Femmes Fatales May 29 2019
DARLING BUDS OF MEI
I knew it would be a daring dress but this is a little ridiculous.


Vietnamese actress Mei Chen, aka Mei Chen Chalais, tries on a dress and immediately realizes her designer got her request for a plunging neckline confused. Chen isn't well known today, but she'll always have a place in our hearts for her lost world film Luana. And this crazy dress. The photo is from 1968 and first appeared in the magazine Girl Illustrated.

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Femmes Fatales Nov 22 2013
GRADUAL EXPOSURE
We think it’s time for her to throw in the towel.

We featured French actress Genevieve Grad as a femme fatale in June. That shot was among the most beautiful we’ve shared here, but Grad also has a provocative side, so we’re reprising her today along with an inconveniently placed towel. The image came from the British magazine Girl Illustrated circa early 1970s.

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Femmes Fatales Aug 7 2013
MAGDA CUM LAUDE
Get your minds out of the gutter. It’s Latin for “with honor.”

Above is a shot of Polish actress Magda Konopka, who appeared in such b-classics as Satanik, Diabolicamente... Letizia, and the legendarily chaotic (as in copious infidelities among cast and crew, constant skinny-dipping, and all night sangria binges) lost world production When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. This image appeared in Girl Illustrated around 1970, more or less right in the middle of what for Konopka would be an eighteen-year film career

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Femmes Fatales Jan 9 2013
WILDE THING
We bet her phaser is set on “stunning.”

This sci-fi themed photo shows British actress Lorna Wilde, who appeared in such films as The Body Stealers and Son of Dracula. She’s seen here in an image from the British glamour magazine Girl Illustrated, probably 1971 or 1972. 

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Femmes Fatales Nov 27 2012
LIMBER LINDER
All wrapped up in herself.

German actress Christa Linder appeared in about fifty films, including serious productions such as Negresco and I giorni dell’ira, as well as tongue-in-cheek efforts like Kommissar X—Jagd auf Unbekannt, aka Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill, and I racconti di Viterbury—Le più allegre storie del ’300, aka The Sexbury Tales. This shot from the British magazine Girl Illustrated dates from 1968.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
February 18
1954—First Church of Scientology Established
The first Scientology church, based on the writings of science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, is established in Los Angeles, California. Since then, the city has become home to the largest concentration of Scientologists in the world, and its ranks include high-profile adherents such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
February 17
1933—Blaine Act Passes
The Blaine Act, a congressional bill sponsored by Wisconsin senator John J. Blaine, is passed by the U.S. Senate and officially repeals the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, aka the Volstead Act, aka Prohibition. The repeal is formally adopted as the 21st Amendment to the Constitution on December 5, 1933.
1947—Voice of America Begins Broadcasting into U.S.S.R.
The state radio channel known as Voice of America and controlled by the U.S. State Department, begins broadcasting into the Soviet Union in Russian with the intent of countering Soviet radio programming directed against American leaders and policies. The Soviet Union responds by initiating electronic jamming of VOA broadcasts.
February 16
1937—Carothers Patents Nylon
Wallace H. Carothers, an American chemist, inventor and the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont Corporation, receives a patent for a silk substitute fabric called nylon. Carothers was a depressive who for years carried a cyanide capsule on a watch chain in case he wanted to commit suicide, but his genius helped produce other polymers such as neoprene and polyester. He eventually did take cyanide—not in pill form, but dissolved in lemon juice—resulting in his death in late 1937.
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