Bombshells: Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8

Bombshells: Blonde Bette Davis

Bombshells: Hitchcock Blondes

There is a certain type of blonde that repeatedly appear in Alfred Hitchcock's films. They are not the "dumb blonde" or the "California blonde", they are the icy, fair skinned, smart, expertly coiffed, classy, brave, steely platinum blondes that have become known as the Hitchcock Blonde. In his movies, Hitchcock defined this look so well it has become a reference for fashion designers and a style inspiration for women across the globe. Hitchcock himself explains his preference as only he can; "You know why I favor sophisticated blondes in my films? We're after the drawing-room type, the real ladies, who become whores once they're in the bedroom....Because sex should not be advertised....Because without the element of surprise the scenes become meaningless. There's no possibility to discover sex." That is precisely the point that makes his movies and his leading ladies so memorable and inspiring.

While there were many blonde actresses in his films, here's a look at the top four most quintessential Hitchcock blondes.

Kim Novak : Vertigo (1958)

Of all the leading ladies, she is the iciest and most mysterious.

Eva Marie Saint: North By Northwest (1959).

She can look fabulous dodging bullets while running across Mt. Rushmore.

Tippi Hedren: The Birds (1963).

Marnie (1964). Her role in The Birds (as well as her relationship with Hitchcock) was perhaps the most difficult.

And finally, Hitchcock's favorite, Grace Kelly.

Rear Window (1954)Dial M for Murder (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955).

She represents the classic Hitchcock signature of beauty, brains, and high class.

Bombshells: Alfred Eisenstaedt's Rockefeller Gals

German American photojournalist, Alfred Eisenstaedt, is probably most well known for the V-Day in Times Square photo above. An iconic image we all know and love. Awhile back I came across this photo series from Eisenstaedt featuring everyday ladies in Rockefeller Center in 1944 for LIFE magazine. I love their flirty dresses!

Bombshells: Fly the Friendly Skies

Bombshells: Cleo From 5 to 7

cleo from 5 to 7
cleo from 5 to 7
cleo from 5 to 7
cleo from 5 to 7

I just spent the afternoon watching the Agnes Varda  film Cleo From 5 to 7.

It is the story of a young French pop chanteuse, played beautifully by Corinne Marchand, waiting for the results of a cancer biopsy. Filmed in 1961, in real time, during 1 and half hours of her day as she faces her fears and questions her existance along the streets of Paris. I held on to this film for a while, afraid I would not be in the mood for a sad movie. I wish I hadn't waited so long. The film is beautiful not only for it's growth of the main character but also for it's wonderful glimpses into what people really wore and drove in 1960's Paris. Cleo's clothes are delightful, as well as her loft like apartment, complete with a swing! This is existentialism at it's most fashionable.

Bombshells: Marilyn Rediscovered

LIFE Magazine recently discovered some unpublished photos of a young 24 year old Marliyn Monroe. Shot by Ed Clark in 1950 in Los Angeles when she was virtually an unknown for the magazine where the editors didn't even know who she was. Two years later she would grace the cover of LIFE and became a household name. She looks so soft and natural in these photos. Unstressed by fame. If she were alive today, she'd be 83.

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