Monday, August 08, 2011
Bad Girls are not necessarily femme fatales here, but a female presence in a book or movie that wreaks havoc. There have been plenty of elderly ladies that have done such a thing. (Arsenic and Old Lace comes to mind). Or the teenager in The Childrens' Hour. Or the child in The Bad Seed.
In Leave Her to Heaven (1945), Gene Tierney plays a woman so obsessed with her new husband, she will destroy anyone she perceives to be a threat to her marriage.
I was scared to death of this movie seeing it on The Late Show as a kid.
It still scares me today. I think it might have been the first time I saw a movie where someone with the face of an angel did such hideous things.
The title is a quote from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In Act I, Scene V, the Ghost urges Hamlet not to seek vengeance against Queen Gertrude, but rather to "leave her to heaven, and to those thorns that in her bosom lodge to prick and sting her."
Who is your favorite Bad Girl? Characters from books, tv or the movies .