Faces I Love

I’m copying. But go look here. WONDERFUL, right? And I’m not just saying that because Archie is on the list. So here are my choices.

I think it’s fun to show the faces without listing the name that goes with it. Because this isn’t just about whatthe person means to me (although that does factor in – but not always!!). It’s about loving their actual FACE. Some are more famous than others. Some are not famous at all (well. Er. One isn’t. Although in his small world of expertise he is very well known.) But they are all faces that, in and of themselves, I adore. Oh – and if it’s a picture with two people in it – just assume I chose it because I love both the faces.

Faces I Love

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51 Responses to Faces I Love

  1. De says:

    It’s Official: I

  2. red says:

    His is one of my favorite faces EVER!!

  3. amelie says:

    i love that cookie monster made the cut!

    also, the one 5th from the bottom reminds me of “Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. not sure why, it just does.

    i like this idea, these postings of faces people like!

  4. red says:

    I look at Cookie Monster’s face and all of my troubles just melt away.

  5. Jen says:

    Very cool. I don’t recognize half of them, but I love seeing the differences between them all.

  6. steve on the mountain says:

    Scott and Zelda, freeze right there. Forget about the later stuff

    steve on the mountain

  7. De says:

    Sheila, my comment was supposed to be “It’s official I love you.” But I used the popular internet character representation of a heart and it was recognized as code that meant nothing.

    So, as a correction…

    I LOVE YOU!!

    Dave’s got the best face.

  8. red says:

    De – that’s so weird – I saw it in the comment when it was emailed to me!!

  9. Rob says:

    There is something strange about that Diana Rigg photo.

    Is that Agnes Moorehead below her? Was she ever young?

  10. Cookie Monster Isn’t Really a Monster

    Sheila wrote a great post about famous faces that she loves. A lot of beautiful/handsome people made the list. A lot of people who wouldn’t be considered conventionally pretty or handsome also made the list. Dave Grohl, my favorite face…

  11. stevie says:

    I love the way Clive Owen and Marilyn Monroe look “together.” Ahh, that would’ve been fine, eh?

    Gorgeous post!

  12. red says:

    Rob – you’re right. On second thought that Diana Rigg photo looks messed with – and why would anyone have to ever doctor a Diana Rigg photo??

    And yes – that’s Agnes Moorehead – awesome guess. I was wondering if anyone would know who that was. What a weird dame. Awesome actress. Weird dame.

  13. Jay says:


    I love that you chose Gene Kranz. I admit, I initially though it was Jack Singlaub. But that didn’t make any sense because almost no one knows about Jack Singlaub, so I confirmed by looking up google images and it was Kranz. They look very much the same and either one is a great choice.

  14. red says:

    Gene Krantz has one of my favorite faces ever to be created by DNA. Seriously. I can’t get over it!!

    I had a helluva time finding one of him ALONE – which kind of says a lot about the guy, doesn’t it???

  15. red says:

    And yeah – who’s Jack Slingblade?

  16. Jay says:

    John K Singlaub. I think he retired as a Major General after more than 40 yrs in the Army and then did some intel stuff for a while after that. He was involved in unconventional warfare for most of his career: Worked with the OSS as part of a Jedburgh team in Europe and then in Southeast Asia, interacting quite a bit with Ho Chi Minh right after WWII. Then Korea, then as a MACV/SOG commander in Viet Nam. Lots of other stuff in between and after as well. He wrote a book called Hazardous Duty chronicling his career. Great stuff.

  17. red says:

    Cool! I’ll have to check out his book. I adore those unconventional warfare guys. As you well know. :)

  18. jackie says:


    Gene Wilder’s face kinda killed me…. especially after the story you told of him coming and speaking to your class about Gilda and all…. and the “blast from the past” face…. wow..


  19. red says:

    JACKIE!!! I owe you a gazillion emails! I miss you!!

    I know – blast from the past, huh? I just had to put him in there. Love that face.

    Gene Wilder’s face is awesome. I look at it and I feel peaceful, happy, and also excited.

