The Man with the Golden Girls

Otto Preminger: often seen in the company of blondes. 

A Blonde in Love 

Jean Seberg in BONJOUR TRISTESSE.

The Blonde on the Street Corner

Lee Remick in ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jill Haworth (and Patricia Neal) in IN HARM’S WAY.

Mr Blonde

Carol Lynley (with Keir “Dave” Dullea) in BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING.

There seems a pattern to these pixie-like blondes. And Maggie McNamara and Jean Simmons have pixie qualities too, even though they’re brunettes. But then one recalls Otto’s flings with Gypsy Rose Lee (who gave him a son) and Dorothy Dandridge, and one realises that even if there is a Preminger “type”, he’s far from predictable.

2 Responses to “The Man with the Golden Girls”

  1. There’s a pattern to their framing on screen too. Seberg’s face is so damned haunting.

  2. I’m fascinated by Godard’s remarks re A Bout De Souffle being a follow-up to Bonjour Tristesse. I sense a Fever Dream Double Feature.

    The book Fade to Black, giving accounts of Hollywood celebrity deaths, has about ten pages on Seberg — her whole life reads like a dress rehearsal for suicide.

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