"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Girl of the Day - Gloria Grahame

One of the classic Hollywood bad girls, born today in 1923.   She was Violet in It's a Wonderful Life, which is ubiquitous during the holiday season, but her best roles were in noirs like In a Lonely Place (1950) with Humphrey Bogart:

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