Friday, February 09, 2007

Boobs Prefer Blondes

But then so do gentlemen.

And not so gentle men.

And grunts and nerds and joe blows and girls gone wild.

Even Arthur Miller preferred a blonde, mismatched misfits that they were.

I just hope there is little danger that we don't get our boobs confused. Sometimes, yes, even the beautiful (or is it just buxom?) die young. But what are we missing?

Anna Nicole Smith has died, and perhaps there are a few similarities to the demise of Marilyn Monroe. But it hurts to think of the differences. And yet still, woe is the amount of air time Anna Nicole will get over the next few days. Sad as her misbegotten career and end were, we may acknowledge but shouldn't glorify those who are so marginally talented and thus so clearly famous mostly for being famous.

Maybe, as opposed to Paris and Britney, both Smith and Monroe were old-fashioned in that they preferred to mix it up with men rather than other women. They weren't girl toys, a la the new batch of party bitches with rhinestone, cell phone bling. No, Anna, for all of her white trash ways, was a throw back to the Marilyn she so emulated and wished to be. And wasn't. Still, both Smith and Monroe turned out to be more Boy Toy than any man could handle.

But the differences. Marilyn, sensuous as opposed to sexual, naive as opposed to calculated raunch, smooth as opposed to rude. I can't help but see the mixed up sleeze in the sentiments firing up as I write. But Marilyn, she was quaint by current standards. I miss the old stars.

As opposed to most Playboy Playmates, Anna Nicole did get a long ride out of it. She took off her clothes in Houston and captured attention and an over-the-top income for two decades, not bad for a few hours' nudity. She kept at it, in the Pamela Anderson school of fame, mostly because of her lack of standards and an inability to find more mature outlets for a more mature audience.

Just goes to show where our culture has gone since Marilyn drove off into the twilight at the end of Miller's movie of "The Misfits." We knew Clark Cable was on his way out. Little did we know, so was she.

Smith was 39. Monroe was 36.


At 2/10/2007 7:14 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

Tellingly, the Washington Post said of Smith:

Smith cultivated a Marilyn Monroe image with her breathy singsong voice and va-va-voom figure. She pursued fame with a dignity-be-damned abandon, and her life unfolded in lurid headlines, tragedy and triumph in outsize measure -- with so much legal drama that Smith was as likely to appear in a courtroom as in a centerfold.

Her ample bosom... her curves and sleepy-eyed gaze conjur[ed] the ghosts of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

She was one of the original celebrity-train-wreck girls, undeniably beautiful but ultimately more famous for the calamities of her life than her accomplishments. Her knack for upstaging could be both a gift and a curse.

At 2/11/2007 11:28 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

And this from "Sunday Morning on CBS" commentator Nancy Giles:

"She was blonde and bosomy with a blank expression and a red-carpet smile.

"If she was brunette, flat-chested, and had a college degree, would so many of us have cared quite so much?

"I don't mean to sound harsh — a woman is dead, her young daughter is motherless — but the attention paid to this tabloid star's demise is embarrassing.

"It's a vicious cycle; does the attention and hysteria make the attention and hysteria more valid?

"Are we watching because we're interested, or because that's what we're being fed?

"I can see the newsroom frenzy: Let's see, there's the war in Iraq, but that's a downer; nothing's new in New Orleans; and Scooter Libby's trial —what is that all about anyway? Back burner that. We'll go live to Florida. Any video of Anna Nicole's body being moved?

"It's the sad result of what Newsweek calls the "Girls Gone Wild Effect." Maybe it's time to stop rubbernecking the human train wrecks, and pay more attention to people who actually contribute something positive to our lives.

"If every generation gets the celebrities it deserves we're in trouble — with all due respect."

Wow, like I say, I miss Marilyn. And then there's Myrna Loy. But Kathryn Hepburn is REALLY who I miss. And Eleanor Roosevelt, how about it!

At 2/12/2007 6:55 AM, Anonymous RQ said...

I'll put my $ on Hepburn. Tweed and substance, but then I've never been in touch with the masses. Marilyn did move me--Niagara (sp?)



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