UPDATE: Funny Lady Blogathon

Hello everyone! I have been just overwhelmed by the response to the blogathon! There are more wonderful entries than I could have hoped for. Since we have reached the 10 day countdown, I thought it would be a good time to update everyone.

First, though, let me explain what the blogathon is all about. We are celebrating the feminine side of comedy, specifically classic film and television. Participants choose comedienne who was active from the dawn of film to 1970. Then the fun begins!

Some bloggers will be writing bios. Some will be reviewing films. Others will be creating articles.  There is no limit on how you can celebrate your funny lady! Paint a picture, write a poem, make a GIF, create a gallery, edit a video tribute… Whatever you like so long as it celebrates your actress of choice.

You can still participate!

As I stated in my previous post, this is an open blogathon and there is no pre-event cut-off date for registration. That means that you can submit your funny lady choice up to the dates of the event, June 29-30. The two hard and fast rules that I have are that the funny lady must be from the pre-1970 era and that there be no duplicates. There are so many talented women in the business of classic comedy that it should be easy to find a unique choice to celebrate.

To join up, just let me know the name and URL of your blog, as well as your funny lady of choice. You can contact me by email, reach me on Twitter (@MoviesSilently) or leave a comment.

If you are on Tumblr and wish to participate in a purely visual manner, simply use the tag #funnyladyblogathon on the blogathon dates.

If you change your mind and want to choose another actress: Just let me know and I will adjust the roster. Easy!

I know that a lot of the major players have been taken already. Here is a small list of great actresses who have not yet found a home:

Audrey Hepburn, June Allyson, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Marie Dressler, Constance Talmadge, Mae Busch, Ethel Merman, Dorothy Provine, Natalie Wood, Shirley Temple, Margaret Sullavan, Goldie Hawn (if you want to cover Cactus Flower), Lee Remick (she was marvelously funny in No Way to Treat a Lady), Lupe Velez, Debbie Reynolds, Paulette Goddard, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter


Here is what is going to happen on the day of the blogathon: I will put up a new post listing the participants.

Here’s what I would like you to do: Please contact me with the URL of your blogathon post. Otherwise, I will be posting a link to your blog’s homepage, which will mean it will be more difficult for readers to find your blogathon post as time passes.

Also, please be sure to link back to one of the blogathon’s posts on this site so that your readers can enjoy the work of the other participants.

Non-participation: If you had an emergency or just plain forgot, let me know and I will be sure to keep your blog on the roster, even if the post is up to a week late.

If you are going out of town and would like to post a little early, that is perfectly all right by me. All you need to do is send me the URL of your post and I will make sure it is listed with the others.

I have arbitrarily divided the ladies into three categories covering the time when they did their most famous work. It’s just a guesstimate to keep things tidy so don’t be mad if I put someone in the wrong slot.

Blogs with direct links to the posts will be marked with an *

The Silent Ladies

*Movies Silently | Marion Davies in Show People + sundry GIFs

Comet Over Hollywood | Zasu Pitts

*The World’s Funniest Dissertation | Mabel Normand

*The Movie Rat | Louise Fazenda

*Noir and Chick Flicks | Clara Bow

*Family Friendly Reviews | Mary Pickford in My Best Girl

*A Modern Musketeer | Martha Sleeper

*A Mythical Monkey | Funny Ladies of the Silent Era: A Baker’s Dozen

The Golden Age, Thirties and Forties

*I Started Late and Forgot the Dog | Ginger Rogers

*Crítica Retrô | Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday

*Girls Do Film | Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

*The Vintage Cameo | Carmen Miranda

*Thrilling Days of Yesteryear | Thelma Todd

*Classic Movie Hub | Kathleen Howard

*I Humbly Suggest… | Irene Dunne

*She Blogged by Night | Margaret Dumont in Duck Soup

*Portraits by Jenni | Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story

*Spoilers | Jean Arthur in The Public Menace

*Stardust | Una Merkel

*Close Ups and Long Shots | Jean Harlow

*Shadows and Satin | Isabel Jewell

*Love Those Classic Movies!!! | Billie Burke

*Film Flare | Barbara Stanwyck

*i luv cinema | Mae West

*Destroy All Fanboys | Betty Hutton The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Naughty Librarian | Miriam Hopkins

Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence | Myrna Loy

*Movie Classics | Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit

*Let’s Go to the Movies | Carole Lombard

The Nifty Fifties and Swinging Sixties

*Motion Picture Gems | Marjorie Main

*Silver Scenes | Joan Davis

*Frankly My Dear | Lucille Ball

*The Kitty Packard Pictorial | Shirley MacLaine

*Once Upon a Screen | Gracie Allen

*The Great Katharine Hepburn | When Comedy Was Queen: The Women of the 1950s Sitcom

*Blame Mame | Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

*Oh, Don’t Be Diriculous! | Doris Day

*Caftan Woman | Judy Holliday

*The Motion Pictures | Mary Tyler Moore

*Cindy Bruchman | Maureen O’Hara

*Cinemalacrum | Marilyn Monroe

19 Replies to “UPDATE: Funny Lady Blogathon”

  1. HI! I would .like to play! I was thinking of writing a blog about Maureen O’Hara and her funny portrayal opposite John Wayne in The Quiet Man and why they are funny together…Is that okay? Can I include their chemistry in other films (mention)?

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