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5/10/10

Channeling Diana Vreeland {+ a giveaway!}

 
Once I started thinking about The Plaza Hotel,
my thoughts led to Kay Thomspon, 
the author of the amazing Eloise children's books.
Not only did she live in The Plaza herself, 
and write the famous Eloise books,
but she was an amazing actress, singer and dancer as well!
Kay Thompson starred in the movie, "Funny Face" alongside
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
Ms. Thompson played Maggie Prescott,
the editor in chief of Quality Magazine.
This character was based entirely on Diana Vreeland.
Watching "Funny Face" on dvd recently,
I couldn't get over how well this
fifty year old movie holds up today.

Which got me thinking.....

"Just go ahead.  Give ideas away. 
Under every idea there is a new idea
waiting to be born."
                        ~Diana Vreeland

If you would like to win your own copy of this dvd, PLUS, a copy of Diana Vreeland's autobiography, "DV", a witty and charming tell all about the glitz and drama of the high fashion world, leave a comment, and a way to reach you, below.

One winner will be drawn using Random.Org
on Friday May 14th, and announced on Saturday, May 15th.
This giveaway is open to everyone.
Good Luck!



Images via: IMDB; Amazon;GoogleImages

118 comments:

  1. What an adorable give-a-way! So creative - I would love to win - have never seen the movie & I am sure the book is great too.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  2. there are a couple of Eloise fans in this house, myself included!
    ~Tara

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  3. Who doesn't love Eloise?

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  4. Now that's something lovely to win!

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  5. a witty prize! love both, pgt

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  6. I've never seen the movie but it sounds great! What a creative post!
    Have a great day:)
    Kisses

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  7. The Eloise movies are my favourites to watch with the children! I looove them! (I'm having a giveaway today too:) Wishing you a lovely new week!

    Kristin xxxx

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  8. Great idea for a giveaway! I have only seen bits and pieces of Funny Face and would love to see the whole thing!!

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  9. oh, one of my favs! not yet in my collection! but maybe to be soon, hehe! thank you for this fabulous Giveaway!

    reach me on Twitter as ya know! ;)

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  10. Amazing! Such a great giveaway. You can contact me through a comment on my blog or email: missaudreyallure@gmail.com

    :)

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  11. i love the photo w/ her at the desk. So "Auntie Mame"!!!!

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  12. Oh I love that movie! I had no idea she wrote the Eloise books. Great post and great giveaway!!!

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  13. Love how your hotel post led to your giveaway! Count me in - haven't seen this movie in years.

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  14. Sign me up! Would love to add those to my collection!

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  15. Amber Smith5/10/2010

    I would love to learn more about Diana V! What a great giveaway :)

    Best,
    Amber

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  16. What an exciting give away! I love your blog - thank you for all the creative inspiration!

    keddins@nc.rr.com

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  17. Sue, what a great giveaway! Fingers are crossed. I love autobiographies!

    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  18. I've never seen either one so count me in !

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  19. I love Funny Face! Great giveaway!

    butterflychk500@yahoo.com

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  20. What a wonderful giveaway!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to win that, I adore biographies, always so fascinating! And, embarrassingly enough, I have never seen Funny Face. So, um I should win! ;) Have a great Monday!!!

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  22. Great idea for a giveaway! It's been forever since I last saw it. Loved your post about your wedding reception and honeymoon night at The Plaza... Lucky girl! What a great memory... one to cherish for a lifetime. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!
    That was so cool that E+J were in Pound Ridge recently... you must meet up with them in that junk palace the next time they are there. I told them how awesome you are!! Thank too for all your comments on my blog!!
    Love you!

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  23. Been a long time since I last saw Funny Face. And I love biographies. Put my name in pretty please.

