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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The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
May 25
1938—Alicante Is Bombed
During the Spanish Civil War, a squadron of Italian bombers sent by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to support the insurgent Spanish Nationalists, bombs the town of Alicante, killing more than three-hundred people. Although less remembered internationally than the infamous Nazi bombing of Guernica the previous year, the death toll in Alicante is similar, if not higher.
1977—Star Wars Opens
George Lucas's sci-fi epic Star Wars premiers in the Unites States to rave reviews and packed movie houses. Produced on a budget of $11 million, the film goes on to earn $460 million in the U.S. and $337 million overseas, while spawning a franchise that would eventually earn billions and make Lucas a Hollywood icon.
May 24
1930—Amy Johnson Flies from England to Australia
English aviatrix Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia. She had departed from Croydon on May 5 and flown 11,000 miles to complete the feat. Her storied career ends in January 1941 when, while flying a secret mission for Britain, she either bails out into the Thames estuary and drowns, or is mistakenly shot down by British fighter planes. The facts of her death remain clouded today.
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