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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Back when Movies were Films

Don't you just love old movies? The glamor, the clothes, the plots. By turns funny, witty, romantic, searing, thought-provoking, suspenseful...old movies seem to capture all of the things I love best about film and none of the things I dislike. Such as gratuitous blood, excessive swearing, and an utter inability to walk into a room and make everyone riveted through the simple act of removing one's cloak and receiving a proffered glass of champagne. Although there are a lot of beautiful stars today, I have yet to find one who could manage that last as well as could Audrey Hepburn or Myrna Loy.

And don't get me started on the fabulous skin tones of people filmed in black and white. Honestly, I'm pretty sure any woman could look wonderful in that lighting with those talented folks behind the camera--and I don't think it was all just make-up artists and costume wizards. Part of it, honestly, is that women back then were supposed to look like women. You know, with hips, for example. And hats. Nothing balances a lovely set of curves like a broad brimmed hat. As a woman with hips (and hats -- I actually look good in hats), I have to say I do long slightly for those days.

Of course, in my dreams, I'm wearing one of those incredible floor-length satin cocktail dresses from the 1930s and exchanging witty repartee with a dashing man in starched shirt. It's not exactly close to my real life. But that's the whole point of a dream, right?

So my quiz for today is: What Famous Pinup Are You? And here's the great thing about it: there can't possibly be a bad or undesirable answer because hello, PINUP. They're all beautiful. So everybody wins. Here's me:

You Are Betty Grable

The ultimate girl next door

You're the perfect girl for most guys

Pretty yet approachable. Beautiful yet real.

I'm not saying even remotely that the prose description is true. Who cares? It's my pinup fantasty, so we'll just say it's precisely accurate. And that my skin is that creamy and my pin curls that lush. Excuse me while I go back to my fabulous brunch party now. I think I need another canape and some more champagne...

Care to join me, whoever you are? (Who are you?)


MIQuilter said...

I am Betty Page (see pic at right)

* Girl next door with a wild streak
*You're a famous beauty - with unique look
*And the people like you are cultish about it

Obviously that's me to a T. I would LOVE to join your brunch... bring on the mimosas!!!!

Judith Shakespeare said...


I'm a Betty Page too! Off to polish my garters now...

foolery said...

Mine said


and then my computer booted.

Tara R. said...

Oooo... I was Bettie Page too.. if I remember right, she was more than a little naughty. HMMMmm.. looks like I'm in good company.

Sandy C. said...

Whoa...not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I'm Marilyn Monroe!

"A classic tortured beauty
You're the dream girl of many men
Yet they never seem to treat you right.*

That last sentence is on the money ;)

lattemommy said...

Marilyn Monroe! I had been thinking more Audrey Hepburn, maybe, but I'll take it. Tortured beauty has a certain allure, doesn't it?

MommyTime said...

Ah, thank you, all of you classy ladies for coming to my party. Though maybe next time the Betties could wear something bigger than a binkini! *wink* Also, the Shrek costume is just a cover, I know it Foolery.

Latte, I'm sure you got Marilyn due to the bad boys. At least you know no one sings "Happy Birthday" sexier than you do. :) Welcome back!

mommytherobot.blogspot.com said...

oh i am scared to find out! lucille ball doing grouch marx ins't on there right?

SherE1 said...

I am (also) Betty Page. =)

I love the old movies, too. I used to watch a lot of the "American Movie Classics (AMC)" channel when I was younger. Now-a-days, I try to sneak some in before or after the kids go to bed. When the kids are awake, there's no getting away from Noggin, Sprout or Disney channels!

zoeyjane said...

i got bridgette bardot. i think i'm going to have to retake that one. :P

"Naturally sensual and beautiful
You're an exotic beauty who turns heads everywhere
You've got a look that's one of a kind"

MultiplesMommy said...

I got Betty Grable too! Though I think the only thing I have in common with her is that we're both female. But hey, if it comes with a mimosa and a lifestyle that allows me to stand around looking sultry in beautiful clothes...well, I'll take it! Oh, and I LOVE old movies. Wish I had more time to watch them these days...


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