Friday, February 17, 2023

Godspeed Stella Stevens

Stella Stevens, who appeared in such films as The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), The Silencers (1966), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972), died today, February 17 2023, at the age of 84. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for some time.

Stella Stevens was born Estelle Eggleston on October 1 1938 in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She was four years old when her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. When she was 16 years old she married Noble Herman Stephens. The two would have one son, actor Andrew Stevens, and divorced in 1957. She attended Memphis State College, where she developed an interest in acting. She received a contract with 20th Century Fox after being noticed in a college production of Bus Stop.

Stella Stevens made her film debut in 1959 in Say One for Me. After an uncredited role in The Blue Angel (1959), 20th Century Fox dropped Miss Stevens, but she was picked up right away by Paramount Pictures, who cast her as Appassionata Von Climax in Li'l Abner (1959). She made her television debut playing opposite Dick Van Dyke in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Craig's Will" in 1960. She also guest starred on the shows Johnny Ringo, Hawaiian Eye, Bonanza, and Riverboat.

The Sixties saw Stella Stevens playing opposite Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1962), Glenn Ford and Shirley Jones in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), and Dean Martin in The Silencers (1966). She also appeared in the movies Man-Traip (1961), Too Late Blues (1961), Advance to the Rear (1964), Synanon (1965), The Secret of My Success (1965), Rage (1966), How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968), Sol Madrid (1968), Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!  (1968), The Mad Room (1969), and The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970). On television she had a recurring role on the TV series Ben Casey. She guest starred on the television shows General Electric Theatre, Follow the Sun, Frontier Circus, and Vacation Playhouse.

In the Seventies Miss Stevens appeared in the movies A Town Called Bastard (1972), Stand Up and Be Counted (1972), Slaughter (1972), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Arnold (1973), Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975), Las Vegas Lady (1975), Nickelodeon (1976), and The Manitou (1978). On television she appeared in the mini-series The French Atlantic Affair, as well as such TV movies as In Broad Daylight; Kiss Me, Kill Me; Wanted: the Sundance Woman; Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging; Murder in Peyton Place; and The Night They Took Miss Beautiful. She guest starred on the TV shows Ghost Story, Hec Ramsey, Banacek, Police Story, Wonder Woman, The Oregon Trail; The Eddie Capra Mysteries; Supertrain; and Hart to Hart.

In the Eighties Stella Stevens was a regular on the prime time soap opera Flamingo Road, the TV series Adventures Beyond Belief, and the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. She guest starred on the shows Matt Houston; The Love Boat; Newhart; Fantasy Island; Hotel; Highway to Heaven; Night Court; Murder, She Wrote; Magnum, P.I.; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; and Dream On. She appeared in the movies Wacko (1982), Ladies Night (1983), Chained Heat (1983), Mister Deathman (1983), The Longshot (1986), Monster in the Closet (1987), and Down the Drain.

In the Nineties Miss Stevens appeared in the movies Last Call (1991), Mom (1991), The Nutt House (1992), Exiled in America (1992), Eye of the Stranger (1993), South Beach (1993), Little Devils: The Birth (1993), Hard Drive (1994), Molly & Gina (1994), Illicit Dreams (1994), and Bikini Hotel (1997). On television she had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital and a regular role on the show Strip Mall. She guest starred on the shows In the Heat of the Night, Dangerous Curves, The Commish, Burke's Law, Highlander, Marker, Dave's World, Renegade; Arli$$, Silk Stalkings, Nash Bridges, and Viper. She appeared in the mini-series In Cold Blood.

In the Naughts Stella Stevens appeared in the movies The Long Ride Home (2003), Blessed (2004), Glass Trap (2005), Hell to Pay (2005), and Popstar (2005). She guest starred on the TV show Twenty Good Years. Her final work, the animated movie Quackers, is set to be released later this year.

