Containing Multitudes Since 2004
For those of us who first were exposed to Joan Blondell not in her 1930s movies but in her movie and TV work in the 1960's, the realization that she was considered a sex symbol is a bit of a stunner. Of course so is the realization that Shelley Winters was once considered a sex symbol. How would we have regarded Marilyn Monroe if she had lived and continued to work for a normal life span?
If you look at some of the footage from "Something's Gotta Give", Monroe's final film, you can see the first cracks in her beauty starting to emerge. I can't imagine that, if she had lived, they wouldn't have re-shot some of those scenes, considering how terrible (relatively speaking) she looked in them.As for Joan Blondell, I too was amazed when I saw her early films for Warners at how incredibly hot she could be.Also, I may be one of the few men on earth who think Shelley Winters was sexy even after she started putting on the pounds (for instance, in "Alfie"). "Poseidon Adventure" was the point where she lost it for me
I guess I first saw Blondell in her '30s films...but she's still rather attractive in Nightmare Alley. I'm not even sure how much of her later stuff I've seen.
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