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Trivia from the 1950s. by Melodie Jeanne

The 1950s weren't that long ago, but it was a completely different world. There were no iPods, no computers, no mobile phones, no dvds and no internet. It was a bit of a complex period. It was just after the second world war and things were bleak. It was a period of social conservatism, but it was also a period of change. As far as superpowers were concerned, Britain was declining and the US was rising, but so was the Soviet Union. Here are some interesting things about the 1950s.


Sandra Dee (23RD 1942 – 20TH FEBRUARY 2005). American film actress. Famous films include Imitation of Life (1959) and A Summer Place (1959).

Doris Day (3RD APRIL 1924). Real name: Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff. American singer, dancer, actress and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day.

Sophia Loren (20TH SEPTEMBER 1934). Oscar-winning Italian film actress. Born Sofia Villani Scicolone. Famous films include Boy on a Dolphin (1957) and The Pride and the Passion (1957).

Ava Gardner (24TH DECEMBER 1922 – 25TH JANUARY 1990). American actress. Nominated for an Oscar for her role in Mogambo (1953).

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