Beauty Icon and New Woman Raquel Welch
“I am Myra Breckenridge, and no man will possess me … I’m a New Woman … a creation of imagination, a dream that embodied the eternal desire of all women to regain the dominant position they had lost in the Bronze Age …”
This self-characterization belongs to Myra Breckinridge, the heroine of the eponymous novel by American writer Gore Vidal. Written in the now popular genre of satire with elements of fiction, Vidal’s novel tells of the transformation of a man named Myron into a woman named Myra. And the cinematic career of this super-woman who set herself the goal of winning Hollywood and through it the whole male half of the human race.
The book was a success and, of course, Hollywood immediately bought it. Then, a curious thing happened. Hardly had the film been put into production, as it became the subject of scandalous gossip on the pages of cinematographic and general press. The Time Magazine wrote: “Since the days of Cleopatra, not a single film has caused so much gossip, speculation, and expectations – up to backstage skirmishes …”
Gossip and skirmishes in many ways related to the choice of the performer of the title role. At first, it was assumed that Elizabeth Taylor would play the role of Myra. Reports about this have already appeared in the press, and journalists have speculated how the superstar of Hollywood will handle with the role of superwoman…. However, filmmakers announced: they invited one of the rising stars of modern cinema, Raquel Welch to play Myra.
In addition, the author of the article in Time magazine called Raquel Welch “America’s response to Ursula Andress.”
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Beauty Icon and New Woman Raquel Welch
Hollywood beauty Anne Jeffreys
One of the most beautiful and elegant actresses of Hollywood passed away last year. Anne Jeffries has always been for me the standard of how to beautifully age. What a naturally beautiful and charming woman. A Southern Belle from North Carolina…
Born Anne Carmichael in 1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, the girl was fond of classical music since childhood. But as a result, preferred a model agency to the conservatory. The naturally stunning Anne began modeling in New York then turned to acting, debuting in La Boheme in 1940. Participation in this production opened her way to the big screen, and in 1942 she made her debut in the musical “I’m Married to an Angel”. She starred with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in their last pairing.
1960s beauty icon Swedish actress Britt Ekland
From time to time it is worth remembering the past, at least to understand how beautiful it was, how light and easy we sometimes were without putting any effort.
But in our time, permanent selfies, cheap cosmetics and fashion for everything that is shocking, contradictory and scandalous (thanks to the reality show), we gradually lose some subtle, elusive sense of style.
Sex appeal is now much more aggressive than 50 years ago. Clothes become more and more frank, the cult of the ideal body gradually takes fanatical turns, and the main tasks and goals of youth are becoming simpler and easier.
But do we have the lightness and grace that the representatives of previous generations had? Who is the current equivalent of Audrey Hepburn? Can any of our contemporaries compare with Marilyn Monroe? And have we allowed the fall in the standards of beauty? Of course, there are a lot of different opinions and positions on this subject, and fashion is constantly evolving, but one can hardly deny the attractiveness of classical beauty.
This post is a reminder of the style of beauty of the past. And in particular, the stunningly beautiful Britt Ekland, who embodies the standards of beauty of the past, and it’s just great.
Rolling Stones beautiful muse Anita Pallenberg
A model, actress and designer, Anita Pallenberg was the muse and one of the most vivid personalities of the era of rock’n’roll. The girl of Brian Jones and the civil wife of Keith Richards from 1967 to 1980, Pallenberg had a significant influence on the work of the Rolling Stones. From the second half of the sixties and throughout the seventies, publications mentioned her as the image-maker of The Rolling Stones, who played an exceptional role in the group. And in particular, in the “male” world of rock and roll of the late sixties, unlike the “girl from the hangout”, the wife or the member of the team.
American beauty Carole Landis
Life of one of the most beautiful Hollywood actresses of the late 1930s – 1940s Carole Landis proves the idea – people who live fast – die young.
Born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in Wisconsin in 1919, Carole Landis was the youngest of five children. Her father (Norwegian in origin) left the family before her birth. Her stepfather, Charles Fenner gave the girl strict Catholic education.
A winner at various beauty contests, the girl got married and left school at the age of 15 (January 1934)! Her husband was a 19-year-old neighbor Irving Wheeler, with whom she divorced a week later. However, six months later they married again.
Meanwhile, Frances Lillian decided to start a career in show business. And even before her debut in 1937 in the movie “A Star Is Born” she worked as a singer and dancer and one of the nightclubs of San Francisco. After that, she dyed her hair blonde and changed name to Carole Landis, after her beloved actress Carol Lombard.
Polish actress Pola Raksa
Born April 14, 1941 in the city of Lida, Grodno region of the Belarusian SSR, Apolonia Raksa is a Polish film, theater and television actress. A charming fairy of Polish cinema, Raksa played many significant roles in well-known films.
The girl grew up, finished school, entered Wroclaw University, began to study polonistics, and occasionally performed in the student theater “Pun.” And … a miracle happened. Of those miracles, which girls often dream about and who nevertheless do not so often wait for them in life.
Once, photo correspondent took picture of Pola in a dairy cafe. Photo of a beautiful student appeared on the cover of the magazine Dookola Svyata. And then, the director and professor of the Lodz Higher School of Theater and Cinematography Maria Kanevskaya saw the photo. She found Pola and invited her to appear in her film about children “Satan from the seventh grade” (1960).
1960s film star British actress Sarah Miles
It’s safe to say that Sarah Miles was lucky. Debut in the movie at the age of twenty-one and appearance in the same film with Laurence Olivier and Simone Signoret – this happens infrequently. It does not matter that the film itself (“Term of trial” by P. Glenville) is not a masterpiece, and the role is not great. However, everyone who appears next to a figure of the same scale as Olivier, involuntarily draws attention. Indeed, people noticed Sarah Miles, and the newspapers announced the birth of a new “star.”
However, Sarah Miles did not study anywhere. At fifteen she left school and went to London, where she tried many far from art professions. She tried to do ballet, but then she chose to become a dramatic actress. According to her, this was the only area where her chances were not equal to zero. In fact, she attended classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but no one knows if she has completed the two-year course.
Shortly before the debut in the movie, Sarah Miles performed on stage in the play “A Dazzling Perspective” in the West End (a district in the center of London, where most of the famous theaters are concentrated). According to the actress, it was one of the last cases in the history of the West End, when the public didn’t throw rotten fruit onto the stage. Fortunately, in 1962, after the release of the “Term of trial”, critics excelled Sarah Miles, drawing brilliant prospects, waiting for a “new star.”