Biographer Christina Rice joined me once again to salute Ann Dvorak.
Ann Dvorak was an actress whose career spanned 1929 - 1952. She is best remembered for her work in the pre-code era in the films "Scarface" opposite Paul Muni and "Three on a Match" co-starring Joan Blondell and Bette Davis. Other notable films include "Flame of Barbary Coast" with John Wayne and "The Private Affairs of Bel Ami" co-starring Angela Lansbury.
Screenland Magazine did an article called "Inside the Stars' Homes" for the August 1935 issue.
Peel and cut lengthwise four bananas. Place in orange juice for half an hour in icebox, then put bananas on individual serving plates, log cabin fashion, and fill the centers with hulled, cleaned strawberries, also chilled in the icebox. Serve with French dressing, or whipped cream.
My special guest for this episode was film historian, biographer and Hollywood Kitchen regulars Christina Rice. She is the head of the photo archive at the Los Angeles Public Library and author of the book "Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel" and "Mean...Moody...Magnificent!: Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend".
The Final Result
Christina and her daughter put the bananas in a log cabin formation with the strawberries and whipped cream in the center. It looked FAR better than what I attempted.
I hope you will consider reading Christina's book "Ann Dvorak Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel". Our friends at Larry Edmunds Bookstore in Hollywood have it in stock. Several Ann Dvorak films can be found on TCM and many of them are available on DVD.
By the way, I love this Art Deco ad that Christina Rice found. WHO KNEW that Shredded Wheat could be so glamorous?
Thank you for watching and stay tuned for more food, fun and film history.