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?)