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“Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.” - Clara Bow

Dorothy Dandridge, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Clara Bow, Veronica Lake, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Hedy Lamarr.

Bette Davis in Dark Victory  (Edmund Goulding, 1939)

[I didn’t know until recently that Dark Victory was originally a play on Broadway starring Tallulah Bankhead. She also was the Broadway star of The Little Foxes, also made into a film starring Bette Davis. AND Bankhead starred on Broadway in Jezebel, another Davis vehicle for which she won her second Oscar.]

A woman’s hands gets me every time. More than her face, figure, clothes, anything. The girl who, when she smokes, makes the cigarette seem a part of her hand. The girl who, when she kisses you, touches your face with her hands. That always gets me down for the count.

- Cary Grant
(Modern Screen, 1941)

Publicity still of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman for “Notorious”