Do female star nowadays have the appeal of old Hollywood Stars?
July 6, 2008 8:40am CST
When I see pictures or films of past stars like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot or Marilyn Monroe, I often think - Hey! these people were at their peak 50 years ago and their appeal still jumps out at you. What were they really like back then? Just imagine you could have met one of them live. I cannot think of a single Hollywood star or Model today who comes any where near them. A couple of years ago I saw Sophia Loren on a chat show with Tyra Banks. Sophia was able to charm the whole audience, whereas the poor Miss Banks came across as have zero personality. Are there are any stars today who could have made it in the 1950s? Does anybody out there have their own favorites from the past?
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6 Jul 08
Your observation was right. Not only female stars. It is same in case of male stars too.the old stars were artists primarily.Today they approach their field as business.I often think about the Charismatic personality of Cary Grant, William Holden, Christopher Lee and others. Among the women stars the name of Ingid bergman and Katherine Hepburn cannot be forgotten. Another reason is that at that time cinema was more important than any entertaintment media.
6 Jul 08
Hi fellow Capricorn, Yes they were true artists and many of them came from abroad, bringing a wealth of skill with them. Christopher Lee's long-time film companion Peter Cushing was an English Shakespearean Actor. Ingrid Bergman was also an accomplished actress back in Sweden. Peter Lorre who acted with her in Casablanca was a star of the Berlin film school, which was as big as Hollywood in the 1920s... Yes cinema was more important then, but I feel that Hollywood itself is to blame and people are turning to Foreign Cinema and Bollywood to find what Hollywood has lost. Best regards UMart
7 Jul 08
Nice to hear from you. Hollywood today churns out many films that they think can be sold out in Third World where the audience who does not know the language can consume them.Monster, Animals etc. There was a time when they produced class films that had quality and popularity. Happy to hear about Peter Cushing. Lee and cushing rendered dignity to a genre that has always been looked down upon by critics..
8 Jul 08
Nicely put! I think there are a lot of Hammer Horror fans out there who appreciate what Lee and Cushing, Oliver Reed, Ingrid Pitt and others were trying to do... But there have always been fine actors doing Horror films: Lon Chaney Jnr., John Carradine and the very excellent Vincent Price. I think this is a discussion which I must start. What do you think?
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6 Jul 08
to me there are so few good actors in the present generation. Both men and women are lacking in real acting skills. Too many of the movies are filled with so much violence and action that they don't really have to act. Sophia Loren, Maureen O'Hara, Betty Davis, Katherine Hepburn were just some of the great actresses from the past that could act. They had a poise about them that the actresses of today don't have