Contemporary audiences will immediately notice how comparatively mature Parker appears compared to today's supermodels. Aesthetics were very different in Parker's day: women strived to look sophisticated, rather than half their age.
On the first of this month, Walter Matthau, who left us just a decade ago, would have turned ninety. Ruminating on this unnoted milestone made me consider anew what a unique and gifted screen actor he was.
I consider Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O and Grace Kelly to be the epitome of beauty and style and find it remarkable that they were all born in the same year. So I wondered: is there something that made this seeming coincidence less of one?
Even as he approaches 50, Tom Cruise broadens his range -- maybe not to a Cary Grant level of charm, perhaps, but certainly to something a lot less determined and disciplined than usual: something that approaches actual goofiness.
It was only a matter of time before women opted for something simpler and safer than heels. By the 1800s, everyone was wearing soft, simple slippers that would look right on trend with today's ballet flat.