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  24. Oh, this is truly the most phenomenal giveaway I have ever seen on a blog! Diana Vreeland and Eloise are two of my favorite people. I always say that I live my life according to rules thought up by Eloise; and Diana Vreeland is the inspiration of my weekly "Why Don't You?" posts. I have been trying to get a copy of "DV" for ages. Would love to win this!

    cafefashionista@yahoo.com

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  25. What a fantastic giveaway! I had no idea that Kay Thompson was in funny face. I've never seen the movie, but I'm on a big classic film kick so I'm sure I will be watching it soon. Enjoy your monday :)
    XO fallon

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  26. this is an AMAZING giveaway! Never seen Funny Face, but definitely think I need to add that to my list and adore the incredible Diana and have had the book on my wishlist for quite some time!
    xoxo ashley

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  27. Love the idea of this giveaway -- Just adorable!

    P.S. I can be reached at tiersofjoyblog@gmail.com. :)

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  28. What a fun giveaway -- sign me up! I absolutely adored the Eloise books as a child. My sister and I spent a lot of time pretending to be Eloise and saying things like "charge it please and thankyouverymuch!" ;)

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  29. I love women with passion whether they are big or small :)) great combo

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  30. I love much here....DV's fabulous quote (which I'm saving), classic movies, timeless designs, Eloise, and freebies!! Thanks, Sue for a great way to start a Monday.

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  31. LOVE this giveaway! So cute! leahhill86@gmail.com

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  32. Amazing Giveaway! I love love love everything about this.

    tiffkaddy@hotmail.com

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  33. Not only is The Plaza my favorite hotel in the city, but Funny Face is one of my favorite movies!! I remember tea at the Palm Court with my grandmother whenever we stayed in New York... I wonder what Kay Thompson would have said about the Versace makeover!

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  34. Creative. Eloise has been on my mind with having a little girl. I LOVED Eloise growing up and remember going to tea with my mom at the Plaza and seeing her portrait. Fun!
    Thanks,
    Missy

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  35. gotta love audrey. cute giveaway!

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  36. What a darling giveaway!!!

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  37. Great giveaway! I'd love to win!!! :)

    Audrey was looking lovely at the last photo, hope she was still alive....

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  38. I hate to say this, but I've never seen Funny Face. I think that's a sin against all that is chic, but it's the truth. I do however love a good autobiography :)

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  39. What a fun giveaway! And a very clever tie-in to the last post. I'd love a chance to win - thanks!

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  40. How did I not know about Kay Thompson being in Funny Face? Wonderful movie.

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  41. Shockingly pink, great giveaway! Totally love the Eloise books - I think they are responsible for my dream of living in a posh hotel.

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  42. I loved Eloise as a kid, and we felt so special to stay at the Plaza when we were kids and visited NYC. In fact, we named our dog Eloise. Sounds like your husband's proposal was very special. I also loved all of those new images. I haven't been by since the update.

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  43. Please put my name in the hat for this fun giveaway. We have read lot of Eloise books thru elementary school!

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  44. such a cute giveaway! and very appropriate given that's where you were engaged :) love it!

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  45. Oh Eloise is my absolute favorite!!!!!!! I dressed my daughter up like her for school a couple of weeks ago. Great giveaway!
    xx

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  46. so posh and a memorable place for you...congrats for 15 years of bliss! have a great week...verbena cottage

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  47. I absolutely love funny face. It's been a favorite of mine for quite awhile.

    creatingchildhoodmemories (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. Fun, fun fun idea for a givaway! If I win my gmail is on my blog!

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  49. Love this giveaway! DV holds a special place in my heart (I used to work for Kenneth Jay Lane, her very good friend). If I am the lucky winner you can e-mail me at cara.gardner09@gmail.com

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  50. love it what a fab giveaway!!! would looove to get it!! After your post I am super curious now to learn more about her!! thanks!!
    Hope you are havinga great Monday!

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  51. Funny Face is one of my all time favorites! What a wonderful giveaway. Please pick me! k_defilippo@yahoo.com.

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  52. I am smitten! Fingers crossed...

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  53. funny face is one of my favorite Audrey's films, love it
    Such a great giveaway thanks!!!

