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People who went blonde (or white) and became legends

Madonna, Courtney Love, Nancy Spungeon, Rod Stewart, Sting, Billy Idol.. Would they have really made it otherwise?

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by Anonymousreply 49January 13, 2022 10:30 AM

I have no earthly idea of what you're talking about

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by Anonymousreply 1December 19, 2021 10:47 PM

God only knows what my career would have been like without the bleach bottle...

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by Anonymousreply 2December 19, 2021 10:51 PM

Gwen Stefani.

by Anonymousreply 3December 19, 2021 10:54 PM

Look at what a beauty MM was anyway. If she had learned to act early on instead of later in her career I think she would have made it anyway. She didn't need bleach to be beautiful.

BTW, I think Madonna made it, not on her looks which weren't great with blond or dark hair but on her business sense. She has a nose for money making and how to fool the public into thinking you are giving them something worth seeing. Like the guy who owned the big circus. Madonna cannot sing, or dance well and can't act at all so it sure wasn't her talent or looks that gave her those billions.

by Anonymousreply 4December 19, 2021 10:56 PM

Jean Harlow

by Anonymousreply 5December 19, 2021 10:56 PM

Michael Jackson?

by Anonymousreply 6December 19, 2021 10:58 PM

Lonnie Anderson

by Anonymousreply 7December 19, 2021 11:00 PM

[quote]Like the guy who owned the big circus. Madonna cannot sing, or dance well and can't act at all so it sure wasn't her talent or looks that gave her those billions.

Madonna is a showman and puts on a good show. She isn't the best singer in the world, but while the Whitney's and Mariah's showcased their vocal gymnastics, Madonna gave the public the good ol' razzmatazz.

by Anonymousreply 8December 19, 2021 11:01 PM

IMO, the following people would not have been successful with dark hair:

1. Madonna

2. Britney Spears

by Anonymousreply 9December 19, 2021 11:03 PM

Eminem

by Anonymousreply 10December 19, 2021 11:11 PM

Dennis Rodman

by Anonymousreply 11December 19, 2021 11:12 PM

Blondness was really not a sexual thing until the advent of JEAN HARLOW. Before she became famous in the early talkies of the 1930s, blonde hair was mostly associated with virginal innocent young girls, as personified by Mary Pickford. Torrid sexuality was confined to dark raven-haired vamps like Theda Bara, Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri.

Harlow was the first famous blonde femme fatale and the severe white hot platinum tone of her slick marcelled hair, especially when combined with her plucked arched eyebrows, dark cupid's bow lips and white skin, gave her blondness a sharp-edged Art Deco aura that was the perfect personification of sex in the 1930s.

by Anonymousreply 12December 19, 2021 11:18 PM

"Harlow was the first famous blonde femme fatale "

Yeah, I was pure as snow... I just drifted a little

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by Anonymousreply 13December 19, 2021 11:29 PM

Miss Lindsey

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by Anonymousreply 14December 19, 2021 11:44 PM

Olivia Newton-John

by Anonymousreply 15December 19, 2021 11:46 PM

[quote]Whitney's and Mariah's

My apologies for the gratuitous apostrophes.

by Anonymousreply 16December 19, 2021 11:46 PM

Rod Stewart is fucking ugly no matter what colour his hair is. He does have talent. Remember that?

by Anonymousreply 17December 19, 2021 11:55 PM

Adam Levine

by Anonymousreply 18December 19, 2021 11:57 PM

#13 makes me wonder if Mae was a blonde (maybe a dirty blonde?). She probably started peroxiding it before puberty.

Name that tone.

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by Anonymousreply 19December 20, 2021 12:43 AM

Shame about Marilyn's hair. I've always thought her natural color was beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 20December 20, 2021 12:57 AM

I was good friends with stylist Sylvia Barnhart, who took Monroe blonde. She had some incredible stories about Norma Jeane.

by Anonymousreply 21December 20, 2021 1:01 AM

Marilyn's natural hair color was a sort of chestnut, not as bright as the picture above, and IMHO she was far more photogenic as a blonde than she was as a redhead. The blonde hair and pale skin made her stand out, she caught the light and glowed with a pale golden glow, something Charlize Theron has copied. Theron seems to be a natural dark blonde, but if she wants to glam it up she dyes her hair light blonde and uses very light makeup.

Scarlett Johanssen is another who is far more photogenic as a blonde, and of course her biggest role has been as a redhead with dark red hair. She looks SO much prettier as a blonde!

