Project grants/Golden Hollywood

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Project details[edit | edit source]

Full project name
Golden Hollywood
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Please describe the project in 1–2 sentences
To get a series of articles related to Classic American cinema, (Golden Hollywood) from 1920s-1960s up to Good Article status. Frank Sinatra’s article to Good Article status for 100th anniversary by December 12, 2015.
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Project lead details[edit | edit source]

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Project lead name
Dr. Blofeld
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Dr. Blofeld
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Goals and measures of success[edit | edit source]

Project goal[edit | edit source]

To get a series of core articles which are on the Vital Articles lists up to Good Article status in the long term, primarily the top classic Hollywood film stars of the 1930s-1960s era, but possibly also the odd director or film too. Most of the real core biographies like Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner etc are nowhere near the good quality that they should be in a 15 year old project. They all get a lot of traffic daily.

Measures of success[edit | edit source]

Each project will be a success once the article reaches Good article status. For Frank Sinatra in particular, getting it to Good Article status and appearing on the front page as a top DYK or Featured Article on December 12th.

Budget and resources[edit | edit source]

Project budget breakdown
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

Request for the following books all from Amazon (including postage cost):

  1. His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra (£10.50) (Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
  2. Sinatra in Hollywood (£2.81)(Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
  3. Lady Blues Eyes: My Life With Frank Sinatra (£2.80) (Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
  4. Frank Sinatra: My Father (£2.80)(Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
  5. Frank:The Voice (£13.72) (Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
  6. Sessions with Sinatra (£14.43) (Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
Total cost: £47.06
Good article? Yes check.svgY
Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara

Request for the following books all from Amazon (including postage cost):

  1. Tis' Herself (£14.69) (Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
  2. Maureen O'Hara: The Biography (Screen Classics) (£13.22) (Yes check.svgY Received, used and returned)
Total cost: £27.91
Good article? Yes check.svgY
Cary Grant
Cary Grant

Request for the following books all from Amazon:

  1. A Class Apart by Graham McCann (£0.01) (Received)
  2. Cary Grant: The Lonely Heart (£0.01) (Received)
  3. Cary Grant: Dark Angel (£24.03) (Received)
  4. Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant (£1.29 (Requested)
  5. Complete Films of Cary Grant (£0.01) (Requested)
  6. Cary Grant: In Name Alone (£0.01) (Requested)
  7. Richard Schickel's A Celebration (£0.01) (Requested)
Total cost: £25.37 excluding P&P
Good article? Yes check.svgY

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

Request for the following books all from Amazon:

  1. Audrey Hepburn: Fair Lady of the Screen by Ian Woodward (£9.99)
  2. Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto (£0.01)
  3. Audrey: Her Real Story by Alexander Walker (£0.01)
  4. Audrey Hepburn: A Biography by Martin Gitlin (£13.98)
  5. Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris (£0.01)
  6. An Intimate Portrait by Diana Maychick (£0.01)
  7. Audrey Hepburn, Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer (£0.01)
  8. The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn by Jerry Vermilye (£4.04)
  9. Audrey and Givenchy by Cindy De la Hoz (£7.30)
  10. Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke Keogh (£0.01)
Total cost: £42.84 excluding P&P

Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
  1. Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood by Suzanne Finstad (£1.67)
  2. Natalie Wood Film Stars by Rebecca Sullivan (£12.37)
  3. Natalie:Memoir by her Sister (£0.01)
  4. Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour by Martin Rulli (£7.42)
  5. American Legends:Life of Natalie Wood (£3.32)
  6. Natalie Wood:A Life by Gavin Lambert (£0.01)
Total cost: £24.80 excluding P&P

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart

Possible future articles: Ginger Rogers, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster.

Non-financial assistance requested

Impact and benefits[edit | edit source]

Frank Sinatra in particular is the sort of biography that I view as a sort of "penthouse" of biographical articles on wikipedia, if you pardon the Las Vegas pun. It doesn't get bigger or bolder than Sinatra. Arguably the most popular entertainer overall of the 20th century, certainly one of the world's most charismatic and enigmatic entertainers, who seemed to be a different person on many different levels, from singer to Hollywood actor to mob connections. He gets more than twice as many daily hits as cinema giants like Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, two others I'm interested in at some point. Monthly he currently gets about 160,000 views, so in ten years this article will be seen by 20 million people, probably more as traffic grows each year, it might be nearer 50 million by 2025! I think it's one of those core articles wikipedia really must have a good article for.

Maureen O'Hara, one of the most beautiful and earthy actresses of classic cinema, frequently worked with director John Ford and John Wayne. Her most famous films are Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and The Quiet Man (1952).. Recently passes away at 95 and was one of the last living actresses of the Golden period. Usually she gets around 25,000 views a month, though will have significantly more in late October and November due to death.

Cary Grant is one of the most charismatic, charming and greatest actors of not just classic cinema, but of all time. Frequently worked with directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Leo McCarey. Some of his most famous films include The Awful Truth (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1940), Suspicion (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Notorious (1946), Monkey Business (1952), To Catch a Thief (1955), North By Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963). He usually gets around 60,000 views a month, probably more as traffic grows each year.

Discussion[edit | edit source]


Sorry to let you down Richard Nevell (WMUK) and Karla Marte(WMUK) but for several reasons I've decided to semi retire from wikipedia for the time being I haven't retired fully yet, I'm still planning on making a grant proposal later in the year to WMF which might change things, which I hope WMUK will be happy to be a part of, but I've given way too much of my time and goodwill to the site for so long and got little back in return. I know that if I promote Audrey Hepburn I'll only continue to be faced with trolling and mass heartache I've faced with Kubrick and Sinatra. It just isn't worth the effort, and I don't think I'm valued enough to want to be able continue at the moment. Dr. Blofeld (talk) 19:18, 6 January 2017 (GMT)

Hi Dr. Blofeld, I only just noticed that as we talked about this over email I never left a reply here. There is of course no let down. The work on Sinatra, Grant, and O'Hara has been an enormous effort which benefits hundreds of thousands of readers every month. Let's leave the final peak for someone else to scale. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 12:51, 27 March 2017 (BST)

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Articles with Good Article status[edit | edit source]

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Maureen O'Hara
  • Cary Grant