Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mae West: Smart Blondes

Born a brunette in Brooklyn, MAE WEST slowly migrated to the silver screen's more desirable honey hues (during an era when motion pictures were shot in black and white). Have you ever noticed that the Empress of Sex has not been dumped into the same unflattering "dumb blonde" category where Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield wound up?
• • Reporter Jojo Moyes writes: There is a glowing list of movie stars who have not exactly had to struggle against the dictates of their hair colour: Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and Grace Kelly to name a few. I’d quite enjoy the spectacle of watching someone trying to tell Dame Helen Mirren that she was seen as lightweight. And I would venture that Meryl Streep’s blondeness has been an irrelevance to her stellar career. She is celebrated for what she is: a smart, talented, actress who has made wise choices. ...
• • Letters about being blonde can be sent to dtletters@telegraph.co.uk (for The Daily Telegraph).
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• • Article: "What's up, blondie? Mariella Frostrup claims that blondes are subject to Fifties-style sexism. But Jojo Moyes argues it’s what you do with your hue that counts."
• • By: Jojo Moyes
• • Published on: 18 August 2010
• • Published in: The Daily Telegraph — — www.telegraph.co.uk

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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