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One night I was talking to Dave Leigh & others in Artifiction. The topic of a top 10 "hottie" list came up, and we discussed who would be on our lists. I had a good idea of who would probably make my list, but had never actually typed one up. As I sat down to make a rough draft, names kept popping into my head, and I quickly ran out of places on my list. After I narrowed it down to 10, I decided that I might as well post the others I listed. Every now & then I'll add a few more to the list. I don't really expect anyone to keep up with this or to make this a regular project. Posting only 10 seems too...incomplete...and it would bug me to have it unfinished.

Monday, March 21, 2011

#10 Robyn Lively

Robyn Elaine Lively's mother, stepfather & all her siblings have been in the entertainment industry. So it's not shocking that she was a child actor, and by age six had already made an appearance in a TV movie.

In the mid to late 80's it looked like she had a shot at becoming a legit star in Hollywood. She was in "Not Quite Human", "Teen Witch", "The Karate Kid, Part III" & a couple other films. However she's spent most of her career doing guest spots on TV & smaller film roles. Over the last few decades I've seen her guest on a lot of shows I watched: Punky Brewster (1984–1988), Quantum Leap (1989–1993), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1991–1993), The X-Files (1993–2002), The Drew Carey Show (1995–2004), JAG (1995–2005), Early Edition (1996–2000), The District (2000–2004), American Dreams (2002–2005) & recently Psych (2006– ). She has landed a couple regular roles on TV over the years, but unfortunately the shows didn't last long. I never saw Savannah (1996–1997), but George & Leo (1997–1998) was a pretty cool show while it lasted. She's far from being a household name, but still someone I've been crushin' on for decades now. She has a recent Acting Reel posted on her website if you want to take a look.

Watch It:
The Best Of Times (1986)
Not Quite Human (TV 1987)
Teen Witch (1989)
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
Not Quite Human II (TV 1989)
George & Leo (1997–1998)

Miss Twin Peaks Contest
Robyn Lively's seductress character performs a dance of "contortionistic jazz exotica" for the astonished onlookers at the Miss Twin Peaks (1990–1991) contest. It was very difficult to make a music or dance connection with this entry. This is the only clip I could find of Robyn singing or dancing. Well that's not true, there's a little dancing in the next clip, but not much.

Teen Witch - The Musical Scenes
Robyn hasn't done much dancing or singing on screen that I know of, one of her most popular films does have a few musical moments...even if she's not directly involved. (I Like Boys) (Top That) (Popular Girl) (My Finest Hour)

TRS Intro 103
The "Top That" scene in "Teen Witch" is a fairly well known moment in film. It's been parodied a lot over the years, here's one of my favorites..

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

#9 Michelle Pfeiffer

One of the reasons I want to continue posting these after the top 10 is because my list changes constantly. Ask me a year from now who my top 10 are & chances are 2 of them will be different. 2 weeks ago Michelle Pfeiffer was listed around 12-14, but today she's 9th. Why the change? Well she was already high on my list, so it's not like this came outta nowhere, but the main reason is I had forgot just how hot she was. I hadn't seen a new Michelle Pfeiffer movie since "I Am Sam", but I ended up buying "I Could Never Be Your Woman" & watching "Personal Effects" on TV a couple weeks ago...and she's still got it. Or at least she did in those movies, 2009 being the most recent of them. It's not like it's a hard case to make having her on the list. She's been insanely hot in films for what...4 decades now? She did a little TV in the late 70's, it was the early 80's when "Grease 2" & "Scarface" came out. She was still smokin' in the 90's, and well those first 2 movies were from the 2000's...so yep that's 4 different decades. She didn't do anything in 2010, and nothing with her in it for 2011 has been released yet. I wouldn't be shocked if she made it 5 decades of hotness, and that is just amazing. I don't think I even knew who she was until "Batman Returns", but that cat suit was enough to get me to do my homework.

PS: She does all her own singing in the videos below. She may not be GREAT, but she's not bad.