Stella Stevens was a remarkable actress, playing a wide variety of roles. She played the seductive mistress of General Bullmoose, Appassionata von Climax, in Li'l Abner. In The Courtship of Eddie's Father she was one of the women Eddie tries to match his father with, the sexy and brainy, but overly shy Dollye Daily. She held her own with Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor, playing college student Stella Purdy. She had a gift for comedy, as shown by her stint as the clumsy Gail Hendricks in The Silencers. What might have been her best role was in The Ballad of Cable Hogue, playing the independent, intelligent town prostitute. Stella Stevens could play anything, from a golddigger trying to get a dog's inheritance in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Craig's Will" to a woman married to a corpse in Arnold. Stella Stevens was an incredible beauty, but she was an incredible talent as well.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Late Great Raquel Welch

I have known who Raquel Welch was my entire life, well before I ever saw any of her movies. Such was Raquel Welch's level of stardom in the late Sixties and the Seventies that everyone knew who she was, even if they had never seen anything she had done. She was more than simply a movie star. She was the sex symbol of the era. I don't think there has been a sex symbol quite as popular ever since. Of course, while Raquel Welch was a sex symbol, she was also a very talented actress. I learned this when I was still a lad and I saw Fantastic Voyage (1966), The Three Musketeers (1974), and The Four Musketeers (1975) for the first time. She may have been best known for her looks, but Raquel Welch could act. Sadly, Raquel Welch died yesterday at the age of 82 after a short illness.

Raquel Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago on September 5 1940. Her father came from Bolivia. She was only two years old when her family moved to San Diego, California. Miss Welch had wanted to be a performer since she was very young. She began studying ballet when she was seven, but stopped when she was ten years old. As a teenager she was winning beauty contests. At 14 she was named "Miss Photogenic." She was later named Miss La Jolla, Miss San Diego, and Maid of California.

She won a scholarship at San Diego College, where she studied drama, but eventually dropped out. She married her high school sweetheart, James Welch. The marriage only lasted a few years. In 1960 Raquel Welch got a job as a weather girl at KFMB in San Diego. It was in 1963 that she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. It was not long before she was landing parts. She made her film debut in A House is Not a Home in 1964. She made her television debut as a Billboard Girl on the variety show Hollywood Palace that same year. She guest starred on the shows The Virginian, McHale's Navy, Bewitched, The Rogues, Wendy and Me, and The Bailey's of Balboa. She auditioned for the role of Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. She also appeared in the movies Roustabout (1964), A Swingin' Summer (1965), and Do Not Disturb (1965).

It was producer Saul David's wife who took notice of her and suggested that 20th Century Fox sign her. Miss Welch was signed to a seven year, non-exclusive contract to the studio. Amazingly enough, the studio suggested she use "Debbie" as her first name, something that Raquel Welch refused to do. She was cast in the science fiction movie Fantastic Voyage (1966). She was then loaned to Hammer Films where she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). The poster for the movie, featuring her in a fur bikini, caused a sensation. Between Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C., Raquel Welch became a sex symbol almost immediately.

In the late Sixties Raquel Welch appeared in the movies Shoot Louder...I Don't Understand (1966), Sex Quartet (1966), The Oldest Profession (1967), Fathom (1967), Bedazzled (1967), The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968), Bandolero! (1968), Lady in Cement (1968), 100 Rifles (1969), Flareup (1969), The Magic Christian (1969), and Myra Breckinridge (1970). She guest starred as herself in an episode of Bracken's World. In 1970 her television special Raquel! aired on CBS.

In the Seventies Miss Welch appeared in the movies Hannie Caulder (1971), The Beloved (1971), Fuzz (1972), Kansas City Bomber (1972), Bluebeard (1972), The Last of Sheila (1973), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974), The Wild Party (1975), Mother, Juggs & Speed (1976), and Animal (1977). She guest starred on the TV shows Laugh-In, Cher, Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, and Mork & Mindy. Miss Welch appeared in the TV specials Really, Raquel and From Raquel with Love. She appeared in the TV movie The Legend of Walks Far Woman.

In the Eighties Raquel Welch appeared on Broadway in Woman of the Year. She appeared in the TV movies Right to Die, Scandal in a Small Town, and Trouble in Paradise. In the Nineties Raquel Welch was a regular on the short-lived series Central Park West. She guest starred on the shows Evening Shade, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Seinfeld, and Spin City. She appeared in the TV movies Tainted Blood and Torch Song. She appeared in the movies Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Chairman of the Board (1998), and What I Did for Love (1998). She appeared on Broadway in Victor/Victoria.