  20. CALVIN and HOBBES!!!! The best…thanks Sheila, I know what I’ll be reading tonight at bedtime! Only the best comic strip anthology of all time, next to Bloom County, my treasured C and H.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  21. red says:

    Calvin and Hobbes RULE.

  22. You got that right, it was absolutley brilliant!! Especially the strips when he’s eating at the table..classic stuff!! i could go on about that comic for ages..I actually still have the very last Calvin and Hobbes strip…I cut it out of the Sunday Paper and put it in my anthology, I don’t ever remember being sad about a comic strip ending…until that day.

    i wish you could see my smile right know..WOW, I had totally forgotten about that strip. Well, I shouldn’t say that I see those damn Calvin peeing on whatever stickers on people’s cars all the time…but that just makes me bitter! hahaha

  23. red says:

    I like the one – it’s so mundane – but Calvin spends a sleepless night, tossing and turning – and then he’s called to go to school – and he hasn’t slept at all.

    It’s not really funny – but the portrayal of sleeplessness and the absolute MISERY of knowing that the day you are about to have is going to SUCK because you haven’t slept a wink – is so vivid!!

    His mother peeks in the room – ‘Calvin, time for school!” And he lies in bed – with these teeny miserable slits instead of eyes – he looks absolutely devastated.

    Do you remember that one?

  24. I don’t remember that one exactly…but I do remember a similar one to that. Same classic scene..Calvin in bed, jumps out, his eyes barely open shoulders shrugged downward, the misery of which you described. Knowing that school is on the agenda and he doesn’t want to go. Scrubs his teeth and puts on his clothes..goes downstairs and eats his COCO-sugar bombs (yes, i remember the name of the cereal), grabs his coat and goes to the bus stop..still moping. Then suddenly his mother yells…”CALVIN!!!” Poof he wakes up…it was all a dream.

    MAN, did I hate mornings like that in high school! i swear there were times i thought Bill Watterson, watched my life and wrote and drew a comic strip about it!

  25. Erik says:

    oh my god i love this so much. i’m totally gonna do this tonight, i have to find some good pics first. i can’t get over the pic of Cherry Jones. some faces are so FULL.

  26. red says:

    erik – I can’t wait to see who you pick!

    Yeah, how bout Cherry Jones, huh??? I knew I wanted to include her but when I first started searching the only pictures I found were either her in Signs (where she was wearing that horribly unflattering police woman’s uniform) or her in a habit in Doubt.

    When I came upon that picture, I thought: ahhhhh. Yes. THAT is what I was looking for.

  27. DBW says:

    Who is Pipi Longstockings? LOL

    Is that Amanda Plummer? And who is the woman smoking in front of the shelves of books?

  28. red says:

    The smoking woman is Anne Sexton!

    And Pippi is Kate Winslet … or… you did know that, right?? To me, it’s obvious it’s her – but maybe not!! I love that outfit. It is exactly how I dress. So I love that photo for narcissistic reasons. I went out looking for a photo of her in that outfit (it’s from Eternal Sunshine) and finally I found a photo that didn’t have him in it!!

  29. Betsy says:

    I love Lily Taylor – I have since Mystic Pizza.

  30. red says:

    Wasn’t she just wonderful in Mystic Pizza? I kind of love her in everything but she is particularly great in that.

  31. DBW says:

    I was just kidding about Kate Winslet, but I did mistake Lily Taylor for Amanda Plummer, and I feel like a doofus for not recognizing Anne Sexton–“In a dream, you are never eighty.”

  32. red says:

    Ohhhhhhh DBW. sniff, sniff.

    I love Sexton. I’m kind of afraid of her but I love her.

    My dad went to one of her readings in Boston – I love to hear him tell the story.

  33. DBW says:

    I would love to hear details of that. She is one of those people…well, I understand your fear and affection.