Watch It:
Batman Returns (1992)
Wolf (1994)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
One Fine Day (1996)
The Story Of Us (1999)
I Am Sam (2001)
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
Personal Effects (2009)

More Info: (Source)
- Born Michelle Marie Pfeiffer.
- While a teenage clerk at Vons Grocery Store in California (1974), she learned to tie maraschino cherry stems in knots with her tongue.
- There was a study done of the faces of beautiful women, quantifying the ratio of the width of the mouth to the width of the nose, attempting to find the perfect proportions for the perfect face of feminine beauty (the ratio turns out to be something like 1.7). The movie star with the most perfect proportions for feminine facial beauty, based on this measure, turns out to be Michelle Pfeiffer.
- Was chosen to be on the cover of the first ever "People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People In The World" issue in 1990; appeared on the list 6 times. (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999)
- Turned down the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992).
- Turned down the role of the White Witch in The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005).
- Turned down the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence Of The Lambs (1991).
- Turned down the Ashley Judd role in Double Jeopardy (1999).
- Turned down the Demi Moore role in Disclosure (1994).
- Was offered the Julia Roberts role in Pretty Woman (1990).

Makin' Whoopee
Michelle Pfeiffer performing in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).

When You Believe
Michelle Pfeiffer & Sally Dworsky performing in The Prince Of Egypt (1998).

Big, Blonde And Beautiful (Reprise)
This is from Hairspray (2007), but I wish I could have found an embed for (The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs.

Cool Rider
Of course I have to share a couple numbers from Grease 2 (1982).

We'll Be Together

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

#8 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe should be on EVERYONE'S top 10 list. Honestly I'm shocked she didn't end up higher on my own list. Regardless of how high she is (lol) it was unavoidable that the lispy platinum blonde bombshell would be on the list. She isn't a pencil thin model of today's standards, she has curves & wiggle in every place a woman should. She created dozens of images that are considered icons.

Watch It:
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Let's Make Love (1960)
Something's Got To Give (1962) - incomplete

More Info: (Source)
- Born Norma Jeane Mortenson.
- Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
- Her father abandoned the family when she was born.
- Her mother was nuts & committed to a mental institution so she spent a lot of time in foster homes & orphanages.
- To avoid going back to an orphanage, at 16 she entered into what was basically an arranged marriage with James Dougherty who she called "Daddy".
- Later she married Joe Dimaggio & Arthur Miller.
- The famous nude photo of her by Tom Kelley originally appeared as anonymous on a calendar entitled "Miss Golden Dreams" in 1949. (She posed nude because she needed $50 to get her car out of hock.) In 1952, a blackmailer threatened to identify the model as Marilyn, but she shrewdly thwarted the scheme by announcing the fact herself. Hugh M. Hefner then bought the rights to use the photo for $500. She became "The Sweetheart Of The Month" in the first issue of Hefner's magazine, Playboy. Neither Kelley or Monroe ever saw a dime of the millions the calendar made for its publisher.
- Hugh M. Hefner owns the burial vault next to hers.
- Didn't finish high school.
- Studied acting at the Actors' lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown.
- Measurements: 37C-24-35.
- Suffered from endometriosis.
- Suffered two miscarriages.
- When she wasn't working she preferred wearing nothing but a bathrobe.
- Underwent psychoanalysis to learn more about herself.
- Her career suffered from her habit of being late to the set, illnesses, drugs & being uncooperative with co-workers.
- Was suspended by Fox for not reporting for the production of The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing (1955).
- Was suspended by Fox for not reporting for work on How To Be Very, Very Popular (1955).
- Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.
- She was dropped from the unfinished Something's Got To Give (1962) due to chronic lateness and drug dependency.
- Marilyn made what was to be her final film. The Misfits (1961), which also proved to be the final film for the legendary Clark Gable, who died later that year of a heart attack.
- Finally fell victim to the alcohol & drugs that haunted her for years at the young age of 36 in 1962. It was ruled a "probable suicide".
- Time Magazine" reported in 1973 that Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi, the doctor who performed Monroe's autopsy, said that contrary to rumors, Monroe's stomach was never pumped after her death. The level of Nembutal in her bloodstream was 4.5 milligrams per 100, which is the equivalent of 40 or 50 capsules indicating suicide.
- 75% of her estate went to her acting coach Lee Strasberg, and the other 25% went to her psychoanalyst.
- Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine in 1999.
- Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine in 1999.
- Was named #6 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
- The first stamp released in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Friday, June 1st, 1995.
- Elton John & Bernie Taupin wrote a tribute to her entitled "Candle In The Wind". In 1997 it was re-recorded with updated lyrics in memory of Princess Diana.
- In 1972, actress Veronica Hamel and her husband became the new owners of Marilyn's Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were in the words of a retired Justice Department official, "standard FBI issue." This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedy's and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.

