Well for today, a little bit atypical post. I am a huge fan of British rock band Queen, and today is 22nd anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death. I wont even start to bother all of you how much I adore Freddie – the world lost his flamboyance, drama and extreme voice talent when he left us…
One thing Freddie was also famous for is his trademark moustache. Every November men all around the world are encouraged to wear moustache as a way of fight against prostate cancer.
So today I wanna present you my all time favorite moustache crew!
Born on June 20, 1909 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Errol Flynn engaged in an adventurous lifestyle behind the scenes that rivaled his dashing performances in some of classic Hollywood’s most iconic movies.
Flynn was synonymous with swashbuckling adventure and became an overnight star on the strength of his performances in Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1937). In fact, while many actors played Robin Hood, only Flynn has singularly been identified with the role. Flynn reached the pinnacle of his career in the late 1930s and early 1940s as the star of a wide variety of films, including many romantic comedies.
Following the war and the negative publicity he received for not serving – his studio kept the reasons for his unfitness out of the public eye – Flynn’s career hit a long, steady decline that was accentuated by a growing dependence on alcohol and pain killers.
Regardless of his reputations, deserved or undeserved, Flynn was a true icon of the silver screen. While never honored with an Academy Award nomination, he will always remain indelible to movie fans and one of the greatest matinee idols who ever lived.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí, born in 1904, is the most famous of the surrealist painters. Being an accomplished painter with an eccentric personality and a genius for marketing he became a foreground figure of the surrealist movement. In 1926 he was expelled from the school just before his final examination, after proclaiming that none of the professors were qualified to examine him. In his work, Salvador Dalí was influenced by Raphael and Velázquez among others. Diego Velázquez inspired him to grow his famous moustache, which became his trademark.
Psychology was of the utmost significance to the surrealists. They were heavily influenced by Sigmund Freud, but did not admit to Freud’s description of the dark side of human nature. Dalí said: “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” The Dalí Theatre and Museum in his home town Figueres houses the single largest collection of Dalí’s work.
Dalí in his words : “Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health. However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?”Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.”
Born William Clark Gable on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, Gable fell in love with acting after seeing a play at age 17. With his trademark mustache and devilish, dimpled smile, he exuded raw masculinity. Initially cast in supporting parts playing bad guys, Gable’s popularity began to grow, and he was paired with two major female stars: Joan Crawford in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) and Norma Shearer, whom he slapped in A Free Soul that same year. Gable blazed through the 1930s, and then came the role that took him from superstar to icon: Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). The public demanded that he plays the role, but Gable feared disappointing his fans, which of course, he proved to be wrong.
Gable and Carole Lombard met while filming No Man of Her Own in 1933; the two never dated until 1936. They married in 1939, but Carole Lombard died in a plane crash while on a war bond tour in 1942. Though devastated, Gable returned to work a month later for Someday I’ll Find You. Lombard’s death affected him for the rest of his life. One of the biggest stars in history, Clark Gable left a legacy of great films, playing roles that defined a tough, no-nonsense image.
Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie’s greatest creation. One of the most famous detectives in all fiction, he was created in 1916 when Agatha Christie penned the first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The Belgian detective appeared in 33 novels and 65 short stories and is the only fictional character to be honored with a front page obituary of The New York Times.
He likes things in an orderly manner and approves of symmetry everywhere. He despises dust and unclean homes and favors the indoors. Poirot also values method–to him the greatest method or tool in solving crime is using the “gray cells” of the brain. He derides such methods as examing footprints, collecting cigarette ash, searching for clues with a magnifying glass, or taking fingerprints. He says any crime can be solved with simply placing the puzzle pieces correctly.
Of course, Poirot’s mustache is as famous as his “little gray cells”. He has pride is his luscious, waxed black mustache and is always meticulously dressed down to his patent leather shoes.
Poirot was portrayed by many famous actors, but only portrayal approved by Agatha Christie herself is that of British actor David Suchet, who played him so amazing in Poirot TV series for the last 25 years.
Freddie Mercury (darlings!)
Born under the name of Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th, 1946, he grew up in Zanzibar and later on in India. To date, he is considered one of the greatest and most influential rock musicians in all of history. He is also one of quite a few great artists who were taken from this world far too early. Freddie was a brilliant and complex individual, full of flamboyance and panache on stage, while shy and almost timid off-stage. He started his musical journey at the tender age of 12 learning to play the piano.
Freddie moved to England in his late teens and quickly paid his dues in quite a few local bands.
After many false starts with each project he finally formed Queen; the band that would eventually make him the legendary star he’s still known as today. Despite his passing on 24th November 1991 at the tender age of 45 due to complications after contracting HIV, his mark on the music industry has not faded in the slightest.
When Freddie grew his moustache, people started throwing razor blades onstage, but they soon adapted to his new look! There are five ways to celebrate the life of Mercury on Freddie For A Day on September 5: you can simply donate money to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, buy or make a Freddie moustache to wear all day, dress as Freddie and get sponsored to go about your daily activities, buy a box of moustaches and hand them out in exchange for a donation, and/or “channel the immortal spirit” of Mercury and do something to raise money for the Trust.
Queen at Live Aid
Freddie talking about his moustache
…and the ladies give their support to the ‘stache…
Miss Dee as Freddie’s lost love child
Miss Nina and Miss Stela
Miss Antea and Miss Mare
Thank you girls!