a Spent the best part of their careers under contract at Warner Brothers (although Kay made some stunners first at Paramount)
a Were utterly unique in appearance (Warners had an eye for players who were not like anyone else)
a Wore clothes like nobody's business
a Did most of their best work pre-code
a Saw their careers crumble at Warner Brothers (although Ann chose to walk away)
Kay Francis was well known as one of the best-dressed women in Hollywood and provided the perfect subject for Warner Brothers chief designer Orry-Kelly. She was elegant and cosmopolitan, but also had a kind of breezy charm that comes across today as very natural.
|This Dark Lady looks elegant in black and pearls|
|Kay was quite tall and was made for those gowns that sweep the floor|
|She looks good in gowns that drape the stairs, too|
|Kay could do sporty|
|Just a beautiful, glamorous lady|
|A Grecian vision|
|My favorite Warners look - from "Mandalay"|
Kay was the "top dog" at Warners until a force of nature by the name of Bette Davis blew in. Never the actress that Davis was (who was, for that matter), Kay was the movie star deluxe. I simply can't take my eyes off of her!
Ann was not quite as glamorous as Kay, but she had a sophisticated allure that I find, well, alluring. While Kay was a calmer type, Ann was high-strung. Her emotions were vibrating barely below the surface. She was all clean lines and wore her Warners fashions with classic, casual ease.
|Ann looks good from all angles|
|Ann looked swell in polka dots|
|Oh, that hat!|
|One of my favorite looks - clean and chic|
|Love the shoes|
|Who wouldn't come back for more of Ann?|