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September 17, 2013

Poor kids. When it comes to "cool," the impossible cool, all they've got is Miley Cyrus. We have Grace Kelly. [Bumped]

Game. Set. Match.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 17, 2013 11:56 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The coolest couple in the history of mankind is Bogey & Bacall.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 17, 2013 9:50 AM

And Audrey Hepburn, and Anouk Aimee, and Gene Tierney and and and and ........ Don't make me go look at Silver Screen Sirens. I might turn up Jennifer Jones or my favorite screenbabe Myrna Loy. Over to you.

Posted by: glenn at September 17, 2013 11:54 AM

Don't forget Jean Arthur, who was still quite attractive when she made "Shane." However, Cary Grant said Grace Kelly was his favorite leading lady so that pretty much retires the jersey.

Posted by: Lorne at September 17, 2013 1:37 PM

Fer chrisakes, she brought carryout from Chasens, complete with waiter.

Posted by: Casca at September 17, 2013 2:26 PM

The current crop looks like what most of them turn out to be - spoiled, self-obsessed brats.

Posted by: BillH at September 17, 2013 2:49 PM

Grace Kelly was by all accounts every bit the skeeze girls like Paris Hilton is, but the studio system kept it under wraps, and at least she knew how to behave in public.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 17, 2013 3:27 PM

Yeah, and Jean Harlow.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 17, 2013 3:46 PM

Ruth Hussey*

Posted by: ed at September 17, 2013 4:17 PM

Ingrid Bergman, Irene Dunne, Hedy Lamarr, Greer Garson, Eve Marie Saint, I got all day here folks.

Posted by: glenn at September 17, 2013 5:11 PM

Lorne wins.

Jean Arthur. endit.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at September 17, 2013 6:36 PM

Ingrid Bergman. Nothing more needs be said.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 17, 2013 7:06 PM

Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti.

Posted by: Jim at September 17, 2013 8:13 PM

Did Cary Grant say that before or after he made that movie with Sophia Loren, and was so smitten he hopelessly proposed marriage even though she was already married to Carlo Ponti?

Posted by: John A. Fleming at September 17, 2013 11:31 PM

Great list, gents; what a buncha classy dames. All of us were prepared by these ladies to spend our lives in thrall to wised-up, dignified, strong, feminine, sexy worship-able women.

And what we encountered were "feminists," dedicated to making themselves miserable, and sharing it - and to raising little girls and little boys who would never grow up, or want to, and who would forever hate and mistrust each other.

My Christ, what a waste.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at September 18, 2013 12:01 AM

She can't even twerk!

Posted by: Scott M at September 18, 2013 1:04 AM

Whatever twerking is, Rhonda Fleming does it to me.

Posted by: ed at September 18, 2013 3:35 AM

Everybody needs a squeezable redhead like Maureen O'Hara.

Posted by: indyjonesouthere at September 18, 2013 7:50 AM

When I grow up I want to be Rosalind Russell.

Posted by: Fausta at September 18, 2013 9:13 AM


I remember her as quite a cool lady.
Scary cool.

I did some work for her and shared a house with her tenant after a hurricane trashed her home many years ago. He left behind a sweet 870 and a .357 when he bailed. They provided alot of peace of mind in the months I stayed at that house.

Anyway, her husband (super pilot Charles Blair) owned the local seaplane company and flew my family to nearby islands a couple times a year in old WWII Grumman Goose seaplanes until he died in a plane crash on the reef offshore of his launch ramp. I fondly remember making a game of plugging up streams of water jetting into the passenger cabin through rivet holes in the hull with my fingers.

Our island is a poorer for their absence.

Posted by: monkeyfan at September 18, 2013 2:41 PM

Ann Hathaway could have been a lady like these, but she insisted on playing skanks in a string of movies and ruined her image.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 18, 2013 3:26 PM

Bacall and Truman.


You see, Miley, she did not have to 'twerk it'. Bacall just had to be. Grace looks effortless; and all of cool is a studied application of effortless. There is effort, of course, but there is never the appearance of effort. Like 'slo-motion' it is all fluid and effortless on the surface. All of the effort is in the preparation and remains under the surface.

There is cool. And then there is grace.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at September 18, 2013 6:58 PM

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