Is there a John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, Bert Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, James Garner, Dale Robertson, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Glenn Ford, Jeff Chandler, Harry Belafonte, Tyron Power, Gregory Peck, Clark Cable, Denzel Washington, Paul Newman, Randolph Scott or any of a dozen other superstars out there today?
The female superstars set the bar even higher. Stars like Sophia Lauren, Elizabeth Taylors, Betty Grable, Diahann Carroll, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Dorris Day, Lauren Bacall, Cyd Charisse, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones and a bevy of beauties made Hollywood a glamorous place.
You never saw these stars in public without proper dress. You never saw Cary Grant in jeans and a t-shirt, or Grace Kelly in sweats.
If you are a male, heading to Hollywood today and hoping to become a star, you must not shave for five days, wear a t-shirt (no collar) with a meaningless slogan, jeans with holes in the knees (and other places) while wearing shoes and no socks.
For the women, it is not so difficult. She must look exactly like the last 50,000 starlet prospects. Must be blonde, having a haircut that looks like her little brother gave it to her. She must be rather plain, skinny, no figure, wearing a short dress to show her non-figure. If she happens to be on a talk show, she will spend most of her time tugging at her short skirt. Why tug, isn’t that the purpose of the short skirt.
You now know three things about me. My age, why I watch old movies, and why I see only one movie about every two or three years. My last movie was “American Sniper”.