  34. amelie says:

    was calvin and hobbes up when i commented earlier? i must’ve missed them, cuz i LOVE calvin and hobbes! my friend ish and i posed as them, next to a cardboard cutout of them, for a mutual guy friend. LOVE it!

  35. DBW says:

    Anne Sexton had another quote I used to know and like. It was something like, “God created heaven, but he dreams of Earth,” or yearns for Earth, or something like that. My memory fails me again.

  36. Debbie says:

    What a great collection! Gene Wilder and Bill Murray are two of my make-believe husbands. I love those two something awful.

  37. Missy says:

    Third from the bottom–who is that woman? I know that profile–is it Ingrid?

  38. Erik says:

    sheila, i posted faces!

  39. Favorite Faces

    Inspired by Sheila. I think it’s probably an official meme at this point. So I’m putting it in that category. I like her approach, which is to present the faces without commentary or names. Click for big. For the curious,

  40. Red: Nice on Cherry Jones and Kate Winslet, but especially David Ortiz, Diana Rigg! My wife and I named our first daughter after Emma Peel. I wish more people took up the gauntlet and posted faces too. But why worry? Yours are great! (I may have to crib the Ortiz and Rigg shots for my #3!) :)

  41. Easycure says:

    Please email me and tell me who faces25 is!

    It is the hottest picture ever.

  42. Steve G, says:

    Hey, Ortiz is sporting a classic “Calvin & Hobbes” triangular grin in the picture you used!

    Gene Kranz is an interesting choice, too. Not really related, but after watching “Failure is Not an Option” on History/Discover/whatever I had to restrain myself from buying white short-sleeved shirts and skinny black ties to wear to work.

  43. red says:

    Missy – yup!!

  44. red says:

    easycure: That is Linda Evangelista. Just about the best supermodel to ever walk the earth. Her heyday was in the 90s. She reminded me of Marlene Dietrich – she wasn’t just beautiful – she created PERSONAS in all of her photos. She’s also the one who said something like, “I don’t even get out of bed for less than $10,000.” I adore her.

  45. red says:

    Dennis – i am totally going to do another “episode” of this – it was so fun!! And Cherry Jones – man. If that’s not an actress, I don’t know who is. She LOOKS like an actress to me. She’s one of my idols.

    And doesn’t David Ortiz just have the best face? I mean, come on.

  46. red says:

    Steve – like I said, I don’t think it’s more interesting that I chose Gene Krantz than anybody else. His face just – speaks VOLUMES. It’s a terrific face, full of personality, smarts, warmth, strength – I just love the look of it.

    I saw that Apollo 13 documentary and when, out of nowhere, he got choked up and said that bringing those astronauts home was the best moment in his life – fuggedaboutit. Put a fork in me. I’m done.

  47. WBinNYC says:

    When I saw the title “Faces I Love” I never expected Gene Wilder or Lili Taylor, but WOW, you were So Right. Wonderfully expressive faces.

    The only one missing that I wish you had posted would have been Buster Keaton. Often called the Great Stone Face by the press, I find him wonderfully expressive in an understated way.

    Perhaps there will be a Faces I Love part 2?

    Keep up the good work,

  48. red says:

    Thanks, WB! It’s not a definitive list – there’s plenty I left off. I’ll do more, most definitely – it was really fun.

  49. I ADORE that you put up Gene Kranz – I have had a secret crush on that man since I read Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (and that was before they put the word out about making Apollo 13). He is an absolute hoot to watch on the NASA programs too. Im not sure if I’d engage him in conversation and babble incoherently or just stand there and drool…but I am thrilled you listed him.

    I also love Gene Hackman (is there a pattern here?! ACK!)

  50. red says:

    Sharon – hahahaha I think the pattern has been established that you and I have similar taste in men! I think Gene Hackman is sexy!! I am sure you have noticed that one face in particular is missing (our favorite man on the planet)- he’ll be in volume 2 of this. :)

  51. Faces

    It’s been far too long since I’ve borrowed a meme from Sheila’s site, so I’m going to do what she did, and copy someone else’s brilliant idea.

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