I see Paul's Miss Brake Special of 1951
, and raise him Most Glamorous Chassis of 1957, a title awarded to Hollywood star Debra Paget.
Actually, this seems to be another example of the weird thematic synchronicity that we've mentioned before
. Having worked on this blog together now for over a decade, the minds of Paul and I seem to have achieved a state of spooky quantum entanglement, in which, without any coordination at all, and separated by a distance of over 3000 miles, we will independently focus on similar subjects at the same time. So, as Paul was preparing his post about Miss Brake Special, I was simultaneously researching a post about Most Glamorous Chassis. I almost posted it yesterday.
Opelousas Daily World - Apr 11, 1957
Anyway, wikipedia notes
that in 1957 Paget was at the peak of her career, considered an A-list star, having appeared in The Ten Commandments
and headlined Love Me Tender
with Elvis Presley. But beginning in 1957 "Paget's career began to decline." Could it be mere coincidence that this was also the year she accepted the title of "Most Glamorous Chassis"?
Although what is arguably Paget's most famous performance was still before her — her snake dance scene in Fritz Lang's The Indian Tomb
(1959). Wikipedia says that the scene was "risque
(for the time)." I think it's still risque
even for 2020.