Monday, April 25, 2011
"We Had Bodies Then"
Camille Paglia has a piece in Salon about how Taylor was part of the last generation of film actresses who had real bodies. Neither she nor I am talking about Liz's years of excessive weight but her years before 1975.
Gloria Swanson says in SUNSET BOULEVARD, "We have faces then."
Taylor could say similarly, "We had bodies then."
Do you ever wonder if the dearth of nude scenes in movies might be because today's actresses are not all that appealing naked. I don't think anyone would want to see Paltrow without clothes nowadays. And there are a hundred others right behind her.
My husband says it is easier not to eat at all than to eat sensibly. Or is it a form of mutilation like tattoos and body piercing? Or is it a desire to punish oneself? Or to prove you have the most marbles. Or no marbles.
Paglia mentions the two actresses in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. And this is true. Both of them looked too fragile to take out the garbage. Lose the fat on your face after a certain age and it is aging.
This is not a new topic, but pictures of Liz in her prime brought it home.
I guess it was Gloria Vanderbilt who said you could never be too thin. But can you? What do you think? Is there an actress today that wears a size larger than 4? Do men like these bodies? Most men seem to think Christine Hendricks from Mad Men looks just fine but women speak differently.
How thin is too thin?