Friday, December 19, 2008
Nichols & Dames
She had a body that could stop traffic, and a voice that could shatter glass; the brass and sass of a cynical showgirl, and the melancholy and vulnerability of every hard-knocks dame with the proverbial heart o' gold who ever strutted across the screen. She was, of course, Miss Barbara Nichols, who was unique in her niche as Hollywood's only character actress-cum-sex symbol: she could crack wise, spoof the dumb blonde stereotype, or play tough, all while heaving that bodacious bosom.
Miss Nichols passed away, too soon, in 1976. We miss her, and hereby place her among the Patron Saints of Stirred, Straight Up, with a Twist.