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Thursday, April 26, 2012

A to Z 2012~~V is for ~Veronica Lake and Vivien Leigh

Hi everyone!
           Today It's all about the letter "V" in the A to Z challenge. I wanted to post about two of my faves and the trends they inspired. One was wide spread; the other was subtle.

First...Veronica Lake. She was an actress and pin-up model. She was also known for starting the peek-a-boo hair style.  During a publicity photo a stray lock of her shoulder-length blonde hair led to her iconic 'peekaboo' hair, which hid one eye, and became a huge trend with women in the forties.







Unlike a lot of the other actors of her era, doesn't she  looked like she could be a current star?
                      
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Trademark hidden eye made her look mysterious                                          
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I tried this look and I couldn't see! I nearly got hit by a bike while crossing the street!


   
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 Another one of my faves is the gorgeous Vivien Leigh.

My High School English teacher (upon learning that we had never read the book or even seen the movie) decided that whatever we were studying in school had to wait. For the next week she spent acting out the whole story of Gone With The Wind   (accents and all)! I remember all of us enthralled with the story and we couldn't wait each day for the continuation.


When I was able to finally see the movie on TV I was hooked! I loved the way Vivien Leigh would raise just one eyebrow slightly. Could you imagine Scarlett O'Hara without that raised eyebrow? It really added to her character.


                                                                      
                        She used it when she was angry

                                                
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 She used it when she was deceitful
                                                               
                                                       
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And when she was heartbroken

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Right after I saw the movie I practiced that whole raised eyebrow thing (as I am sure many young women did all those years ago) to try and give myself that air of sultriness....









                    Somehow it didn't work for me
                    
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9 comments:

  1. I'm pretty good at raising one eyebrow, and can also flare my nose!

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  2. I love both looks. I am a huge GWTW fan, too, but who isn't?:)

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  3. I love the book Gone With the Wind. I never did like the ending though as the story went all down hill after Bonnie fell off the horse. ;-)
    I have also seen the movie a few times. I didn't much care for the sequel book.

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  4. i loved vivian i thought she was one of the most beautiful women ever and could not see anyone else playing scarlett--great post

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  5. I don't think I could handle the "floppy hair" look.

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  6. Such great choices! Love them both!

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  7. I really liked the hair style of Veronica Lake but could never stand to have hair covering one of my eyes. I didn't realize the raised eyebrow on Vivian Leigh but she was very beautiful and a very good actress. That reminded me that my husband caught our Grand-daughter (when she was younger) practicing making all kinds of faces in the mirror. I always thought that was so cute.

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  8. wow, her eyes in those pictures are gorgeous

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  9. Vivian Leigh is all right, but Veronica Lake - what a beauty. She was a star. I enjoyed those films with her and Alan Ladd.

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