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What causes beautiful women to be judged solely on their physical attractiveness and not to be
taken seriously in the entertainment business?
In the entertainment business, beauty is both a blessing and a curse. Beauty DOES open doors and pays great dividends. However, beauty is also a curse where beautiful women are judged as appendages and are viewed not noteworthy actresses. Beautiful women oftentimes have to FIGHT to be taken and be considered as serious contenders in the acting game. Many beautiful actresses find their careers over as they age, oftentimes being replicas of their former selves.
Ironically, you chose Jane Mansfield for the question picture. Ironically for me as I have always thought she was one of the most beautiful celebrities of all time. Well, Jane Mansfield and Maureen O'Sullivan (when she starred in the first Tarzan movie). Both these women predated me, but their beauty is timeless.
That said. I understand what you are saying and I agree. There are some amazing actresses who are beautiful and amazing actresses who are not considered by many as beautiful. But what is considered beautiful at any point in history is what the media and film put on the big screen. I consider it sad, because although I appreciate beautiful women no less than the next person, I also appreciate acting talent. For me what makes a film a success is the actor's portrayal of their character. If I believe that person to be their character then I am drawn more deeply into the storyline.
Typecasting is an obvious problem in films, and many times I get the impression that it is justified. What I mean is that the actor has no real talent. The actor is merely playing themselves, not a role. A real actor is one who can play a role that is nothing like themselves and can make me believe them.
For lack of time, I cannot go through a number of talents as I see them, but I will give one example that quickly comes to mind. Jessica Lange starred in a King Kong remake in 1976 playing a campy Dwan, the apple of Kong's eye. I have no doubt her beauty had a lot to do with her getting that role; not her acting skills. But Jessica Lange also starred in the movie Frances about the life of Frances Farmer and she was amazing.
In my opinion, there are too many bad movies starring actresses and actors hired for their outward appearances and not their inner talents. Some of them should not even be called actors. And some of them never get a chance to display their real talents. It is a shame that the market is one perceived as desiring beauty over talent, whether that desire is valid or not, because so much talent goes to waste. So much talent is never seen or realized.
The human value system can be put into question with this topic. Beauty is much more than the image flashed on a screen or pin up poster. Men and woman are inundated with images of what is regarded as beauty and it is so superficial. We value these images because we are taught to value them, encouraged to value them. Consumerism is driven by it and that's one main reason you think it's valuable - you are persuaded to value it.
How shallow we have become to think that the flashed image is what you are encouraged to look like in order to be given attention. This long trend will take a long time to undo unfortunately. It will take a change in values, a change in attitude as to how to address children. Saying how pretty a little girl looks in her new dress - why is this a reflex statement? And it's a shallow one at best. Why is the child's interest in a particular book not the topic of conversation. Why are children's curiosities not engaged by adults? Instead the focus is on how they look. A short and sweet and dismissive inquiry that leaves a child thinking about his/her own looks instead of what's really important to them. The child learns that it's their looks that adults are interested in. Boy has that done some damage!
How many people know Gena Davis is a Mensa?
outward appearances r not just front page in the media & Hollywood. Just about everyone judges someone they meet by outward appearance (looks or clothes) & it takes many more meetings to disprove that judgment call. People look 1st, listen la
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