gildaStep 3: The Make or Break Dress

If you’re planning a comeback as a Hollywood siren, you’re going to need a helluva dress. The kind of dress that makes a fella’s jaw drop to the ground and his tongue roll out like a red carpet, ready for you to walk all over.

Rita Hayworth was unforgettable in the 1946 film Gilda. She may have been a boozy floozy but when she took to the floor in that ebony gown and matching opera gloves with just a hint of striptease, audiences were spellbound.

Marilyn Monroe graced several breathtaking dresses throughout her career, including the shocking pink dress worn by the star whilst teasing diamonds out of men in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and the notorious white sundress she wore whilst enjoying the breeze from the subway in The Seven Year Itch (1955).

Step 4: The Memorable Line

Every great Hollywood love story is synonymous with an infamous line so powerful we go weak at the knees just hearing it, having anticipated it throughout watching the entire film. A memorable line adds to the thrill and charisma of any half-baked love affair.

When a demure Ingrid Berman sets foot in a very specific bar in the timeless Casablanca (1942) a haunted Humphrey Bogart soliloquizes “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine”. Or more famous still, and often imitated beautifully by my late Granddad, a fervent fan of the golden age of Hollywood, when the lovers reach their tragic final parting; “Here’s looking at you kid.”

Step 5: The Fateful Obstacle

We all love the thrill of the chase but in typical Hollywood fashion, any authentic Hollywood love affair will require a more dramatic dilemma for grief-stricken lovers to overcome. Now here’s a pickle: imagine finding yourself on the verge of certain death, separated from your beloved by an entire universe in which you never existed. Hmm, Tricky.

It’s a Wonderful Life is possibly one of the most heart-warming cinema classics ever created- that’s why they put it on at Christmas. After narrowly avoiding his death, George Bailey, played by James Stewart, is reunited with his family and loving wife, which he now, thanks to the previously mentioned obstacle, fully appreciates. So there you have it. What doesn’t kill you will make you’re relationship stronger. Literally.

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  1. Rocketblast

    Loved this piece! Ah, if only real life was like that, and if only I looked like Rita Hayworth…