Thursday, January 7, 2010
Sex & the Single Girl
We owe a lot to the generations before us.
As a young, single career gal, I have to admit that one of the most important books ever written in the 20th century was "Sex & the Single Girl." It revolutionized modern society as we know it.
The best-selling phenomenon stunned (and alarmed) the general public by stating young, single women actually had *gasp* sex lives and it should be accepted. It celebrates the single woman in all her glory. It paved the way for women today. Know a lot of girls living with their boyfriends? This book helped make that possible. (It also was the inspiration for Sex & The City decades later).
In 1964, the shocking book was turned into a film starring the talented Tony Curtis and the lovely Natalie Wood.
Wood plays Helen Gurley Brown, a psychologist and author of the book, and Curtis plays a womanizing scumbag journalist, Bob Weston, who works for a notorious tabloid. For his next article, Weston woos the 23-year-old psychologist in order to expose whether or not her book is "autobiographical" or not. Obviously, hilarity ensues.
If you haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it. The actors are charming, the dialogue is fresh and smart, and it has some adorable and cheesy laugh-out-loud moments that only retro films can provide.
Another reason I love it, however, is because of Natalie Wood and her wardrobe.
(Isn't she divine?)
I have been a huge fan of Wood since I saw Miracle on 34th Street when I was a little girl. Since then, I have enjoyed all her films, especially Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, and Splendor in the Grass.
Plus, she was quite the style icon.
She was amazingly talented, naturally beautiful, and undeniably glamorous.
Here are some of my favorite photos of Natalie Wood.