In the Naughts Miss Welch had a recurring role on the TV series American Family and a regular role on Welcome to the Captain. She guest starred on 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter. She appeared in the movies Tortilla Soup (2001), Legally Blonde (2001), and Forget About It (2006). In the Teens she had a regular role on the TV series Date My Dad. She guest starred on the show CSI: Miami. She appeared in the TV movies House of Versace and The Ultimate Legacy. She appeared in the movie How to Be a Latin Lover (2007).

I always thought, perhaps because of her status as a sex symbol, Raquel Welch was underrated as an actress. Indeed, she had a particular gift for comedy. Her comic talent was on display as the title character in the spy comedy Fathom. And she proved to have a gift for slapstick in both The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, playing the beautiful but clumsy Constance de Bonacieux. On the family drama American Family she provided much of the show's humour as Aunt Dora, the family's drama queen who had almost become a star. When it came to comedy Raquel Welch had both a gift for delivering lines and a knack for slapstick. She really was underutilized when it came to comedies.

Of course, Miss Welch was nothing if not versatile, and she may well have been the first major sex symbol who was also an action star. In 100 Rifles she played Native American revolutionary Sarita. In Bandolero! she played the widow of a man who was killed by outlaws, who also happens to be very good with a gun. In Hannie Caulder she played the title character, whose husband is murdered by a gang. She hires a bounty hunter to train her to use a gun in order to avenge her husband and herself.

As good as Miss Welch was as a comic actress and action star, she was also good at drama. In Kansas City Bomber, she played K.C. Carr, a singer mother who makes her living in the world of roller derby. In the TV movie Right to Die she played a woman suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease. In Scandal in a Small Town she played a mother who fights anti-Semitism in a small town. Raquel Welch was extremely versatile, being able to play everything from a scientist in Fantastic Voyage to a cavewoman in One Million Years B.C. to an alcoholic actress in the TV adaptation of Torch Song, She may have been incredibly sexy, but Raquel Welch was much more than a sex symbol.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

TCM's 31 Days of Oscar 2023

I know a lot of Turner Classic Films fans look forward to the 31 Days of Oscar each year, the month-long programming block dedicated to movies honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I have to admit that I am not one of them, and I have am a bit disappointed that it has fallen during my birth month the past many years. For one thing, the 31 Days of Oscar pre-empt TCM's usual programming, such as Noir Alley and Silent Sunday Nights. For another, it has generally been the month that TCM has shown the fewest of my favourite films. Fortunately, this year seems to be a bit better, with TCM showing several of my favourite movies.

This year TCM is organizing the films shown during the 31 Days of Oscar by genre, so that there are blocks of sci-fi movies, gangster movies, and so on. Given this year marks the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros., they will also showing some of the studio's best known films.

As I said earlier, this year Turner Classic Movies is showing more of my favourites during the 31 Days of Oscar. Below are my picks as to what to watch next month. All times are Central.

Wednesday, March 1
10:30 AM Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
5:15 PM Father of the Bride (1950)
7:00 PM The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
11:00 PM The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Thursday, March 2
3:30 AM Mighty Joe Young (1949)
9:00 AM Little Caesar (1930)
12:15 PM White Heat (1949)
7:00 PM Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
9:15 PM Wuthering Heights (1939)

Friday, March 3
6:30 AM Lolita (1962)
11:30 AM Mrs. Miniver (1942)
4:00 PM The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
7:00 PM Double Indemnity (1944)
9:00 PM Mildred Pierce (1945)
11:00 PM The Letter (1940)

Saturday, March 4
1:00 AM The Killers (1946)
3:00 AM Crossfire (1947)
5:00 AM The Front Page (1931)
9:00 AM Adam's Rib (1949)
1:00 PM Harvey (1950)
4:45 PM Some Like It Hot (1959)
9:15 PM It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Sunday, March 5
12:15 AM You Can't Take It With You (1938)
7:00 AM Now, Voyager (1942)
3:00 PM Gone with the Wind (1939)
7:00 PM Casablanca (1942)

Monday, March 6
5:00 PM Singin' in the Rain (1952)
10:00 PM She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Tuesday, March 7
5:00 AM Gulliver's Travels (1939)
8:45 AM David Copperfield (1935)
1:15 PM The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)
7:00 PM A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Wednesday, March 8
1:00 PM Libelled Lady (1936)
7:00 PM The French Connection (1971)
9:00 PM Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Thursday, March 9
2:00 AM The Public Enemy (1931)
3:30 AM Shaft (1971)
5:45 AM Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964)
9:45 AM Foreign Correspondent (1940)
4:30 AM North by Northwest (1959)

