B is for Benchley, Blondie, Bogart, Bacall, Bankhead, Banksy and Basquiat #atozchallenge

B is for Bear.
Jean-Michel Basquiat "Bird on Money"
Jean-Michel Basquiat “Bird on Money”

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.

robert benchley

“I must get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini.”

Robert Charles Benchley [1889-1945]

Robert Charles Benchley was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and his acclaimed short films, Benchley’s style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from New York City and his peers at the Algonquin Round Table to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.

Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s. Its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978.

"Follow Your Dreams CANCELLED" by Banksy
“Follow Your Dreams CANCELLED” by Banksy

Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique.

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor whose performances in iconic 1940s films noir such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep earned him status as a cultural icon.

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009, “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen, and a reputed libertine. Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Originating some of the twentieth century theater’s preeminent roles in comedy and melodrama, she gained acclaim as an actress on both sides of the Atlantic. Bankhead became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, and her unique voice and mannerisms are often subject to imitation and parody.

I am taking part in the April A to Z Blog Challenge. Every day in the month of April, I will post a blog entry related to a letter of the alphabet. I gave it some thought and wanted to keep it in line with what I write about here on Waldina.com and came up with famous quotes, people that inspire and music that resonates with me.


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  1. You had me at Basquiat.
    Interesting facts, Debbie Harry was a pivotal character in the movie Wild Style. A great movie based on the years graffiti was starting to catch on in New York ( also staring some really famous graffiti writers of the time like now deceased Dondi).
    Also Basquiat was a graffiti writer in NYC and wrote Samo.
    Awesome post!
    I look forward to more in the future.


  2. I love Blondie. I remember when I was a kid I had their single The Tide is High and I used to play it on my little record player. I thought I was a pretty cool back then. Lol

    I’m visiting from the A to Z Challenge.

    Shelly @ http://hangryfork.com


  3. It must have taken you forever to research your challenge posts! Happy to see Blondie featured 🙂


    1. I started the posts when I first signed up, creating 26 drafts and slowly adding and altering as the months passed. Then, the day before, I check to make sure they are how I want them and see if there is any more content I can add.

      Blondie’s “Parallel Lines” was one of the first albums I purchased with my birthday money. I was 9 years old. To this day, when I hear it, I feel empowered. If you get a chance, watch a clip of Blondie performing at the David Bowie tribute from earlier this week. Just perfection.


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