Anyone Can See I Love You
From Ladies Of The Chorus (1948).

Every Baby Needs A Da Da Daddy
The 2nd number she sang in Ladies Of The Chorus (1948).

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
When told she was not the star of the film (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ), Marilyn Monroe was quoted: "Well whatever I am, I'm still the blonde."

Happy Birthday Mr. President
This perfomance took place 10 days before John F. Kennedy's birthday at Madison Square Garden. The dress she wore was so tight that it had to be sewn onto her. It later sold for $1,267,500.00.

After You Get What You Want
My favorite Marilyn Monroe film is "There's No Business Like Show Business", so the last 2 numbers will be from that film.

"Marilyn actually accidentally pokes her finger in a dancer's eye, something you can see on the DVD on slow motion. The dancer is seen trying to hide behind the tree with his hand over his eye, but is enough of a trouper to continue with the number. Right after Marilyn pokes the dancer in the eye she performs a twirl, pokes her head between the branches of the fake tree and gives the dancer a kiss as an apology (it's quick but definitely a peck on the cheek to make up for the eye poke)." - IMDB

Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die, young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know yourself...

[on stardom] It scares me. All those people I don't know, sometimes they're so emotional. I mean, if they love you that much without knowing you, they can also hate you the same way.

I've never liked the name Marilyn. I've often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it's too late to do anything about it now.

Speaking of Oscars, I would win overwhelmingly if the Academy gave an Oscar for faking orgasms. I have done some of my best acting convincing my partners I was in the throes of ecstasy.

If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

[On Peter Lawford] I felt very uneasy at different times with him, the real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual...Peter wants to be a woman and would like to be me, I think.
Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Friday, March 18, 2011

#7 Halle Berry

Halle Berry is just the right mix of vanilla & chocolate. Honestly I don't care much for the movies she has been in, but this isn't a talent contest, it's all about the sexy...well mostly at least. My favorite film she was in is probably "Executive Decision", and it's not exactly a great role. "Monster's Ball" gained her a lot of acclaim, but I didn't care for it. But at least she went topless for the 2nd time in 2001. (she also did in "Swordfish")

Halle doesn't sing or dance on film to my knowledge, but she has been in 2 movies with a music connection. She was in "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", about Frankie Lyman. A year later she got the lead in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" which was a pretty good flick.

Watch It:
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X2 (2003)
X-Men (2000)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV 1999)
Executive Decision (1996)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)

More Info: (Source)
- Born Halle Maria Berry.
- Is named after the grand old Halle Building in Cleveland, Ohio, which originally housed the Halle Brothers department store. The building is now an office building and the fictional setting for the Winfred-Louder department store on "The Drew Carey Show".
- In high school, was an honor society member, editor of the school paper, and class president. Was also crowned prom queen.
- Won Miss Teen All American in 1985.
- Was Miss Ohio USA in 1986.
- Was Miss USA; first runner-up in 1986.
- Is a type 1 diabetic.
- Named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in People Magazine 8 times. She is tied with Julia Roberts with the most appearances all time.
- Ranked #7 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2002 list.
- Ranked #41 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2005 list.
- Ranked #55 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2007 list.
- Turned down the role of Annie in Speed.
- On Febuary 26, 2005, she showed up in person to accept the Razzie award for Worst Actress for her role as Catwoman and became the first actress to do so.
- Saved from choking on a fig by Pierce Brosnan during shooting of the love scene on Cuba for Die Another Day.

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Trailer
The first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress is portrayed by the first black woman to win an Academy Award as Best Actress.

I Got Rhythm
Halle doesn't actually sing in this, but lip syncing is all I could find.

Halle Berry (She's Fine)
Halle isn't a singer, but Hurricane Chris did write a song about her, and started a dance crazy online. In this clip Halle dances to the song with Ellen.

"When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner."
Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

#6 Kate Beckinsale

First time I saw Kate Beckinsale was in college when I took Theater 101. Thankfully this did not involve me performing in any way, but was just a course about the history of the theater. Aside from a lot of reading, we had to go review plays & watched a lot of movies together in class. One of the movies we watched was "Much Ado About Nothing". I can't say I had a crush on Kate, but I did think she was cute as hell. She's one of the women that each time I see her in a project I think she's more beautiful than the time before.

