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The Blonde

Author: Conrad III, Barnaby
Publisher: Chronicle Books (1999)
Pages: 131
Binding: Hardcover
Synopsis: Do blondes have more fun? ?It was Clairol that first posed the question, but the answer never really mattered-just ?being a blonde made you special. In this celebration of the Golden Age of golden hair, ?Barnaby Conrad III, author of the best-selling The Martini, pays
tribute to a cultural icon ?that changed the world. The worship of blondeness started with Jean Harlow's wise-?cracking platinum vamp; overnight, blonde became the hair color of choice for the ?adventurous woman, and the ticket to top billing in Tinseltown. Stars like Marlene ?Dietrich, Mae West, Veronica Lake, Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot, Eva Marie Saint, ?Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Jayne Mansfield ?each in her unique way advanced the mystique of light-colored locks. When brunette ?Norma Jean transformed herself into the golden Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate dye was ?cast. Combining fashion photography and literary excerpts with a witty ?and admiring text, The Blonde revels in the myth and magic of the blonde ideal. An ?appendix of post-Marilyn blondes including Sharon Stone and Cameron Diaz shows how ?the legacy lives on. Left unresolved is the conundrum of why gentlemen, who prefer ?blondes, so often marry brunettes.



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