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by Anonymousreply 22December 20, 2021 1:06 AM

Lady Gaga

by Anonymousreply 23December 20, 2021 1:17 PM

@r19,"Name that tone"

Flat

by Anonymousreply 24December 20, 2021 1:45 PM

R12 I'm not sure about that because Mae West was born before her and they started their careers at the same time

by Anonymousreply 25December 20, 2021 3:22 PM

Lana Turner—she did it before Marilyn Monroe. She had dark hair in her first few films, dyed it blonde, and her career took off.

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by Anonymousreply 26December 20, 2021 3:22 PM

Jayne Mansfield

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by Anonymousreply 27December 20, 2021 3:23 PM

MM looks so pretty in that pic...she should have stayed a darker blonde.

by Anonymousreply 28December 20, 2021 3:26 PM

Brigitte Bardot

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by Anonymousreply 29December 20, 2021 3:29 PM

Kate Gosselin

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by Anonymousreply 30December 20, 2021 4:11 PM

For some reason, early Jayne Mansfield at R27 reminds me of Madeleine Sherwood.

by Anonymousreply 31December 21, 2021 1:39 AM

Just to clear up one point - Jean Harlow's platinum blonde look first wowed the public in the 1930 film "Hell's Angels", and Mae West's first film was "Night After Night" in 1932.

Therefore Harlow was Hollywood's first blonde sexpot, there had been blonde actresses before her but they were mainly eternal virgin types like Lillian Gish. Brunettes like Theda Bara and the redhead Clara Bow were the sexy ones of the silent era.

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by Anonymousreply 32December 21, 2021 3:40 AM

Elvis went the other way, dying his dirty blond hair black.

by Anonymousreply 33December 21, 2021 3:45 AM

A lot of other men have done the same, including recent Brit actors like Cumberbitch and Hiddleston. They look less wimpy with dark hair.

The first bleached-blonde himbo in Hollywood history was Buster Crabbe in the "Flash Gordon" serials. Crabbe had dark hair in real life, but since the series was based on comics where Flash was draw with yellow hair, they blonded him up. Very light hair looked spectacular in black and white, even on men.

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by Anonymousreply 34December 21, 2021 4:30 AM

Lisa Kudrow might not be a legend, but . . .

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by Anonymousreply 35December 24, 2021 8:29 PM

Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close

by Anonymousreply 36December 24, 2021 8:31 PM

I never tire of Marilyns face. It is just so pleasant, symmetrical and that smile is everything. The basic bitches today have nothing on her.

by Anonymousreply 37December 24, 2021 8:32 PM

R17 But he had a beautiful booty.

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by Anonymousreply 38December 24, 2021 8:47 PM

R34 Elvis was beautiful, he would have been a stunner with any hair color, but with black hair he was more striking, while Cumberbatch, he would be better with some neutral brown tone that wouldn't emphasize his strange features. Hiddlestone was handsome blonde, but he is starting to lose his looks. Maybe he would look younger with lighter hair.

by Anonymousreply 39December 24, 2021 9:07 PM

I agree on Eminem, he was a very handsome blondie, ok, he was young too. With brown hair he started to look plain.

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by Anonymousreply 40December 24, 2021 9:09 PM

Even Tyler the creator was not his usual ugly self with blonde wig.

But now he looks 50 years old.

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by Anonymousreply 41December 24, 2021 9:13 PM

May Britt. 1953

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by Anonymousreply 42December 26, 2021 2:38 PM

Kim Novak

...the plastic surgery.

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by Anonymousreply 43December 26, 2021 2:44 PM

DL fave....

Young Kellyanne Conway

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by Anonymousreply 44December 26, 2021 2:51 PM

Anna Nicole Smith

by Anonymousreply 45December 27, 2021 11:36 AM

R44 Why does that pic seem so lewd?! It’s like a cock is going right into her asshole. She’s so creepy.

by Anonymousreply 46December 27, 2021 12:05 PM

Besides dyeing his hair blond, after he became successful, Sting had two nose jobs.

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by Anonymousreply 47January 13, 2022 9:42 AM

Walter Mercado

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by Anonymousreply 48January 13, 2022 9:57 AM

Beyonce, Etta James, Mary J. Blige, Dennis Rodman, RuPaul, Laverne Cox,

by Anonymousreply 49January 13, 2022 10:30 AM
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