This blog frequently features photos of movie stars and models -- MALE stars and models. Today I'm breaking from tradition to give our male viewers (assuming there are more than just the Playfriend husband's and boyfriends) a little look at beauty through the ages. Maybe our female readers will enjoy it too.
The 1920's was the flapper era and actress Clara Bow was one of the most famous stars of that decade.
The thirties brought Bette Davis to the silver screen. Known for her strong roles and distinctive voice, she also inspired a song about her eyes in 1981.
Fox Studios distributed five million postcards of this photo of Betty Grable to GI's serving in the war during the 1940s. The image was also painted on planes, jackets and barracks walls and was the most popular pin-up of the war era.
Can any of you walk over a sidewalk grate and NOT think of Marilyn Monroe in this 1950's film, The Seven Year Itch?
The groovy sixties brought about a new look in fashion models. Presenting Twiggy.
The sixties also had this wonderful actress who wore a tiara, but wasn't a princess. She might have been thin, but not from anexoria or bulimia. Audrey Hepburn suffered from malnutrition as a child in the Netherlands during World War II and was plagued by chronic anemia.
She didn't wear a crown, but Jackie Kennedy was considered by many to be American royalty for her role as the "Queen of Camelot."
"Hello Angels," said the male voice on the telephone speaker. Three completely different women joined forces to set 1970's television on its ear.
And one Angel in particular created a signature look. Did any of you have a "Farrah Fawcett" hairdo?
Models in the 80's returned to a more natural look when Christie Brinkley hit the scene. She was the first model to appear on three consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue covers.
And then there's Madonna and her cone bra. Need I say more?
Cindy Crawford was the model of the 90's, and suddenly everyone had a mole.
But Teri Hatcher, who played Superman's pal Lois Lane, was the most downloaded photograph on the internet during that era.
This one wore a crown and was a real princess, and her beautiful light was extinguished in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.
There are lots of faces of the new millenium, but who will be THE face of this decade? My guess is Halle Berry.
When Discovery Channel had an artist create a template for a "perfect face," Halle's face could be superimposed over it. Also "perfect" were Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Lucy Liu and Vanessa Williams. Amazing, yes?
"Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind,
he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may." -- Plato (or as commonly misquoted, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Who do you behold as beautiful?
Who do you behold as beautiful?
P.S. In case he's reading, Happy Birthday to the DH! Yeah, you remembered correctly that last Wednesday was #1 son's birthday. Wait til we get to April. #2 son and I celebrate birthdays two days apart.
P.P.S. Yes, there really is a Hollywood, Alabama -- but without the sign, which is just someone's Photoshop work.