John Gielgud was artistically traditional to an extraordinary extent, as this resembles Victorian writing, if not earlier. This is why Gielgud is nowhere near as famous as Olivier: Olivier would do modern theater, while Gielgud would perform only in the classics for most of his career.
Coupled with the extremely confident and imperious upper zone in the first “G” in Gielgud, indicating someone both superego (upper zone) dominant and someone very proud of his famous ancestors, it is likely that Gielgud considered that he had an obligation to uphold this tradition by acting only in the kind of plays they had, though in the 1970′s he changed his mind and did act in modern theater, though by then “modern theater” had become more mainstream.
Gielgud was gay, of course, and even if that were not common knowledge, I would know it from the reversed lower zone in the second “g” in Gielgud.
Laurence Olivier was profoundly artsy and whimsical, yet also with OCD tendencies. and very reserved (left slant).
This combination of traits would indicate someone who saw art as something personal, rather than a means of communication with others, and who behaved unusually, but also repetitively.
His OCD perfectionism is shown in covering up that the “a” in Laurence is not connected properly to the “r”, in linking his names, and also in his need for symmetry in his peculiar lower zone dots.
Olivier was also secretive (the “false” r’s that look like other letters)… a private and mysterious man in a very public profession.
Rosa Dolores Alverío Marcano, better known as Rita Moreno, shows secretiveness in the curl at the start of her writing, and also in the slick covering stroke in the “G”.
In addition, she keeps her letters very distant in “good”, and also in the “r” in “For”, indicating someone who prefers to keep others at a respectful distance, and this, combined with her secretiveness, explains why she is not even more famous, since playing the Hollywood game that would have been necessary for this would have involved a great loss of privacy.
Otherwise, this is textbook cursive with a bit of time saving, as is typical of autographs.
Elvis Presley shows great expressiveness (strong right slant), and OCD tendencies (the rigid shapes), the former trait explaining his profession, while the latter explains his difficulty with addiction.
Overall, it’s mostly textbook cursive, even more so than Moreno.
Andy Kaufman shows some paranoia in his writing in the huge space between “To” and “Jon”, and the curled up letters that write over themselves, like the “o” in Jon and the “e” in wishes, show someone very secretive. His eccentric stage act was a way of keeping others at a distance.
Kaufman, like many creative people, had bipolar tendencies, as shown in the alternately up and down slant in his writing, and would always get the last word, as shown by the final pen stroke.
Carrie Fisher was very public about being bipolar, which I would have known from the low t-bar (low self-esteem) in “to”, followed by a much higher one in “Kristy”, as well as the variable sizes of her capital letters (varying confidence).
There are at least five temper tics in this writing, and the source of her anger is shown in writing “Fisher” more like “Fishey”, which demonstrates what Fisher herself addressed, which is that the actions of her father, who was divorced three times by the time Carrie became a teenager, took an emotional toll and made it difficult for her to trust others.
In addition, she had some borderline traits, as shown by the close yet not attached “M” and “a” in Matt, showing conflicted love/hate patterns in relationships, again attributable to her father’s boastful womanizing. She once bluntly said, referring to his actions: “I’m thinking of having my DNA fumigated.”
Jasmine Simhalan demonstrating Kalaripayattu and Silambam, two ancient martial arts from India. Simhalan is also a dancer.
The historical significance of this is that nearly all striking martial arts are directly traceable to Indian origins. Most notably, Indian Buddhist monks taught techniques from the Indian subcontinent in the Shaolin Monastery from its opening in the 5th century AD, thus establishing what became wushu, more commonly called kung fu in the West.
In addition, the striking martial arts from Southeast Asia, such as Muay Thai, all bear cultural traces from India. The form of combat most similar to Southeast Asian styles, however, musti-yuddha, is now generally illegal in India, though it continues in underground fighting in Kolkata.
Savate being demonstrated in a very old photograph. Savate, which literally means “Old Shoe”, is the French form of kickboxing, and its methods, in its street fighting, no-holds barred form, with a strong emphasis on low kicks, were capable, without weapons, of defeating the many vicious bandits who roamed early 20th century Paris, typically carrying knives and even tiny, concealed guns, fighting as dirty as could be… yet these men were no match for savate.
Bruce Lee was influenced by savate, and the stories of early savate masters challenging the worst cutthroats of Paris just to clean up the streets (and for practice… remind you of Batman Begins?) and none of the leading practitioners coming out the worse for wear in these encounters, would indicate that, though it’s relatively civilized in its sport form, in its self-defense form it’s on the level of Krav Maga, Muay Boran, combat sambo and Okinawan Te (the more self-defense based core of Karate) for pure practicality, rather than mere sport, style or exercise.
Rain in Paris in 1935, photographed by René Jacques.
Sleuth (1972), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.