By Angelica Jade Bastién

Angelica Jade Bastién is a writer and Southern dame currently living in Chicago. She writes primarily about Old Hollywood, noir, and female madness. She is focusing on her first novel The Perversions of Quiet Girls. You can find more of her work at Madwomen & Muses.

Pretty Boys & Pathos: The Unmaking of Paul Newman

part of Pretty Boys & Pathos, an ongoing column exploring the men of classic Hollywood In a July 1953 letter to writer Budd Schulberg about casting On the Waterfront, famed director Elia Kazan wrote: “If we don’t get Brando, I’m for Paul Newman. This boy will definitely be a film star. I have absolutely no doubt.…

Pretty Boys & Pathos: The Night Was Mine

Click to read more in Bastien’s Pretty Boys & Pathos column. To understand Tony Curtis you need to chart the contradictions between his pretty boy looks and the darkness lurking at the edge of his smile—long lashes, bright blue eye—he’s hard to peg. His looks lie at the strange crossroads between matinee idol and Brooklyn…

Pretty Boys & Pathos: An Introduction

A column exploring the men of classic Hollywood. The obsession always begins with an image: Paul Newman’s eyes, such an impossible shade of blue, as he glowers at Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Bette Davis’s face contorting with anger, using a cigarette to punctuate every insult in All About Eve; Orson…