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  54. what a fun giveaway!! Thank you for thinking of such a cool one!! Kathysue

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  55. Sounds like a great prize!! xx-Gina

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  56. What is not to love about this post, and memories abound regarding the movie and Eloise, and my childhood, thanks for the giveaway idea, I would love to enter. Thank you.

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  57. I hadn't made the connection between the books and Funny Face. What a great giveaway - I just love the movie and would love to read the bok!

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  58. This is such a fab giveaway! She is amazing!
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  59. I meant to comment on your Friday post because it just about made me fall out of my chair. Where to begin. I am OBSESSED with Eloise and the Plaza. It was the first book I ever read and one of my earliest memories is staying with my Mom at the plaza when I was like, maybe, 5 and dressing up in my eloise outfit and running around like a banshee all over the hallways (I bet the other fancy guests were totally thrilled, there was probably a version of me on every floor). My mom was such a good Mom at that age, she so encouraged my imagination and sense of whimsy and made sure to take me to all of the ballrooms and corners of the Hotel just like Eloise!
    In college (I was an American Studies major) I wrote my thesis on Eloise for my Childrens Literature in America class...WHAT a scintillating read. I'll pass that along to you if you need to refresh yourself on the academic prowess of a frequently intoxicated college senior... Anyway, the point of this novel is that I love the plaza. And you. And Kay Thompson. And Eloise. And Diana Vreeland. And, well, you.

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  60. You are a girl after my own heart. Audrey and D.V?! You just can't go wrong! Thanks so much for hosting! xx

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  61. I LOVE DV! Actually have the book but a copy of the DVD would be divine...how fun! Hope you had a fantastic day yesterday, and have a great week...
    Nathalie

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  62. What a fabulous giveaway and a lovely portrait painted of a very lovely lady :)

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  63. How fabulous! What a great giveaway & clever tie in :)

    Hope u had a wonderful Mother's Day! xoxo

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  64. VERY nice.

    Oh and happy, happy engagement anniversary! (A little late, but still...:) Xx

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  65. I did not know Kay Thompson wrote that book! Great giveaway! Hope you're having a good start to the week :)

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  66. This is really spooky: I just wrote an entire post about Eloise, then I popped over to your blog and saw her cute little face here! Great minds think alike?

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  67. WOW. Best giveaway ever. So amazingly creative. And how doesn't love Eloise and the Plaza?

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  68. Oh yay! What a sweet giveaway.. I'd love to win. :) Crossing fingers and toes!

    xx Love & Aloha,
    Sharon
    mademoisellekitty@gmail.com

    *Swing by my blog to enter The Pagestoppers giveaway!

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  69. Amazing and gorgeous post, i like very much Eloise :)
    Have a nice week, hugs.

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  70. Amazing and gorgeous post, i like very much Eloise :)
    Have a nice week, hugs.

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  71. What a wonderful giveaway. Funny Face is one of my favorite movies!

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  72. Classic style and clever wit - can't go wrong! julesx

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  73. What an amazing giveaway! I haven't seen Funny Face in AGES and I never knew that about the Eloise author (LOVE the book!).

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  74. What a fabulous giveaway!! Thank you for stopping by and following, I am too now!
    I will definitely post about your giveaway on my blog, this one is too good not to spread the word about!
    Hope you have a great day!

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  75. How fun and I love the Eloise stories!

    xojamilyn

    jamilyny@msn.com

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  76. I took my daughter to The Plaza for afternoon tea after we finished seeing the 2008 Kips Bay Showhouse. We had a great time - and who ended up sitting next to us - Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden. On their way out Marcia stopped at our table to let us know that my daughter's book had slipped out of her bag. We had a short but nice conversation - they were both lovely!

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  77. I would love love love to win this!! Especially for the DVD! I haven't seen it, but would LOVE to! My daughter would love it as well!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  78. oh what fun! havent seen it.