Watch It:
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Serendipity (2001)
Underworld (2003)
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Click (2006)
Vacancy (2007)
Underworld 4: New Dawn (2012) - assuming I'll like this :p

More Info: (Source)
- Born Kathryn Romany Beckinsale.
- Aged six, a school report found she had the reading age of an eleven-year-old and an IQ of 152.
- Was anorexic as a teenager.
- She did not like Physical Education at school. It was also her worst subject.
- Studied French and Russian literature while a student at Oxford.
- Won the prestigious WH Smith's Young Writers' competition for her poetry in 1986.
- Got the lead female role in Pearl Harbor (2001) after Charlize Theron pulled out.
- According to an interview she gave on the UK show "The Big Breakfast" (1992) (December 2001), she hates wearing knickers.
- Named #23 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
- Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

Kate Beckinsale Sings A Chanson
Making a music or dance connection in this entry was difficult. Only thing I could really dig up was this song from Marie-Louise ou la permission (1995). I probably won't be able to make a music or dance connection with each entry.

"I dropped out of Oxford, and now I only speak Russian with the woman who gives me a bikini-wax. See what Hollywood does to you?" - Kate
Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

#5 Cyd Charisse

2 of the best female dancers from the golden age of musicals are back to back on my list. Cyd Charisse is just plain sexy all the time. There is no girl next girl or Tom boy in this lady, and the dances she did on film normally left men with their tongues hanging down to their chest. It's a shame that a lot of her more well know routines aren't available on YouTube for embed. For instance both of her numbers from "Singin' In The Rain" show off her legs more so than any other off the top of my head. (clip 1 & clip 2)

My favorite Cyd film is probably "Silk Stockings". Greta Garbo was even put to shame with the amount of sex she brought to that role. If I was to make a list of my top 5 musicals of all time...Cyd would be in at least 3 of them. Aside from "Singin' In The Rain" & "Silk Stockings", she was also in the Fred Astaire classic "The Band Wagon". If you take Cyd out of these films they would still be good movies, but I don't think any of them would be GREAT.

Watch It:
The Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Silk Stockings (1957)
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956)
Something's Got To Give (1962) - never completed
The Silencers (1966)

More Info: (Source)
- Born Tula Ellice Finklea.
- Took her name Cyd from a nickname originated from her brother. Initially he could not say sister and called her Sid.
- Her second husband was singer Tony Martin, and they became a popular song-and-dance couple on TV & in nightclubs/cabaret shows after their heyday in film.
- Was "the other woman" in Marilyn Monroe's last and unfinished film, Something's Got To Give (1962).
- In 1952 she had a $5-million insurance policy accepted on her legs.
- Lost out on two of MGM's biggest movie musical roles. She fell and injured her knee during a dance leap on a film which forced her out of the role of Nadina Hale in Easter Parade (1948). Ann Miller replaced her. She also had to relinquish the lead femme role in An American in Paris (1951) due to pregnancy. Leslie Caron took over the part and became a star.
- Was offered the lead role of Jo Stockton in Funny Face (1957) but declined. The role was eventually played by Audrey Hepburn.
- Said her husband could tell who she had been dancing with that day on an MGM set. If she came home covered with bruises on her, it was the very physically-demanding Gene Kelly, if not it was the smooth and agile Fred Astaire.
- Fred Astaire, in his 1959 memoir "Steps In Time," referred to Cyd as "beautiful dynamite".

The Girl Hunt (from "The Band Wagon")
"I can watch Astaire anytime. I don't think he ever made a wrong move. He was a perfectionist. He would work on a few bars for hours until it was just the way he wanted it. Gene was the same way. They both wanted perfection, even though they were completely different personalities." - Cyd

Dancing In The Dark (from "The Band Wagon")
If the embed stops working, here's another link to the video.

Frankie And Johnny (from "Meet Me In Las Vegas")

Dance #1
I don't know the name of this number, but it's from the 1958 film "Party Girl".

The Red Blues (from "Silk Stockings")
Really wish I could find some other routines from this film on YouTube.

