Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Bad Girls Of Vintage Hollywood

We've got Lindsay Lohan, Brittney Spears, Drew Barrymore and a dozen other brazen ladies making headlines these days with their over the top..."Look at me, I have no boundaries" antics, but do you ever wonder who the naughty girls of days gone by were?  There wasn't a media frenzy or 24/7 paparazzi action going on like there is today and Hollywood stars weren't living their lives in a fish bowl like they do now either.  I was curious, so I did a little research and here's what I've found...


*Marilyn Monroe was invited to a dinner party in 1962, in honor of the President and it was hosted by fellow actor Peter Lawford & his wife Pat who just so happened to be John F. Kennedy's sister.  Marilyn ended up meeting JFK that night and they immediately had chemistry.  It was speculated that the affair didn't last beyond two discreet trysts and that Monroe became obsessive over the pres after he gave her the boot and became distraught and unable to cope with the rejection, that in turn she resorted to abusing pills & alcohol.  Regardless of her fame & fortune, nothing could heal her broken heart and ultimately she overdosed, 'alledgely' of course because in all reality only GOD & Marilyn knows whether or not foul play was a factor in her untimely death...
 *Lana Turner was discovered at the tender age of 16 and immediate developed her 'Lolita'ish' appeal catching the eye of many movie producers.  Amply endowed for her age, she worked her assets and was immediately tagged as the 'sweater girl', mostly known for wearing sweaters that looked like they shrunk in the dryer!  Given todays standards, isn't it laughable to think that this was considered totally trashy for the late 1930's?
 *Judy Garland, mother of Liza Minelli was a child star and I'm sure you all remember her as Dorothy in the original Wizard of Oz. Garland was in high demand and the hardest working kid in Hollywood and it's been said that her studio MGM, was responsible for her turning her into a drug addict due to her being given sleeping pills & barbiturates to keep her energy level up and her weight down.  That set her on a tail spin of no return throughout her career life.  Ironically, her daughter followed in her footsteps...     

*Elizabeth Taylor was considered an avid home wrecker with no regard as she was solely responsible for breaking up the marriages of Debbie Reynold & Eddie Fisher and then after she had only been married to fisher for two years, in 1959 she met Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra and after a long and adulterous courtship, he ended his marriage to marry Taylor in 1964.  

*And of course we have Katharine Hepburn & Joan Crawford who were rumored to have slept their way to the top & whether or not it's true is any ones guess but one thing for sure is there is never going to be a shortage of naughty girls in Hollywood because it's obvious for some, that fame inspires reckless abandon!  

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