Dianne Foster’s sultry 1950s glamour

31 Jul

Writing-wise, it’s been busy lately, for which I’m very grateful in these uncertain times. Just wrote a lot of erotic fiction for one online client, while doing scores of tweets for a femdom site that I work for daily, and also writing video descriptions for a bondage site and doing preliminary research for an ebook about a famous dominatrix.

Yes, being a freelance porn/erotica writer is sometimes like being the guy who used to balance whirling plates on sticks on the old Ed Sullivan Show here.  Of course, that’s a description that could fit freelance writers of many genres.

Anyway, I post at least once a month on this blog. I’m working on another post, about a collaboration I recently did with the British femdom artist Sardax, which I plan to have up in a few days; it’s just taken me a little longer than I’d expected.

Sardax did a series of paintings inspired by the bondage artist John Willie’s Sweet Gwendoline comics, but with a femdom slant instead of JW’s usual gals-in-ropes approach, and I wrote the story to go along with it. It appears in the section called “Sardax’s Garret” on The English Mansion here, the fantastic paysite run by the well-known British dominatrix Mistress Sidonia von Bork. It was a fun project and I’ll have some interesting things to say about writing it.

Meantime I have these pretty pictures for you. One thing I enjoy doing to relax is what I like to call “time-traveling” by perusing vintage magazines, and it’s especially fun with the British movie magazine  Picturegoer from the 1950s.

Covergirl Dianne Foster, who died just three years ago at the age of 90, made some very good movies and worked with a lot of great actors. She also did dramatic tv in the ’50s and ’60s before retiring to raise her children. When I think of Dianne–who was born and bred in Canada and was of Ukrainian descent–three films that come to mind are 1954’s Drive a Crooked Road, where she memorably plays a deceitful but remorseful temptress to a naive race car driver (Mickey Rooney); 1957’s The Brothers Rico, where she is the sensual but overwrought wife of an ex-mobster (Richard Conte), in a story in which she’s desperate to adopt a child and afraid it won’t happen; and 1954’s Three Hours to Kill, where she plays a saucy lady of the Old West, running a hotel, who pines for Dana Andrews, who’s come back to town to find out who framed him for a killing.

Dianne had a great voice too and established herself, before films, as a radio star in Canada. Another movie of hers that I enjoyed was 1961’s King of the Roaring Twenties, The Story of Arnold Rothstein, in which she played opposite David Janssen, who had the title role before he starred so indelibly in the tv show The Fugitive–on which Dianne had a 1965 guest star appearance, too. Miss Foster was also in The Last Hurrah (1958) with Spencer Tracy, and Night Passage (1957) with Jimmy Stewart, Dan Duryea, and Audie Murphy.

Read more about Dianne in a good short biographical article here.

I love the leggy pinup cover shot from 1955, and the sultry glamour pose from another issue in 1953. Gorgeous lady and a fine actress! I sure dig the style of these vintage photos. So evocative and inspiring, always.


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