Friday, March 10 (my birthday)
3:00 PM The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
5:00 PM Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Saturday, March 11
12:15 AM The Time Machine (1960)
4:00 PM Forbidden Planet (1956)
9:15 AM Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
1:00 PM The Music Man (1962)
3:45 PM A Star is Born (1954)
7:00 PM An American in Paris (1951)
9:00 PM West Side Story (1961)
11:45 PM Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Sunday, March 12
1:45 PM The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Monday, March 13
3:00 PM Waterloo Bridge (1940)
5:00 PM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
7:00 PM The Sting (1973)
9:15 PM The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Tuesday, March 14
12:15 AM Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
1:30 AM The Lavender Hill Mob (1952)
3:00 AM Hot Millions (1968)
8:30 AM The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
12:15 PM The Sea Hawk (1940)
2:30 PM Captain Blood (1935)
7:00 PM La Strada (1954)

Wednesday, March 15
5:00 AM Rashomon (1950)
10:45 AM Z (1969)

Thursday, March 16
10:45 AM Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
7:00 PM Spartacus (1960)

Friday, March 17
7:00 PM It Happened One Night (1934)
9:00 PM Pillow Talk (1959)
11:00 PM The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Saturday, March 18
1:00 AM The Lady Eve (1941)
11:15 AM Stagecoach (1939)
3:15 PM Giant (1956)
7:00 PM Hud (1963)

Sunday, March 19
1:45 AM Cat Ballou (1965)
6:00 AM The Window (1949)
7:30 AM The Maltese Falcon (1940)
9:15 AM The Thin Man (1934)
11:00 AM The Third Man (1949)
1:00 PM Charade (1963)
3:00 PM Laura (1944)
7:00 PM Rear Window (1954)
9:00 PM Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
11:15 PM In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Monday, March 20
3:15 AM Blowup (1967)
9:00 AM 42nd Street (1933)
10:45 AM Easter Parade (1948)
12:30 PM Kiss Me Kate (1953)
2:30 PM The Band Wagon (1953)

Tuesday, March 21
12:00 AM The Crowd (1928)
7:00 PM To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
9:15 PM Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
11:30 PM 12 Angry Men (1957)

Wednesday, March 22
1:15 AM Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
4:00 AM Inherit the Wind (1960)
7:00 PM Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
8:45 PM The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Thursday, March 23
1:15 AM The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
7:30 AM Brigadoon (1954)
11:15 AM My Favorite Wife (1940)
11:30 PM The 400 Blows (1959)

Friday, March 24
1:30 AM Diner (1982)
11:00 PM Ship of Fools (1965)
7:00 PM Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
8:45 PM Network (1976)
11:00 PM The Great Dictator (1940)

Saturday, March 25
1:15 AM The Producers (1968)
2:45 AM The Players (1992)
6:30 AM The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
2:15 PM Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
7:00 PM Patton (1970)

Sunday, March 26
6:45 AM Grand Hotel (1932)
10:30 AM Citizen Kane (1941)
3:00 PM The Lost Weekend (1945)
7:00 PM All About Eve (1950)

Monday, March 27
12:15 AM There Will Be Blood (2007)
9:00 AM Gaslight (1944)
1:00 PM Suspicion (1941)
3:00 PM Strangers on a Train (1951)
3:45 PM The Bad Seed (1956)
7:00 PM Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Tuesday, March 28
1:15 AM Blackboard Jungle (1955)
3:00 AM Fame (1980)
11:30 AM Royal Wedding (1951)
7:00 PM Cool Hand Luke (1967)
11:00 PM Papillon (1973)

Wednesday, March 29
4:15 AM Caged (1950)
8:00 AM Fury (1936)
4:30 PM The Red Shoes (1948)
10:30 PM Woodstock (1970)

Thursday, March 30
10:00 AM Mister Roberts (1955)
2:30 PM Anchors Aweigh (1945)
5:00 PM On the Town (1949)
11:15 AM Peyton Place (1957)

Friday, March 31
4:00 AM Stella Dallas (1937)
7:00 PM Pscyho (1960)
9:00 PM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

Saturday, April 1
1:00 AM What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
3:15 AM Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Happy Valentine's Day 2023

St. Valentine's Day is traditionally day for sweethearts to celebrate their love. Here at A Shroud of Thoughts we realize that not everyone has a sweetheart. In that case, maybe they can choose from one of the lovely ladies below as a virtual sweetheart. Here are this years Valentine's pinups.

