Lou told me recently that he took a boat with his mom to Capri, Italy when he was young. The amazing actor James Mason of Lolita fame happened to be on the boat as well. How cool! Unfortunately, Lou got seasick and was throwing up most of the trip. Anyway, Lou's story prompted me to look up James Mason on wikipedia.
I found out that James Mason was a cat-lover and wrote a book with his wife Pamela in 1949 called The Cats In Our Lives. The wonderful thing is that he illustrated the book as well. His ink drawings are superb and perfectly capture the personalities of his pet cats in a few strokes. More illustrations can be found on Silents and Talkies blog.
Read the intriguing story of art deco painter/illustrator Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar Wegener (a.k.a.Lili Elbe) who was also an accomplished painter (he did landscapes). They married young and moved from Copenhagen to Paris in 1912. He used to pose for his wife's paintings- dressed as a woman (above). A little later, he was one of the first people to have sex re-assignment surgery (his autobiography was published in the 1950's-book shown above). Coilhouse has the story along with some examples of Gerda's whimsically erotic illustrations. The ending is a sad one, unfortunately.LINK
A movie called "The Danish Girl" is being made with Nicole Kidman as Lili.
Artist Mark Demsteader did some wonderful portraits of actress Emma Watson.They were shown in a gallery in June 2011 where a portion of sales benefitted a charity for the education of girls in Africa. Story: LINK