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The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob by Sylvia Safran Resnick

The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob by Sylvia Safran Resnick


Hollywood reporter  Sylvia Resnick not only writes about the evolution of Hollywood heartthrobs, she lived it! (Learn more about Sylvia’s fascinating life in my review of her book, The Walton Family Cookbook.) Sylvia’s new book, The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob, offers us a perspective of Hollywood that we may not have thought about, and one I found,, particularly intriguing.

As a young woman I swooned over the likes of Clark Gable, Tyrone Power (Zorro my very first fantasy super hero), Gregory Peck, Richard Burton, Tony Curtis, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, just to name a few. Growing up in the fifties, we were given  a delightful array of charming male heartthrobs to fall in love with, while awaiting our own knight in shining armor to come along and swoop us off our feet.

The Big Screen world evolved before our very eyes. Most of us took it for granted. We were drawn in, mesmerized by the allure of the bigger than life characters that have now become a part of every day life, oblivious to how it would change our perspective on so many aspects of life. The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob lays this evolution out for us in black and white. Looking through the lens of the men in our Hollywood lives, Sylvia takes us decade by decade, through the lives of the most enchanting of male actors, complete with photos, biographical information, facts, films, and bits of personal info that we likely did not know. An overview of the most significant world events lays the groundwork for each decade. It’s fascinating.

Sylvia’s new book is a great book to peruse on lazy weekend afternoon, or a snowy day like the one we have here today. I keep my copy close at hand on a table in my living room. It’s a perfect coffee table book, a conversation starter and a perfect gift for anyone who loves the movies, and who doesn’t!

The Evolution of the Hollywood Heartthrob is available on Amazon.



Laurie Schur ~ Director of “The Beauty of Aging”

Laurie Schur ~ Director of “The Beauty of Aging”

Laurie Schur Laurie Schur, spent her life helping others. For 25 years during her career as a psychotherapist, she used her education and knowledge to assist those looking for solutions to life’s problems.  The time arrived, however, when she began looking in earnest for answers for herself.  Intuitively aware that her own aging process would be unlike that of the previous generation’s, she was eager to find a role model that would reveal a different view of aging. Thus began her journey as the Director and Producer of “The Beauty of Aging” film project.

The goal of her project was to share the stories of active, extraordinary American women over eighty, but it has gone far beyond its original intent.  In fact, it has helped to explode the myths that were previously held by many that aging ushers in a period of steady decline and that aging individuals have little to offer the world or society.

“The extraordinary women in our film are so engaged in their activities, so filled with curiosity, and wisdom, that they are completely redefining old age,” Laurie tells us. “As part of the fastest growing population in American, these women are forging a new trail for other women.” Things are not at all as they seemed.

Greedy for Life is the first release from this important project. A 35-minute short featuring two of the women selected for The Beauty of Aging project, this film gives us a taste of things to come and leaves us eager for the next release. Shirley and Lavada tell their stories in a way that is not only uplifting but awe inspiring. We are introduced to two compelling women who embrace life with such energy and enthusiasm that it is contagious and one walks away with a new respect for the aging population and new role models for our own aging.

“Greedy for Life”, an official selection for Gero-Ed Film Festival,  is available for purchase and is being used by individuals, organizations, groups, colleges and universities, as an educational and inspirational film on aging. You won’t want to miss a chance to see it.

Keep up with Laurie and the production of The Beauty of Aging on Facebook.