Monday, October 12, 2015

10 best 'dumb' blonds in movies


1) Sugar Kane.
Marilyn Monroe's SOME LIKE IT HOT character steals your heart and funny bone.  A classic performance and a classic film, Marilyn won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for this role.

2) Judy Benjamin.
Dumb enough to believe her recruiter who tells her the military is like Club Med and La Costa and that she can quit anytime she wants, Goldie Hawn's Judy Benjamin overcomes a great deal to emerge in triumph -- and punch out her wayward finacee -- at the conclusion of PRIVATE BENJAMIN.

3) Laura Partridge.
She gets a dummy job for asking too many questions at stockholder meetings but uses the fake job to turn the company upside down. One of Judy Holliday's classic but often forgotten roles, THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC stands up all these years later.

4) Tess McGill.

She may not be brilliant, but she's no door mat.  "I'm not steak," she tells her boyfriend played by Alec Baldwin.  "You can't just order me."  Melanie Griffith's Tess explains, "I have a head for business and a bod for sin."  And she's got hilarious comic timing which is why Melanie earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance in Working Girl.


5) Toni Simmons.

"Dirty rotten bachelor," she huffs when learning her married boyfriend isn't married.  Toni is a hilarious and good natured character, a mistress with so much innocence, no one can hate her.  Goldie Hawn won an Academy Award for her performance in CACTUS FLOWER and one's of the few times no one can quibble over the winner.

6) Shelley Darlington.

Anna Farris plays the Playboy Bunny kicked out of Hef's mansion who becomes a house mother for a college sorority house in the underrated classic THE HOUSE BUNNY.

7) Miss Caswell

In a film starring Bette Davis and fleshed out with Thelma Ritter, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, George Sanders, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff and Gary Merrill, Marilyn Monroe still manages to hold her own and leave a strong impression as Miss Caswell via multiple party scenes and and in one scene following a failed audition to become Margo Channing's understudy. ALL ABOUT EVE's a better film because of her participation.

8) Sunny Davis.

Graduating in the top 75% of her class, Sunny goes from cocktail waitress to State Department employee after preventing an assassination attempt on the Emir, Goldie Hawn triumphs in a role that suffered constant rewrites and revisions as PROTOCOL did a complete turn around from its original premise.

9) Michele Weinberger.

Whether arguing with her smarter friend Romy over who is the Mary and who is the Rhoda, Lisa Kudrow's Michele provides one hilarious laugh after another in ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION.  As they travel to the reunion and down memory lane, Michele offers, "Hey Romy, remember Mrs. Divitz's class, there was like always a word problem. Like, there's a guy in a rowboat going X miles, and the current is going like, you know, some other miles, and how long does it take him to get to town? It's like, 'Who cares? Who wants to go to town with a guy who drives a rowboat?'"

10) Elle Woods.

Reese Witherspoon essays the role of Elle Woods with comic zeal as Elle takes on Harvard Law and a hundred stuck up noses.  It's a cultural movie as can be attested by it's 2012 appearance in a MODERN FAMILY episode when Haley uses the movie to argue her point.

Haley: In LEGALLY BLONDE, Elle won her case because she was true to herself and dressed cute.

Phil: Haley, this is real life, not an excellent movie.

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