These two ladies are some of my favorite actresses. Monroe, despite her on screen persona, was well-read and actually some strong poetry. Hepburn spoke something like five languages and was a veracious reader. If reading makes a woman dangerous, I’m proud to be part of that trouble-making clan.
Speaking of trouble-makers, I recently had the privilege of watching Pandora’s Box again for a review on Cinefilles. If you haven’t experienced it, I highly recommend it. I also strongly recommend star Louise Brooks’ Lulu in Hollywood. Bad girl image aside, Brooks is a strong writer and her portrait of Hollywood is captivating. Revisiting Pandora’s Box has inspired me to create a new female protagonist who, like Lulu, likes to go to far and to hell with everyone else. Female characters are usually my weakness, so this is a good challenge for me in the new year.
Finally, please take a moment to stop by Writers Haven to read “The Monkey of Versailles,” my non-fiction work about why we should never take ourselves too seriously, no matter how many languages we may read or speak.