WWE recently did a photo gallery chronicling their love of blondes. You know who else loves blondes? (Besides us :) …and don’t worry: we love brunettes too…and redheads and gray hair and black hair and green etc etc..it’s all in how you use it!)…Hitchcock! The iconic director was famous for his choice of flaxen-haired protagonists. If he’d had a look at the current and recent Divas’ and KOs’ roster, we’re sure he would have found tooooons of inspiration for his films. Who might have achieved legendary movie status via his art?
Blonde: Kim Novak
Although Kim’s character, Madeleine/Judy, spends most of the film as a redhead, she begins as a blonde – an icy, mysteriously wistful siren who Jimmy Stewart’s former detective John Ferguson can’t get out of his mind…even after her untimely death. He is plagued both by his fascination with her and his inability to save her. It’s a special blonde who can inspire that kind of devotion! And it’s a simple jump of the imagination to imagine cool, controlled Lana handling that dual role with ease. Inspiring men to fall madly in love doesn’t seem to be something she has any trouble with ;) She shares Madeleine’s preference for suits, but could handle the youthful, more carefree style of Judy. And an air of aloof mystery, wrapped in an aura of melancholy would be a role in which she would clearly excel.
Blonde: Madeleine Carroll
Movie: The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps is an early Hitchcock film, often lost amid the reverence for later work like Psycho, but it has an engaging humor and dignity that Hitch lost in his post-British endeavors. Madeleine Carroll starred in the film, as the innocent woman accidentally attached (literally!) to supposed murder-on-the-lam Richard Hannay (Robert Donat). Carroll’s Pamela is in many ways the original Hitchcock blonde: refined, proper, beautiful but also, as the movie develops, daring and stalwart. Who better to inherit her legacy than Natalya? She is at home with the classic, ladylike style and qualities that Pamela exhibited. And yet, her bravery is constantly in evidence as well. She’d be the perfect gal for a guy in need of a break to rely on in a time of desperation and high stakes.
Blonde: Ingrid Bergman
Exotic beauty Ingrid Bergman took the role of the femme fatale blonde in Notorious. At the beginning of the movie, Bergman’s Alicia Huberman is a character Taryn could play with ease: a party-girl daughter of a Nazi spy, who cares nothing for politics or world events in general and is only concerned with having a good time. However, she crosses paths with Cary Grant’s T.R Devlin, a government agent who recruits her to help infiltrate a group of Nazis who have fled to Brazil and are suspected of plotting further attacks. To do so, she must convince one of the men in the group that she loves him. She is successful, and provided valuable information to Devlin and his superiors, but falls in love with Devlin in the process, renouncing her party girl ways. The film is famous for both the tension-filled wine-cellar episode and the longer-than-regulation kissing scene. In contrast to the typical good-girl-gone-better often seen in Hicth movies, Alicia is a bad girl – with a golden heart and gutsy attitude, the prototype for other Hitchcock blondes to follow, including Eve Kendall. Sexy, up-for-anything Taryn surely wouldn’t have any trouble getting any fellow to fall for her , be it an evil-doing Nazi ring-leader or a high-minded government agent. When the chips were down, it would be perfectly believable to see her true colors come through: daring and willing to risk everything to contribute something good to the world..and perhaps find love.
Blonde: Eva Marie Saint
Movie: North By Northwest
Sensuous, but intelligent, Eva Marie Saint’s Eve Kendall is the kind of blonde men dream of: gorgeous, quick-witted, seductive. Of course, she’s also a spy ;). She meets Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill on a train he has stowed away on in an attempt to escape a false murder charge, in one of Hitchcock’s favorite gambits, that of an innocent person drawn into a conflict he is unaware of. Confident, calculating and infinitely desirable is a flawless description of Maryse. We can envision her filling Ms. Saint’s shoes without missing a beat. Innocently questioning Mr. Thornhill when he returns (barely) from a supposed meeting with his antagonist in the famous crop-duster scene? Yep, she could do that. Seducing said Roger and sneaking off after luring him into the shower? Yep, that too. Dangling off Mt. Rushmore in a desperate attempt to escape the criminal masterminds? Hell yeah. Can you say “remake, please”? :)
Blonde: Tippi Hedren
Movie: The Birds
One of Hitch’s earliest forays into the true thriller genre, The Birds opens with a hint of screwball comedy which quickly descends into senseless terror. Tippi Hedren plays a socialite who delivers a a pair of lovebirds to her eventual lover in Bodega Bay, CA. Shortly after her arrival, birds begin to attack the town in bizarre ways. Melanie is interesting character because of her complexity – superficially, she is a typical pretty, slightly snobby prank-playing rich girl. But as the movie continues, her provocative and more dangerous characteristics become apparent. Like many Hitchcock protagonists, she is more than what she seems; unlike many others, her metamorphosis is less uplifting. The dark undertone of her character coincides with what happens in the town following her arrival. A smug wealthy A-lister would suit Summer quite well, especially as the good girl we’ve come to know and love. We’ve seen flashes of heel from her before (ref: The BFF’s) and she certainly has a propensity to stir the pot when it comes to affairs of the heart! (Just ask Fandango…and Rusev). We have no doubt she could lay down a performance of this role that would catapult to household-name status (well, even more than she is already :) ).
*This is by no means an exhaustive list of Hitchcock Blondes :). We’ve skipped Grace Kelly in Rear Window, Joan Fontaine in Rebecca and Anne Baxter in I Confess, just to mention a few who are well worth further exploration.