Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day one of Vacation

Dear blogger, I must say there is nothing more refreshing than a week on a cruise ship. And even better with a loved one and best friends added to the mix. We cruised the Southern Caribbean on board the Serenade of the sea. It was a lovely ship. I hope to find the time to blog each day on board with some of the wonderful photos that were captured. If you've never cruised I say what are you waiting for...call your local travel agent or give mine a ring.

This is the Itinerary for the week.

Day one....the camera crew on board is always out and about... It's tough sometimes to avoid them. We arrived very early and avoided the lines. How sweet is that?

The first thing we did when we got on board was to check out our stateroom. We were so excited as this balcony seemed real big in the plans that we were looking at....well to our amazement it was everything we imagined and more.
Then its off to the windjammer for a welcome aboard buffet.

Come back for day 2 as we will be in Tortola in the British Virgin Island.



Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Ellen, aka Hedda. It's so nice to meet Shirley's sister. I have never been on a cruise before. I think everyone I know has but us. Maybe it's high time we do it. Happy Valentines and I look forward to more photos from your cruise. :)

Ann said...

hey there Little Hedda!!!..your cruise looks wonderful!!! I've never been on one and I am pea-green with envy!! looking forward to more pictures..I can pretend I am there!! Will I need lots of sunscreen? hugs!

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Hedda Hopper


May 2, 1890

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons