuated by her songs during the war.” Perhaps this clip will help you understand why:


    • ladysighs 5:48 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      First met George Eliot in high school “Silas Marner”. Just another boring book. 😦
      Later on she became one of my favorite authors. “The Mill on the Floss” is my favorite.
      Some books to be read and reread. 🙂 You know the ending but somehow hope another reading will produce another ending.

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      • mistermuse 6:58 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I love how you end your comment; if I re-read it, I hope it doesn’t change. 🙂


        • ladysighs 8:09 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink

          I had to return and reread what I wrote about re-reading.
          Many times after posting a comment I have wished I could rewrite it ……… or just delete it. lol

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      • Mél@nie 3:31 am on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        @”First met George Eliot in high school…” – same here, lady dear… 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 6:23 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is that Zarah’s voice? Very reminiscent of Dietrich! I found another by her on Youtube (Bei mir bist du schön) and the voice was not quite so low and androgynous.
      I loved “King of Hearts” but have not seen “Rio.”–Thanks for the recommendation!

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      • mistermuse 7:35 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Zarah was 70 years old when she sang the song in that clip, and her voice was indeed lower and huskier than in the 1930s & 40s. I have in my collection many old records of Zarah, and there are other clips of her in later years, so I can confirm the difference you well noticed.
        As for “King of Hearts,” ditto. I think you would also love “Rio” — not to mention its good-looking star, the insouciant Jean-Paul Belmondo!

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    • mistermuse 8:59 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I know the feeling, ladysighs. I can’t tell you how many times that something I wrote didn’t come across the way I intended, and I could kick myself for not catching it before I posted it. But at least I’m still limber enough to be able to kick myself, even at my age. 🙂


    • Cynthia Jobin 9:25 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Please don’t kick yourself….I always also confuse George Eliot with George Sand. After all, what business have those ladies calling themselves George? Mary Ann Evans was George ELIOT and Aurore Dupin —pal of Frederic Chopin—-was George SAND. Tough for a lady author in those days.

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      • mistermuse 10:30 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for noticing….after my confusion of the two, I join you in asking what business those ladies have calling themselves George! 🙂 Nonetheless, I will correct the error in my post forthwith!

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    • arekhill1 10:11 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sr. Muse, I always mean to thank you for posting on subjects I am too young to comment on, because it doesn’t happen much anymore. I did see “King of Hearts” once in my extreme youth, however.


    • mistermuse 10:44 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate that, Ricardo, but I think that only makes us even, because there are times I feel too old to comment on some of the subjects you post on your blog. But at least your posts are often accompanied by pix of scantily clad young women, which I hope never to be too old to appreciate.


    • BroadBlogs 9:07 pm on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love those quotes from George Eliot! Hard to say which is my favorite.

      The Ides of March meets Super Tuesday. What’s up with that?

      The assassination of Julius Caesar. The suicide of the GOP — at least at the Presidential level?

      It’s weird year.

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    • mistermuse 10:40 pm on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I agree about the George Eliot quotes. Can you imagine Donald Trump saying, “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?” Me neither.
      Speaking of Trump, it appears that Kasich winning Ohio will leave The Donald short of the number of delegates he’ll need to win the Republican nomination going into the GOP convention four months from now. Look for a lot of fireworks in Cleveland in July.

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    • inesephoto 7:13 am on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for this post! I remember these movies very well! France and Italy have a whole constellation of brilliant movie directors.

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    • mistermuse 8:48 am on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You’re most welcome! Some movies are so “right” and have a certain magic about them which makes them so unique, you never forget them. RIO, and especially KING OF HEARTS, are two such films.


    • Don Frankel 1:14 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “A toddling little girl…” Great quote. I never heard it before. I did have to read Silas Marner in high school. Maybe this makes up for it. Funny though we both used the Ides of March this week which could mean great minds think alike or well it was the Ides of March were in the offing.


    • mistermuse 3:36 pm on March 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “A toddling little girl” can melt the heart of any man (whose heart is capable of being melted). Come to think of it, a big girl can do pretty much the same. 🙂

      Usually at this time of year I do a St. Patrick’s Day post, but this year a little green man by the name of Leprechaun told me my Irish Stout jokes were getting stale, hence the ides of March instead. Nonetheless, I wish you a very happy (& not too tipsy) St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, Don.


    • Mél@nie 3:33 am on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      wow, “l’homme de Rio”…”o tempora, o mores!” btw, Jean-Paul Belmondo is 83!!!

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    • mistermuse 5:44 am on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to hear Belmondo is still with us. I notice that Philippe de Broca would also be 83 if he were still alive.

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    • Don Frankel 7:00 am on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy St Patrick’s to you too Muse. I didn’t have a drink but I certainly enjoyed the day. It’s a very special day here in New York.

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    • restlessjo 2:54 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for reminding me that I haven’t read it either. I really should. 🙂

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    • Sharron 10:58 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Your posts are so “different”. I’m learning a lot. Loved the photos and song from Zarah. I had never heard of her. Thank you for the introduction.

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    • mistermuse 6:53 am on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate that, Sharron. You are kind and gracious….which is wonderfully different than “kind OF gracious” by a (s)mile! 🙂


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