Betty Grable is playing Cupid!

Lynn Merick is reminding us of what day it is.

Barbara Bates is waiting for her sweetie on a swing.

Anne Jeffreys is making her own Valentine.

Betty Hutton is enjoying chocolates from her sweetie.

And here's Ann Miller with a Valentine for you.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2023

The Flaming Hot...Five Reasons Why Tag

Many years ago Ruth of Silver Screenings and Maedez of A Small Press Life held the "Reel Infatuation Blogathon," wherein one wrote about their big screen crushes. It was a few years ago that Gill of RealweegieMidget Reviews and Cat from Thoughts All Sorts, drawing inspiration from the "Reel Infatuation Blogathon," came up with the "Five Flaming Hotties" tag, in which one wrote about five of their on-screen crushes. Last year Gill and Cat came up with a variation on this tag, in which one not only lists five of their crushes, but five reasons why they are crush-worthy. It is this final "Flaming Hot...Five Reasons Why" tag that this post deals with.

Without further ado, then, here are the rules from Gill and Cat...

1. You must add the name of the blog that tagged you AND those of the Thoughts All Sorts and Realweegiemidget Reviews with links to ALL these sites.. and use the natty cat themed picture promoting this post. This picture is found later in this post…
2. List 5 of your all-time swoon-worthy characters from TV or Film ie crushes/objects of your affection. And also do mention the actor or actress who plays them, as you might like James Bond as played by Timothy Dalton and no one else.. etc etc
3. Link to 10 other bloggers.
4. Add lovely pictures, gifs or videos of those you selected.
5. If you don’t have a blog (or don’t have time to write a post) join in with your choices on Twitter with this #5TheFlamingHot5ReasonsWhy Tag and tag @realweegiemidge and @Thoughtsallsort  and the person who tagged you in your tweet.
6. Oh…and post these rules.

And now for my five Flaming Hotties. It will probably come as no surprise to many of you that four of my five hotties are played by the same actress. Vanessa Marquez was both my dearest friend and the girl of my dreams. I had a crush on Wendy on ER when the show first aired, years before I ever met Vanessa. And to be honest, characters played by her could have filled all five spots, but I could not think of five reasons why for the receptionist at the Cuban mission at the United Nations in the Seinfeld episode "The Cheever Letters," beyond she's pretty (of course, she is--she's played by Vanessa) and has a sexy voice (of course, she does--she's played by Vanessa). Despite "The Cheever Letters" being one of the most popular things Vanessa ever appeared in, she's only in it for about two minutes!  Anyhow, here are my five Flaming Hotties.

Nurse Wendy Goldman (Vanessa Marquez) from ER

Hottie's Story:
In the first season Wendy was a student nurse in the emergency room of County General Hospital in Chicago. In the second and third seasons she appears to be a full-fledged nurse.

5 Reasons Why

1. Wendy was very intelligent. In "Luck of the Draw" she corrects Dr. Lewis when she instructs Wendy to give a patient 350 milligrams of dopamine instead of 350 micrograms. Even as a student nurse, Wendy already knew a good deal about medicine.
2. Wendy was very sweet and very caring. She showed concern for her patients as well as her fellow employees. In "Make of Two Hearts" she holds a train victim's hand, only to have her had broken by the patient.  In "Night Shift" she expresses concern for Dr. Weaver after a clock falls off  the wall and hits Weaver in the head.
3.  Wendy could bake and make candy. In "Hell and High Water" she baked cookies and in ""No Brain, No Gain" she made salt water taffy. Not only was Wendy sweet, but she liked making sweet things.
4, Wendy has a good sense of humour and enjoys having fun. In "Blizzard," when the ER is slow, she rollerblades through the hospital. In "Hell and High Water" she appears to be very good at the video game Doom. She almost always takes part in desk clerk Jerry's (Abraham Benrubi) antics.
5, Wendy appears to be a classic film buff. In "Last Call" she describes a friend of a patient as  a combination of Dennis Quaid, Robert Redford, and James Dean. Of course, Vanessa was a classic movie fan in real life and one of the original members of TCMParty, the group of fans who live tweet to movies on TCM using that hashtag.

