Sunday, 28 December 2014

In remembrance...stars who passed away in 2014

This is just a short list of celebrities who passed away in 2014. The list includes celebrities, inspirational people, and people that were very talented in their line of work.

Lauren Bacall, aged 89

Shirley Temple, aged 85

Maya Angelou, aged 86

Robin Williams, aged 63
Joe Cocker, aged 70
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, aged 46
Joan Rivers, aged 81
Ann B. Davis (Alice, from The Brady Bunch), aged 88
James Garner, aged 86
Richard Attenborough, aged 90
Harold Ramis, aged 69
Sid Caesar, aged 91
Mickey Rooney, aged 93
Ruby Dee, aged 91
Eli Wallach, aged 98
Bobby Womack, aged 70
Bob Hoskins, aged 71
Peaches Geldof, aged 25
Tommy Ramone, aged 65
Polly Bergen, aged 84
Oscar de la Renta, aged 82
Russell Johnson (the Professor on Gilligan's Island), aged 89

Charlotte with Horace the dog. 

On a personal note, I would like to pay tribute to Charlotte Dawson. Charlotte was a model and television host in Australia and New Zealand.

Charlotte and I made online friends a few years ago. We tweeted each other about something...I think it was about gravy...she wanted to know how you could tell if gravy was off in the tin. 

She became one of my cheerleaders. When I was selling earrings, she would unexpectedly tell her 60,000 followers know about what I was selling.

Whenever I did a celebrity feature on my blog she would always help me out. Whatever I wanted, she was there to assist.

I loved her honesty, her passion to try and make the wrong things right, her wit and her caring nature.

Charlotte and I are still friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I still occasionally write on her Facebook when I think of her. I do the same with other friends I have lost since I've been on social media.

Charlotte died in February this year, aged 47 years. I wish she knew how much she is missed. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rockabilly photo shoot

This is my beautiful cousin, Jordi.

Here she is totally rocking the vintage look from a photo shoot in Sydney recently.

Jordi. Rockabilly Photo shoot. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses

Jordi. Rockabilly Photo shoot. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Pop Art hits Sydney

I'm excited about this one!

Pop to popism is the latest exhibition to be held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The exhibition features 200 works by 70 international and Australian pop artists. 

Art by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Robert Indiana, Martin Sharp, Brett Whiteley, Maria Kozic, Richard Hamilton, Peter Powditch, David Hockney, Martha Rosler, Ed Rusha, Peter Blake, Gilbert and George, Richard Larter and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Works are on loan from collections from all over the world.

The exhibition runs until March 1, 2015.

Retrogoddess has a double pass to giveaway for entry to Pop to popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To enter leave a comment below or email A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, December 19. 

Here are a just a few of my favourite artworks from the exhibition.

Pop Art hits Sydney. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses. Andy Warhol artist

Andy Warhol  Marilyn Monroe 1967 silkscreen on paper 1 of suite of 10: 91.5 x 91.5 cm (each) Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles © Andy Warhol  

Pop Art hits Sydney. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses. Andy Warhol artist

Andy Warhol Triple Elvis 1963 aluminium paint and printer’s ink screenprinted on canvas 209.2 x 180.6 cm Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis. © Andy Warhol Foundation

Pop Art hits Sydney. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses. Peter Powditch artist

Peter Powditch The big towel 1969 oil on composition board 183.6 x 122.4 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Samuel E. Wills Bequest, 1979 © Peter Powditch

Pop Art hits Sydney. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses. Richard Indiana Love artist.

Robert Indiana Love cross 1968 oil on canvas, five panels 457.2 x 457.2 cm overall The Menil Collection, Houston © Robert Indiana

Pop Art hits Sydney. Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses. Roy Lichtenstein artist.

Roy Lichtenstein    In the car 1963    oil and magna on canvas, 172 x 203.5 cm   
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art    Purchased 1980    © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Retrogoddess recommends...Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Sophia Loren

Autobiographies are my favourite, especially when it's a new autobiography by one of the most famous actresses in the world.

Sophia discusses her childhood in Naples. Being a daughter, mother, wife and grandmother and actress.

She also shares her stories about Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Richard Burton and Gregory Peck.

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” 
― Sophia Loren