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

#4 Ginger Rogers

Ok, you should have seen this coming. If you've read my main blog in the past, you know I'm a big Ginger Rogers fan. Most people just remember her as being Fred Astaire's dance partner, but she was a star in her own right. She had more experience in movies than Fred when they first teamed up, and she even became a talented dramatic actress. Her characters typically had a lot of attitude & spunk. Ginger is one of those girls that can just be flat out elegant & gorgeous...as she demonstrates in numerous dance routines with Fred. She can also be a tom boy, and was a good athlete in real life. She looked like an athlete as well, and I've always been fond of athletic females. If you've ever dreamed of dancing a girl across a ballroom floor, chances are it was Ginger.

Watch It:
Rafter Romance (1933)
Top Hat (1935)
Swing Time (1936)
Shall We Dance (1937)
The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle (1939)
Bachelor Mother (1939)
5th Ave Girl (1939)
Primrose Path (1940)
Kitty Foyle: The Natural History Of A Woman (1940)
The Major And The Minor (1942)
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
Tight Spot (1955)
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

More Info: (Source)
- Born Virginia Katherine McMath.
- Married & divorced 5 times.
- She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Kitty Foyle in 1940.
- Wrote an autobiography in 1991 entitled, "Ginger, My Story".
- Was a Christian Scientist.
- Was given the name "Ginger" by her little cousin who couldn't pronounce "Virginia" correctly.
- She didn't drink: she had her very own ice cream soda fountain.
- Was Hollywood's highest paid star of 1942.
- Always the outdoor sporty type, she was a near-champion tennis player, a topline shot and loved going fishing.
- Was a life-long Republican.
- She first introduced the song "The Continental" in The Gay Divorcee (1934) and it went on to be the first song that won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
- Was offered the part of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940), but she turned it down. As a result Rosalind Russell was cast instead.
- Was good friends with actress Maureen O'Hara since the late 1930s.
- She appeared in vaudeville acts which she did until she was 17 with her mother by her side to guide her.

We're In The Money
This is the opening song from the film "Gold Diggers Of 1933", performed by Ginger Rogers & choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Cheek To Cheek
For the "Cheek To Cheek" number in Top Hat (1935), she wanted to wear an elaborate blue dress heavily decked out with ostrich feathers. When director Mark Sandrich and Fred Astaire saw the dress, they knew it would be impractical for the dance. Sandrich suggested that Rogers wear the white gown she had worn performing "Night And Day" in The Gay Divorcee (1934). Rogers walked off the set, finally returning when Sandrich agreed to let her wear the offending blue dress. As there was no time for rehearsals, she wore the blue feathered dress for the first time during filming of the "Cheek To Cheek" number, and as Astaire and Sandrich had feared, feathers started coming off the dress. Astaire later claimed it was like "a chicken being attacked by a coyote". In the final film, some stray feathers can be seen drifting off it. To patch up the rift between them, Astaire presented Rogers with a locket of a gold feather. This was the origin of Rogers' nickname "Feathers". - IMDB

Let Yourself Go
Ginger dancing with Fred Astaire in "Follow The Fleet".

Pick Yourself Up (from the film "Swing Time")
"We had fun and it shows. True, we were never bosom buddies off the screen; we were different people with different interests. We were only a couple on film." - Ginger Rogers

Bouncin' The Blues
Ginger first danced with Fred in Flying Down To Rio (1933). Altogether they made 10 films together, the last being The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949).

Ginger won a Charleston contest in 1925 (age 14) and a 4 week contract on the Interstate circuit. The only instance I know of in which she performed it on film was in Roxie Hart (1942). While typing this up I stumbled onto a guest spot she did on "Here's Lucy" in 1971 with Lucille Ball & Lucie Arnaz.

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Monday, March 14, 2011

#3 Mary Tyler Moore

I think Mary Tyler Moore is the first woman on the list who has had implants. Not that she needed them, and she didn't have them anywhere near her prime, so this didn't really factor into my list. Nick At Nite is the main reason Mary made my list. Back in the day they played classic TV shows late at night on Nickelodeon. Later they started an entirely new channel called TV Land. I remember seeing a couple episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on Nick At Night once, and I quickly became a fan. The writing & comedy was just amazing, and over a decade later I bought all the seasons on DVD just based off memories I had from Nick At Nite.

When I put in the first DVD I fell in love with Laura Petrie. The legs, the capri slacks & the smile... I can't say why I didn't remember her being so cute & sexy when I first saw the show, but love at second glance it was. For years my daydreams consisted of throwing parties for my neighbors & entertaining them by singing & dancing with my wife (Laura). For me Mary can cross the line between cute & sexy with a simple rise of the eyebrow. For the most part I think of her as cute & bubbly, but she can be a mischievous sex kitten with the snap of a finger.

