Bombshells: Femme Fatales of Film Noir

My love of Film Noir has never waned over the years. The mystery, the dark play with light, the heroes and the anti-heroines. The femme fatales…. they will always be style icons and more. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):

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Joan Bennett as Kitty March in Scarlet Street (1945).

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Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) with the handsome Fred McMurray.

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Lauren Bacall as Marie “Slim” Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944) with Humphrey Bogart.

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Rita Hayworth as Gilda in Gilda (1946).

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Mary Astor as Brigid O’Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart.

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Lana Turner as Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) with John Garfield.

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Rita Hayworth (again!) as Elsa Bannister in The Lady From Shanghai (1948).

Who is your favorite femme fatale? Let me know in the comments or join in for Film Noir Week (today through Halloween) on my IG and FB accounts! See you there… xx, Karen


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Bombshells: Romy Schneider

I had the biggest crush on the French actor Alain Delon when I was a teenager. In 1958, Romy Schneider, then just 20, starred in the film Christine with Alain and they fell in love.  She left Germany to move to Paris to be with him and they were engaged in 1959.

Born in 1938 in Austria, she held both German and French passports. At the age of 15 she starred in her first film, When The White Lilacs Bloom Again. She then portrayed Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Sissi trilogy. This was her breakthrough role which led her to that fateful role with Alain in 1958. They became an IT couple and soon she was attracting the attention of notable directors such as Orson Wells and Visconti. In 1963, Alain and Romy separated but remained friends until her untimely death in 1982. They would star in two more films together; La Piscine and The Assassination of Trotsky. Her Hollywood forays would include; Good Neighbor Sam and What’s New Pussycat.

 Alain and Romy together. Late 1950s.

Alain and Romy together. Late 1950s.

Romy is a style icon whose look is not locked in a certain era. I find her to be timeless, and oozing with confidence. She eases into each decade with grace, ladylike style, a large smile, and a love for Chanel.

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 With Alain in La Piscine. 1968.

With Alain in La Piscine. 1968.

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