Wanda Hernandez (Vanessa Marquez) from Fire & Ice (2001)

Hottie's Story: Wanda Hernandez is an employee at Holly Aimes (Lark Voorhies) and Pam Moore's (Tempest Bledsoe) high-tech security firm. According to the book upon which the BET television movie was based, Wanda was the firm's head technician.

5. Reasons Why

1. Wanda would have to be reasonably intelligent to be a technician at a high tech security firm. Indeed, in the film she accompanies Holly when they visit the home of Michael Williams to find out why his alarms are constantly going off. Here I must say it is a bit amusing that Vanessa played a technician at a security firm. Although she was very intelligent, in real life Vanessa was not particularly adept with technology. I had to walk her through things related to technology more than once.
2. Wanda is a romantic. Along with Pam she seems to be determined for Holly to get together with Michael.
3. She has a very good sense of humour, and along with Pam provides much of the humour in the film.
4. She looks really good in sweaters and skirts. Sweaters seem to be her favourite thing to wear.
5. She has a very sexy, very feminine voice.

Violetta (Vanessa Marquez) in State of Emergency (1994)

Hottie's Story: Violetta is the radiologist in an emergency room at a hospital in an unnamed city in the HBO movie State of Emergency.

5 Reasons Why

1. As a radiologist Violetta is both educated and intelligent. Not only would she have to had attended several years of college to become a radiologist, but she would have had to pass exams to do so too.
2. Violetta shows real concern for her patients, even when her own patience is being tested (in the movie the CAT scan at the hospital is broken down).
3. Violetta works very well with the doctors at the hospital, even when she is having to deal with a broken CAT scan. She seems fairly relaxed even when things are going wrong.
4. Violetta has incredible, long, brown, curly hair.
5. She has a very sexy, very feminine voice.

Janice Ramos (Vanessa Marquez) on Malcolm & Eddie

Hottie's Story: Janice is a cocktail waitress at the Fifty/Fifty Club owned by Malcolm McGee (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) and Eddie Sherman (Eddie Griffin)

5 Reasons Why

1. Janice will stand up for her friends and employers. When the employees of the Fifty/Fifty Club go on strike, Malcolm and Eddie's use of scabs goes so badly that the customers riot. When the Fifty/Fifty Club employees realize the club is being torn apart, Janice is the first one to jump into the fray in an attempt to stop the riot.
2. Janice is very sweet. When Malcolm and Eddie announce that the prize for the Employee of the Week has been cut from $100 to $50 the other employees complain, but Janice says that she thinks $50 is enough.
3. Janice is a very good worker. She wins the Employee of the Week prize, although admittedly part of that may be because she was fine with winning $50 instead of $100.
4. Janice has gorgeous, long dark hair.
5.  Janice has a very sexy, very feminine voice (I know you might be tired of that one, but I loved Vanessa's voice).

Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) on The Avengers

Hottie's Story: Emma Peel was born Emma Knight, the daughter of industrialist Sir John Knight. When Sir John died, she took over control of Knight Industries. She married test pilot Peter Peel, who was later presumed dead in a plane crash. Sometime after Peter Peel's disappearance, she joined John Steed (Patrick Macnee) in his ongoing battle against the various diabolical masterminds who threatened Britain and the world.

5 Reasons Why

1. Mrs. Peel is very intelligent, able to grasp everything from literary references to scientific principles. This comes in useful given the nature of the opponents she and Steed usually face.
2. She is self-sufficient and in no need of a man to come to her rescue her. More often than not she extricates herself from situations rather than have Steed save her.
3. She is a skilled combatant who knows karate, kung fu, fencing, and a good number of other martial arts. She can easily take out multiple opponents, even when they are men larger than her.
4. She has impeccable fashion sense. Mrs. Peel was on the cutting edge of fashion in the Sixties. This should come as no surprise, as her fashions were designed by such names as John Bates and Frederick Starke.
5. Emma Peel is loyal to her friends. At times she has to come to Steed's rescue, and the two work well together. It is little wonder Steed appears to be smitten with her.

About that whole nomination thing...

This tag is over a year old and I have to think most people who are inclined to do it have already done so. I am then going to say that if you haven't done it yet, then go ahead and do so!