She's best known as Mary Richards from The "Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)". Even though it's a classic, she will always be Laura Petrie to me. It's another show with great writing & characters. So great that Rhoda (1974-1977) & Phyllis (1975-1976) were spun off the show. Mary was pretty much the queen of television for period, and I still long to sing "Mountain Greenery" with her.

Watch It:
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Change of Habit (1968)
Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

More Info: (Source)
- She was a dancer before she became an actress.
- Had a recurring role as "Sam", Richard Diamond's sultry answering service girl, on "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957). Her performance being particularly notorious because her legs (usually dangling a pump on her toe) were shown instead of her face.
- Has won 2 Tony Award's as well as her share of Emmys.
- Told David Letterman that her (and others') nickname for Dick Van Dyke when they did the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" together was Penis Von Lesbian, a play on his real name.
- Bronze statue capturing her character Mary's signature hat-toss went on display May 8, 2002 at the Minneapolis intersection where the scene for "Mary Tyler Moore" was originally filmed.

"The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet"
Mary got one of her first breaks as a dancing elf-life creature in Happy Hotpoint commercials. She speaks in some of them: Example.

Mountain Greenery
This is from "The Sleeping Brother" (1962) which features Jerry Van Dyke as Stacey Petrie, and this is one of my favorite TV moments of all time.

You Wonderful You
Dick & Mary in "How We Met The Night We Danced".

House Party 2
Sorry don't know the song name.

A Doodlin' Song

From the film "Thoroughly Modern Millie", here are those wonderful legs dancing in color.

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

#2 Natalie Wood

I can't promise I'll write as much as I did with the first entry for every entry here on this blog. These women are all being posted for similar reasons, and I expect to run out of things to say very quickly for each one. Since I do like to blog about music & dance, whenever I can I'll try to incorporate some of that into these posts. You might have guessed I was going to do that after reading the first post.

I don't think I discovered Natalie Wood until I was out of high school. Aside from John Wayne movies, which my dad always watched, I never watched older movies as a kid. When I went to college (Miami U), I remember being in some boring class when the teacher put the movie "This Property Is Condemned" on the TV. She wanted to show a certain scene to use as an example of...something (I wasn't paying attention). I looked up in time to see the most beautiful pair of...eyes I had ever seen. The teacher didn't mention any names so I didn't know who the girl was, but I did know the name of the movie. First thing after class...I rented that movie. Ever since, I've considered Natalie Wood one of the most incredible looking women to ever walk this earth.

Years later when I started watching older movies a lot (mostly on TCM), I began to compile a list of actors & actresses that I consistently enjoyed watching. For instance: Gene Kelly, Clint Eastwood, Myrna Loy, William Powell & Natalie Wood are just a few on that list. ANY time I see a film is going to be on featuring someone on that list I record it (if it's something I hadn't seen already). Natalie isn't what inspired me to start watching old films (being poor did that), but she was one of the first actresses that made my list. Heck, I even watch the really bad movies that she's in.

Watch It:
Gypsy (1962)
This Property Is Condemned (1966)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
The Searchers (1956)
Splendor In The Grass (1961)
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
West Side Story (1962) - I'm actually not a fan of this one...but a few people seem to like it. :p

More Info: (Source)
- Called "The Most Beautiful Teenager In The World" by Life magazine in 1956.
- Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. (yikes)
- Dated Elvis Presley.
- Married Robert Wagner...twice.
- An accident on a movie set (she fell into a river and almost drowned) when she was 9 years old left her with a permanently weakened left wrist and a slight bone protrusion, which, for the rest of her life, she hid with large bracelets. Regardless of the movie role, or anytime that she was out in public, she always wore a large bracelet on the left wrist.
- According to her mother, a gypsy once told her that Natalie would die of drowning, which caused Natalie to have nightmares as a child. She was 43 years old when she did in fact drown under mysterious circumstances.
- On Saturday, April 23rd, 1966, she made Harvard history when she became the first performer voted the year's worst by the Harvard Lampoon to show up and accept her citation.
- Pallbearers at her funeral were Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Elia Kazan, Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Fred Astaire.
- "Natalie's Song" by David Pack, was written about Natalie Wood. Kathy Fleischmann also wrote a song about her called "Eyes Like Natalie Wood".
- While taking classes at UCLA, she turned down the role of Elaine in The Graduate (1967) that went to Katharine Ross.
- Was Maureen O'Hara daughter in two movies, one being the classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Natalie referred to Maureen as Mama Maureen till her death in 1981.
"You know what I want? I want yesterday." - Natalie
The Mystery Of Natalie Wood: Dubbing Woes
Natalie has sang many times on screen, even if you've never actually heard her voice. Most of these clips were taken from a 2004 film by Peter Bogdanovich, and other clips were added from various films Natalie was in.