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  79. I'm from Australia and I'm not familiar with the Eloise story - I'd love to experience what seems to be a 'magic' surrounding this book and woman :)

    http://littlegreenhaus.blogspot.com

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  80. I've somehow gone my whole life without seeing this movie. I am obviously missing out! And I love a good biography!

    kendallsimmons.blogspot.com

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  81. i love love love "funny face" and everything about it. i've the dvd myself... but missing the book :)

    "Just go ahead. Give ideas away.
    Under every idea there is a new idea
    waiting to be born." - this is my moto in life, indeed.

    thank you :)

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  82. What a cool giveaway!!
    Count me in!

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  83. Yes I'd like to win...I love old movies.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

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  84. One of my absolute favorite movies!

    sarahmarietownsend(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. Enter me please!

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  86. What a fantastic gift Sue! Would be so pleased to be entered! xo

    http://moth-design.blogspot.com/

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  87. I love Funny Face! Great movie. Great actresses. The autobiography sounds fascinating.

    waterchic83@yahoo.com

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  88. Absolutely, definitely, positively I would love love love to win these 2 smashing items, Zhushie.
    splenderosa@gmail.com

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  89. Oh, I just loved Eloise, thanks for reminding me of her! Also, this is a delightful giveaway.

    omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. Funny Face is a fabulous film (to get my F alliteration quota met), and DV is... well, beyond adequate description! It'd be a thrill to win this giveaway - thanks so much for hosting it!

    Creative giveaway hosts FTW!

    crystalarcand (at) gmail (dot) com

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  91. this would be a lovely movie to see! I'm afraid I've never seen it before.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  92. What a dreamy giveaway!

    Cassie~

    www.CassiesAttic.etsy.con

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  93. Oh goodie - fantastic giveaway! Perfectly pink post! Love Funny Face in a major way!
    -Jordana

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  94. Would you believe I've never seen this classic?

    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  95. You are so funny & creative! And I love you!

    Please, put my name in the hat!

    ox, Mon

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  96. Great giveaway! i love audrey hepburn

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  97. Haven't seen this movie before! would love to see it

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  98. Oh I hope I win! I love Audrey and Eloise! :)

    My email address is superfluousday@gmail.com

    I am subscribing to this blog this very moment!

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  99. great giveaway! thanks for the tip! x

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  100. randomly pick me please.
    otherwise, I just might come draw on your wall like eloise.
    pve

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  101. My son built (yes, built) a replica of the Plaza, as only an 8 year old can. With the fountain out front (made with blue pipe cleaners) and flags flying --- he even did an interior room if you turn it around. And this was for fun. Might just have to post it given all the enthusiasm about the hotel. I'm sure Eloise would have liked his rendition!

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  102. I think as a blog reader who is currently living the life of Eloise at the Plaza- I should win this giveaway. I would really Kay Thompson proud. :)

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  103. This sounds fun! And I've never seen Funny Face before!!!! Thanks so much!
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  104. What a terrific giveaway! Thank you!

    lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

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  105. Anonymous5/12/2010

    Never knew of the DV/Funny Face link. Interesting story!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  106. Ohhh, we just love, love, love Eloise in this house!

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  107. Gosh, thank godness I came back for a second look and saw your give-away! Yeah!

    Count me in!
    Let's have a chance!

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  108. Fascinating, knowing this gives me a whole new reason to rewatch the movie. Love little details like this, thanks.

    sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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  109. Why not? Count me in. I'd love the opportunity to win your giveaway. Thanks!

    http://funandvjs.blogspot.com/

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  110. Oksana5/13/2010

    I would love to win a Funny Face, please enter me in!!!

    ksyshenka@yahoo.com

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  111. what a wonderful giveaway.

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  112. Isn't it great how one thought leads to another in creative people? Thanks for this very interesting giveaway!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  113. great idea in giving giveaway :) :) :)
    enter me sweet

    liz_crowny@yahoo.com
    pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com

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  114. You have peaked my interest and I would love to read the book. Or watch that DVD, whatever, I'm not picky....
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

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  115. Thanks for the chance I have never seen it before, thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  116. Everybody loves a winner and why not do it in style!

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