A Bombshell can best be described taking words and phrases from Lauren Stover’s book, The Bombshell Manual of Style:
A bombshell is a woman who is a perfect blend of sex kitten and nun. She is a bundle of contradictions. Complex and compelling, brainy and naïve, witty and teachable, vulnerable and confident. She wears high heels but kicks them off at every opportunity. She has no problem showing up or being discovered in various states of undress, yet she will never be seen without makeup.
Yes, she will always be wearing her makeup even…
Brigitte Bardot (Given name: Camille Javal Bardot). Quote: “The only thing I really believe in is love.”
Audrey Hepburn (Given name: Audrey Kathleen Ruston) Quote: “When I get married, I want to be really married.” Interesting fact: She was married and divorced twice. From 1980 until her death, Hepburn lived and was romantically involved with Dutch actor Robert Wolders. In 1989, she called the nine years she had spent with him the happiest years of her life. “Took me long enough,” she said in an interview with Barbara Walters. Walters then asked why they never married; Hepburn replied that they were married, just not formally.
Dolores Del Rio (Given name: María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López Negrete). Interesting fact: Orson Welles considered her the great love of his life. Quote: “So long as a woman has twinkles in her eyes, no man notices whether she has wrinkles under them.”
Jean Harlow (Given name: Harlean Carpentier). Quote: ” I’m a naturally lazy person… I’d rather put on a bathing suit and lie in the sun beside my pool than be energetic or athletic.”
Kim Novak (Given name: Marilyn Pauline Novak) Quote: About her role as a blond, “It’s time that the blond glamour girl dropped her modern offhand manner and assumed the seductive ways of the traditional charmer. We should be dangerous characters. Just think of Garbo and Dietrich and Harlow – they were really dangerous. When they gave a man the come-hither look, the poor guy didn’t know whether he was going to be kissed or killed.”
Jayne Mansfield (Given name: Vera Jane Palmer) Quote: “A lady should be able to look sophisticated in an elegant evening gown and blossom forth like a rosebud in a bikini.”
Rita Hayworth (Given name: Margarita Carmen Cansino) Interesting fact: She was married and divorced five times. Quote: ” Basically, I am a good, gentle person, but I am attracted to mean personalities.”
Marilyn Monroe (Given name: Norma Jean Mortenson). Quote: “There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming about becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them, because I’m dreaming the hardest.”
Veronica Lake (Given name: Constance Francis Ockleman) Quote: “You could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision.”
Sophia Loren (Given name: Sophia Villani Scicolone) Interesting fact: Carey Grant fell passionately in love with her and despite her being in love with and married to Carlo Ponti, Grant said his relationship with Sophia was one of the most passionate romances in his life. (Btw, if you’ve never seen Houseboat, I suggest it! I love this song she sings in the movie, “Presto, presto, do your very besto…”) Quote: The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.”
In the Bath
Lana Turner (Given name: Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner) Interesting fact: She was married and divorced 7 times. She was once involved in a volatile relationship with Johnny Stompanato. In 1957 when she was filming Another Time, Another Place with Sean Connery, Stompanato stormed on the set brandishing a gun. Connery punched Stompanato’s jaw once and took away his gun. The next year, Lana’s 14 year old daughter stabbed Stompanato to death in Lana’s defense.
Jane Russell (Given name: Ernestine Jane Russell) Quote: ” Sex appeal is good — but not in bad taste. Then it’s ugly. I don’t think a star has any business posing in a vulgar way…”
Marlene Dietrich (Given name: Marie Magdalene Dietrich) Interestng fact: She was a fashion icon to top designers and once said, “I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men.”
I think we should channel our inner Bombshell more often! As if life is a movie and we are the star.