I Feel Pretty
The best part of "West Side Story".

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

#1 Jennifer Love Hewitt

"100Babes" wasn't available as a blogspot URL, and so that's why the URL is "200Boobs". That makes my top pick even more appropriate since her boobs have their own nicknames. At one point I think there was a blog dedicated just to her boobs. As great as her boobs are, they aren't even the reason Jennifer Love Hewitt is at the top of my list.

I grew up with Jennifer on my TV pretty much every week. We're the same age, and she was a child star at a very young age. Her first big break on TV was "Kids Incorporated", and from the get go I was hooked. I also had a crush on Stacy Ann Ferguson (aka Fergie), who was also on the show. That didn't last long though, and my crush on Love remains to this day.

"Kids Incorporated" was the perfect show for Love to start out on. She wasn't much of an actress, but she was cute, perky & could sing. Many people don't know that she released multiple CD's as a kid, and even though they weren't popular in the U.S., they were popular in Japan. She later had some success with the single "How Do I Deal" & the CD "BareNaked". She has performed on the soundtracks of multiple movies, and wrote/performed a song for the animated Disney film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame II".

After "Kids Incorporated" she had a bad run of failed TV projects. Some managed a very short run, while others never got past the pilot stage. Before her big break on "Party Of Five" she also appeared in some dull kiddie movies as well. After her "Party Of Five" success, she finally had a little success in film with "I Know What You Did Last Summer". Before the sequel was filmed, she was in another movie called "Can't Hardly Wait" which is one of the best teen films of the decade. The late 90's probably represent the height of her popularity thus far in her career. "Ghost Whisperer" was a popular show, but she hasn't really had the film success she did in the late 90's during it's run. Even though I'm a big fan, I have to admit most of her movies have totally sucked. She was even in one of the first really bad Jackie Chan movies. If I had to recommend one of her movies, it would be "If Only". It's not known by many people, but it's a shockingly good film. It's a chick flick, but it had me tearing up, and Jennifer gets to sing 2 GREAT songs in the film.

This list obviously takes into account more than careers. Physically she's the girl next door (which I like), and doesn't have the typical body type you find in Hollywood. However, the main reason she's on the top of my list is that she seems to genuinely be a good person. I've followed her career closer than most, and she is one of the few people that doesn't make the tabloids for drug & sex scandals. She does a lot of charity work, and seems to be one of the sweetest people I've ever seen in the spotlight. Of course it could be an act, but based on her catalog of work...I'd say she ain't a good enough actress to fool people for this long.

Watch It:
If Only (2004)
Party Of Five (1994-2000)
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
Trojan War (1997)
House Arrest (1996)

Listen To It:
Jennifer Love Hewitt (1996)
BareNaked (2002)
Love Will Show You Everything ("If Only" (2004) soundtrack)

More Info:
- Named the sexiest woman in the world in 1999 by Maxim.
- She has produced her own TV & film projects, and has directed a little as well.
- She wrote the book "The Day I Shot Cupid".
- Hewitt's first album "Love Songs", was released when she was 12.

Love Will Show You Everything


How Do I Deal

Please Save Us The World

Hero by Enrique Iglesias

Girl On TV by LFO

Her Music Videos:
1992 "Please Save Us The World"
1995 "Couldn't Find Another Man"
1996 "No Ordinary Love" (I have not seen this one)
1999 "How Do I Deal"
2002 "I'm Gonna Love You (Madellaine's Love Song)"
2002 "BareNaked"
2003 "Can I Go Now"

Music Video Appearances:
1998 "Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" by Smash Mouth
1998 "High" (U.S. version) by Feeder
1999 "Girl on TV" by LFO
2001 "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias
2010 "Christmas Tonight" by Dave Barnes

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.