Monday, September 29, 2008

Old Actresses- Guest Post by Mom!

******Note from Horse Crazed Mind. I am posting My darling mother's comments from yesterday's post "Hotties of Old". I had a feeling that my Mom might post something politically related to my topic. She has always been one to stray off the beaten path, a trait I admire and hope to have inherited! I thought she might say something about the double standard of my post, that I would be considered chauvinistic, were I a male picking "hottie" females. Or maybe something about the homosexual tendencies of some of Hollywoods greatest male hearthrobs! Its true! But no! She pulled through with something even better. The discrimination that woman over "a certain age" face in Hollywood today. The information she provided was interesting, and provocative, and certainly worthy of being a topic in its right. So, Mom, you are invited to add on to your very first blog post! Take it away!! *******

Old Actresses (whoops, Actors!)

"Okay, so being that most of my favourite older men are taken already and the ones that really hit home with me don't make the hit list because they are too young, although in my dreams age isn't an issue, lol....Without a hesitation my favourite's are George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Colin Firth, Patrick Swayzee, Kurt Russell, need I go on? These are all just a smidgen younger then what we are talking about but worthy of mentioning as they are on the cusp.

I am going to take this opportunity to give tribute to the likes of Helen Murrin, Sophia Loren, Candice Burgen, Diane Keaton, etc etc.... Older women only make up 8% of the available roles in movies where 1/2 of the roles for men are made up of men over 35! What does that tell us? I find it ironic how we have advanced so far in so many areas yet the so so called "eye" candy for men at the movies does not include a women in her 40's, 50's or older and if they do it usually is related to movies like "Somethings Got to Give", with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

Most often the romances are between "much" older men and "much" younger women! Grrrrr...The Graduate was one of the few earlier movies that was the opposite, a very young graduate played by (Dustin Hoffman) and Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) if any of you younger people out there haven't seen it, it was a movie that really was a legend in it's time! 1967

To be continued....

1 comment:

  1. Great post Chelsi's mom, and I whole heartedly agree with you about the unfortunate portrayal of "older" women in the media... whether it be films or TV.

    I love some of the actresses of old, such as Doris Day, Grace Kelly, and Kim Novak, and would love to see more women such as Meryl Streep, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Lane movies. Another favorite of mine is Meg Ryan, but I am not sure of her age (I think she is in her 40's).

    Can't wait for your next installment! :)