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Old 04-26-2007, 01:44 PM
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Which classic period actresses would have done nude scenes?

Barbara Payton, natch, but can't think of any other obvious choices. Anyone?
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:20 PM
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Hedy Lamarr

Marilyn Monroe
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:33 PM
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Maureen O'Sullivan, in fact, I believe she did one in a Tarzan movie.

Fay Wray just seems likely to me.

I suspect Audrey Hepburn would have been willing. She did not seem like the type to be uptight about such.

Several of the famous dancers are probably strong candidates. Dancers seem to be casual about nudity.

So I would guess:
Ginger Rogers
Cyd Charisse
Leslie Caron

I suppose many classic period actresses would, probably several with squeaky clean images. At the same time I have the feeling Liz Taylor & Ava Gardner would have avoided it, despite their bad girl reps.

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:34 PM
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Joan Crawford did porn.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:36 PM
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Joan Crawford did porn.
You know, statements like that require some sort of cite. Really, I am not joking, can you point to some verification of this?

From IMDB:
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After she was signed to MGM, someone attempted to extort money from the studio by claiming they had a porn film that featured a young Crawford. The attempt failed when MGM pointed out they could not definitely prove the actress in the film was Crawford. The incident was mentioned in a couple of biographies.

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:36 PM
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Jane Russell

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:39 PM
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It's impossible to speculate who "would have done" nude scenes. Actresses back then had a completely different mindset than today (and those today are different from actresses in the 70s, when nude scenes were much more common).

Lamarr did a nude scene, and Monroe posed nude, so they probably would have, but unless an actress did do a nude scene, there's no way to tell if she might have done one.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:46 PM
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It's impossible to speculate who "would have done" nude scenes. Actresses back then had a completely different mindset than today (and those today are different from actresses in the 70s, when nude scenes were much more common).

Lamarr did a nude scene, and Monroe posed nude, so they probably would have, but unless an actress did do a nude scene, there's no way to tell if she might have done one.
Yes, but the early 30's mindset was very different from the 40's mind set.

I am not even sure what we mean by classic period actresses. Nudity and near nudity happened in the early 30's and disappeared from main stream movies completely until sometime in the 60's. So do we look at only actresses from after the Hays Code in 1934?

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:51 PM
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Hedy Lamarr...
that's Hedley!
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Old 04-26-2007, 04:08 PM
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You know, statements like that require some sort of cite. Really, I am not joking, can you point to some verification of this?

From IMDB:
Well, ok, she was widely rumored to have done porn. I read something by Kenneth Anger in which he more or less claimed as fact that she had done stag films before she got famous. I could have sworn there was also some kind of old film out there somewhere with an actress who looks like her and reputedly was her, but maybe that's not verified.

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Old 04-26-2007, 04:13 PM
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that's Hedley!
Oh, there's an image I didn't need.
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Old 04-26-2007, 04:16 PM
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Shame on you folks for not thinking of the most obvious name - Mae West!

and Tallulah Bankhead.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:52 PM
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You're not fooling anyone, Streisand! I know it was you in that grainy porn loop!
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:03 PM
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I am grateful for any thread that gives me the opportunity to mention Louise Brooks.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:07 PM
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Would have done? How about should have done!

Myrna Loy...sigh...Carole Lombard...Eleanor Powell...
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:15 PM
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Would have done? How about should have done!

Myrna Loy...sigh...
Probably the closest you're going to get.

And if we're talkin' shoulda, then I gotta add Vera-Ellen and Joan Blondell.

Double sigh.

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Old 04-26-2007, 06:17 PM
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Nell Gwyn.

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Old 04-26-2007, 06:19 PM
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Vera didn't load.

I'll see your Joan Blondell and raise you June Preisser!
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:58 PM
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Would have done? How about should have done!

Myrna Loy...sigh...Carole Lombard...Eleanor Powell...
Myrna Loy would be my wish, and Barbara Payton, and Gloria Grahame.

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Old 04-26-2007, 08:19 PM
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I always thought Mildred Davis was quite pretty. I never thought Safety Last! could be improved upon but this thread has me second-guessing that.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:24 PM
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Oh, there's an image I didn't need.
It's 2007. You can sue him!



I've always been hard err, fond, of Paulette Goddard
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:38 PM
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You're not fooling anyone, Streisand! I know it was you in that grainy porn loop!
Streisand is way to young to count in this thread. Her Career basically started in the sixties.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:44 PM
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Jean Harlow?
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:57 PM
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Merle Oberon (in my dreams).

Maybe Judy Holliday.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:19 PM
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I dunno about would have, but should have? I'd vote for two knockout girl-next-door types:

Teresa Wright, http://www.teatral.net/asp/img/espectacles/9959.jpg

and Donna Reed, http://www.nndb.com/people/702/00003...eed6-sized.jpg
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:21 PM
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Fay Wray just seems likely to me.
Didn't we get some unintentional peeks during King Kong?
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:29 PM
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Didn't we get some unintentional peeks during King Kong?
I'm not sure, but that was what made me think, she would have been willing.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:30 PM
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Clara Bow, the "It Girl" from the 20s, did nude photos, so it's a good bet she would have. If you were to do a Google image search with Safe Search off, you would see some of them.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:37 PM
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Susan Hayward and Rhonda Fleming
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Old 04-27-2007, 03:52 AM
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Shame on you folks for not thinking of the most obvious name - Mae West!
I disagree. Her entire schtick was based on suggestion. She'd never reveal ALL. Never. Never ever ever EVER.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:04 AM
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Shame on you folks for not thinking of the most obvious name - Mae West!
I disagree. Her entire schtick was based on suggestion. She'd never reveal ALL. Never. Never ever ever EVER.
I think you are spot on, on this one. Even in her famous play Sex that led to her arrest, it was all innuendo. She showed less of herself in her pre-code films then other starlets of the time.

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Old 04-27-2007, 11:57 AM
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It's 2007. You can sue him!



I've always been hard err, fond, of Paulette Goddard
You and Charlie Chaplin.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:19 PM
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Well, even if she didn't do it back then, she's doing it now - and at the age of 73!!!!

Mamie Van Doren

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Old 04-27-2007, 12:20 PM
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I think you are spot on, on this one. Even in her famous play Sex that led to her arrest, it was all innuendo. She showed less of herself in her pre-code films then other starlets of the time.

Jim
Not quite. There's a pretty well-known story in which a reporter came to her house to interview her. A personal assistant ushered the reporter into an antechamber room to wait for Ms. West to get ready. The antechamber's only furnishing was a single bench bolted to the floor, and facing a life-sized photographic portrait of Mae West, wearing absolutely nothing but an oversized hat, and proudly displaying her genitalia. After a few minutes, the P.A. came back to usher the reporter into a parlor where Ms. West was waiting. When the reporter seated himself, Ms. West smiled, cocked her head, and coolly asked "What did you think of the hat?"

No, I don't have a cite. But it's a pretty well-known story and I have no trouble believing that it's real and not an urban legend. West enjoyed using wit and suggestion, but times also forced her to be coy-er than she might have been.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:38 PM
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It's 2007. You can sue him!



I've always been hard err, fond, of Paulette Goddard
Yes, Paulette was a hottie. I'd like to toss in the pot one Ava Gardner.
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