Helena

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Because she’s pretty much how I’d dress all the time, were I to be able to afford Vivien Westwood….and to be slightly further off my rocker.

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Because I love her work and her look.

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She’s kind of like a fairytale, really.  “All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark”  Yes.

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“Usually I’m frustrated when I look at my films and I don’t believe that I’ve made a real transformation beyond my usual sets of gestures and expressions. I still have this nagging feeling that it’s me, that I didn’t create a unique character.”

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“I hate this image of me as a prim Edwardian. I want to shock everyone.”

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“You become very angry and depressed that you keep getting offered only these exceedingly demure and repressed roles. They’re so not me. That’s why films like Fight Club were so important to me because I think I confounded certain stereotypes and limited perceptions of what I could do as an actress”

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“People have lots of misconceptions about me. My mum, who is half French and half Spanish, gets outraged when I’m called quintessentially English. I owe my looks to my mum-which was 90 percent of getting my first job. And, some people would argue, 90 percent of my entire career.”
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“Journalists are always calling my features Edwardian or Victorian, whatever that means. I am small, and people were smaller in those times. I’m pale and sickly-looking. I look fragile-like a doll. But sometimes I just wish I had less of a particular look, one that was more versatile.”helena8

” I have to struggle to change people’s perceptions of me. I grew very frustrated with the perception that I’m this shy, retiring, inhibited aristocratic creature when I’m absolutely not like that at all. I think I’m much more outgoing and exuberant than my image.”helena9

“I drink booze, I smoke, and I’m hooked on caffeine. I actually have been known to swear at times and belch and even raise my voice when provoked.”

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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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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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