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I was not beyond copying a few male-impressing pointers from an expert. And who could be a better expert than a femme fatale on the big screen? Much to the amusement of the male population, my attention getting techniques didn’t tend to translate well from the movies to moi.
Damn Yankees was the second feature at the Dix drive-in during the summer of 1959, when I turned nine. Gwen Verdon became my first movie star idol.
Lola’s sexy song and dance of seduction impressed me as a sure boyfriend-getter. It’s amazing how much can be retained after one viewing.
For weeks I sang, “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets, and little man, little Lola wants you …” I repeated many of her come-hither dance steps, becoming especially skilled at hunching over with arms hung straight down and sashaying over to my target. For extra measure, I substituted ‘Mary’ for ‘Lola’.
No boys followed me like the Pied Piper. They didn’t want to find out what Mary wanted.
Other temptresses came and went without improving my marketability; Gidget, Annette, Morticia, etc. But the actress with the best idea for knocking the socks off some unsuspecting guy was Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.
I wanted to be Cleopatra from the moment I saw her get rolled out of a carpet. What a great idea. It surpassed Gwen’s sexy dance. What could be a more romantic surprise for a future beau than having me rolled out of a rug at his feet?
I never did make my grand rolling entrance, but I did continue trying to snag boys with my impressive tricks and stunts.
Lesson learned: Various sexy scenes on television and the movies should come with a “Don’t try this at home” warning.
Now it’s your turn: What actions did you emulate from the screen?
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