Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Cleopatra Clutch

Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry’s girlfriend, wore a Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch to the wedding reception of Princess Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. The designer, Lana Marks, was a personal friend of Princess Diana as well as the Princess’s favorite handbag designer. The Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch is made from exotic alligator. The Cleopatra Clutch is a red carpet standard in Hollywood.

So, let's see the other celebrities who have been spotted with the Cleopatra Clutch:

Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Academy Awards nominated for for Best Actress for her role in The Changeling

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2005 Emmy Awards.

Jennifer Garner at the 2005 Academy Awards

Helen Mirren, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Queen

Charlize Theron, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster at the 2004 Academy Awards

Kate Winslet, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress

Lucy Liu at the Met Costume Institute Gala

Friday, April 29, 2011

Enroll in Cleopatra U!

Montclair State University is offering the rare opportunity to take a class on Cleopatra taught by world renowned expert, Prudence Jones. This class is taught completely online and is open to anyone interested!

Prudence Jones holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She has published three books and numerous articles. Her two books on Cleopatra are Cleopatra (Life & Times) and Cleopatra: A Sourcebook. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University. She has lectured widely on Cleopatra, including at the APA Annual Meeting in Dallas in 1999. In 2008, she traveled to Egypt as part of a BBC/Discovery Channel documentary, "Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer."

This course will examine Cleopatra VII both as she appears in the historical record and as later authors and artists have shaped her image. Issues considered include female power, east vs. west, and politics and propaganda. Cleopatra is not only a fascinating personality but also will afford us the opportunity to consider the Hellenistic period, the origins of the Roman empire, the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, and women’s roles in ancient society. In addition, the course will offer an introduction to the study of reception, the re-creation and re-interpretation of history, art, and literature in subsequent ages. Thus, in addition to studying the historical Cleopatra, we will examine such works as Chaucer’s The Legend of Good Women, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, and the decorative arts associated with the “Egyptomania” that accompanied the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt.Readings will include ancient sources (the historians and literary authors from the ancient world who wrote about Cleopatra), modern biographies of Cleopatra, and post-antique texts that portray Cleopatra.

This course is conducted on Blackboard, completely self-paced and no scheduled meetings. Assignments include readings, Blackboard quizzes, and short papers.

June 13, 2011 - July 7, 2011.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles being Cleopatra in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. Beyoncé's character Deena becomes a star and her career takes off. Soon she’s been touted as the lead in a new Cleopatra movie.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: Piero di Cosim

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci
While portraying Cleopatra with an asp around her neck
Piero di Cosimo

Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci, nicknamed "La Bella Simonetta" (1453–26 April 1476) was the Genoese wife of the Italian nobleman Marco Vespucci of Florence as well as the alleged mistress of Giuliano de' Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent's younger brother). She was renowned for being the greatest beauty of her age in Florence. Countless poems and canvasses by many artists were made in her honor

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Lana Buss

Photography by Larry Stone
12 North Photography

Lana Buss being Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare at the Southwest Shakespeare Company in the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ.

Performance dates: April 14th - 30th 2011
For information and tickets visit Southwest Shakespeare Company:
Call the Mesa Arts Center Box Office: (480) 644-6500

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Cora Urquhart Potter

Cora Urquhart Potter as cleopatra

Cora Urquhart Potter being Cleopatra in the 1889 production of Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare. She was named the New York "society actress" since many of her roles were condemned by the critics, yet they also attracted audiences, partly from sensational (and overdrawn) descriptions of the gauzy garments.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cleopatra Costumes Up For Auction

Debbie Reynolds: The Auction Part I
June 18th, 2011
The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This is a rare opportunity for you to own a piece of Hollywood History. Debbie Reynolds' collection represents the largest private compilation of Hollywood Memorabilia in the world. For the first time in nearly five decades, these iconic pieces will be made available to the public through a series of auctions presented by Profiles In History beginning in June 2011.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Lilli Palmer

Lilli Palmer being Cleopatra in George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra from December 21, 1949 - April 29, 1950.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Jennifer Lines

Jennifer Lines being Cleopatra in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at Bard on the Beach in 2010.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cleopatra's Jewelry

Cleopatra's actual jewelry as featured in the Cincinnati, OH exhibit Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.
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