Sissy

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Because, I’ve always thought she was beautiful.

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I often times had to fight people on that.

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I love freckles and gingers.

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I might be biased….

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She plays her roles with such a beautiful balance of fragility and strength.

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She’s so petite, you feel like you could crush her with just a look.

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Maybe part of my love is bound up in the 70s–being a child of the 70s (well, really more a child of the 80s), I guess I have nostalgia automatically built into my ideas of her.

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That, and the whole “Carrie” thing…..I mean, girlfriend kicked some ass.

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I was *this close* to being named Carrie, but my father put the stop to it, worrying that I’d get made fun of, due to the film.

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I love-love-love her in “Blast from the Past”.  I think I’d be her in that situation.

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Though I’d most likely be much more vocal and poorly dressed…

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Marilyn

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I know, obvious, right?

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But, sometimes you just need to state it.

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We all know she got kind of a bum rap.

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She got labeled the bombshell (and, let’s be fair–she played the role) and, when she wanted to bust out of it, she really couldn’t.

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I always just want to give her a big hug when I see her on screen.

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Just a big hug and a whisper in her ear to run in the opposite direction that she was headed in.

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I wish her stage work was available to see. Is it?  Am I missing something?

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Ohhhh, how wonderful it would be to see that.

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Everything I’ve read and heard points to the fact that she gave her best performances on stage, in classes.

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Regardless, she’s beautiful.  I always prefer the un-made-up Marilyn.  The fresh faced Marilyn.  The Marilyn that wasn’t being Marilyn.  The peek at Norma.

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Dame

Dame Judi Dench.

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I hope you know of her.

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Because she’s amazing.

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I was lucky enough to see her live in London, on stage in “Amy’s View”. *swoon*

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I remember it was towards the end of my trip, it was January, and I had a bad cough.

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She walked on stage, and the breath literally caught at the back of my throat.

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I don’t know if I really paid attention to anything other than “OMG–THAT’S JUDI DENCH! If I was completely insane, I could rush the stage and TOUCH JUDI DENCH!!!”.

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Well, that’s not true. That only lasted for a few minutes. Then the amazing show and her performance took over, and I was enthralled.

Except for that one minute where I started the involuntary cough–you know the one. When you really, really don’t want to cough, but there is literally NOTHING YOU CAN DO to make it stop? When, you try your hardest, but it just won’t stop? I had my trusty roll of Halls with me, but I couldn’t get to it quickly enough.

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I remember a gentlemen in front of me in the audience turning around with that look on his face. The “Really?? Dame Judi Dench is on stage and YOU’RE going to sit there COUGHING????” look. As if I had a choice. It was terrible.

Gladly, it only lasted a minute or less.

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I wish I had waited at the stage entrance after the show. I really do. I’ve heard she is exceptionally sweet and signs autographs and is just a truly wonderful person to her fans.

I just think she’s beautiful and amazing and fabulous.

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One of those women who, in my opinion, has actually gotten lovelier with the passing of time.

I’m not ashamed to say that I envy her hair cut, as well. Oh, how I would LOVE to have those cheekbones and pull off that gorgeous short, short cut!

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I believe I’ve loved everything I’ve ever seen her in (barring “Behaving Badly”, which I just cannot get into, no matter how many times I try). I’ve read her follow up autobiography “And Furthermore”, which was extremely enjoyable.

“As Time Goes By” is, by far, my favorite television series of all time. I have all the episodes on dvd, and re-watch the series at least twice a year. I never tire of it.

Myrna

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I first saw Myrna Loy in “The Thin Man” (and if you haven’t seen that movie, you simply MUST–I’d have to say it’s my favorite movie of all time) and I was smitten from the moment she walked on screen.

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You can’t take your eyes off of her when she’s on the screen.

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Those eyebrows!  Those eyes!

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For me, she is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.

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And she’s funny.  Comedy is, in my opionion, the hardest thing to play on screen or on stage (and, believe me, I’ve attempted it–and failed miserably).  You either have it, or you don’t.

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Watching just the first 5 minutes of her on screen in “The Thin Man”, and you KNOW she has it.

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Just a beautiful woman, and from what I’ve read about her, that extended to her personality as well.

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So, go watch a Myrna Loy movie or two–trust me, it’s so totally worth it.

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“I was glamorous because of magicians like George J. Folsey, James Wong Howe, Oliver Marsh, Ray June, and all those other great cinematographers. I trusted those men and the other experts who made us beautiful. The rest of it I didn’t give a damn about. I didn’t fuss about my clothes, my lighting, or anything else, but, believe me, some of them did.”

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