vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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For women, a 'Wonder'-ful weekend at the box office

This just in from Hollywood Heaven, as we break in on a conversation between Carole Lombard and Ginger Rogers:

Lombard: Hey, Ginger, did you just get the news? We're super at the box office! Well, not us specifically, but--
Rogers: Just what are you talking about? I mean, I'm glad UCLA restored your "I Take This Woman" with Gary Cooper, in a 35mm print no less.
Lombard: I meant "we" in terms of women. It's just been reported that "Wonder Woman" is going to pass the $100 million mark this weekend, a record for both a female superhero film and any movie with a female director. Look at my laptop...
(Carole shows Ginger http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-entertainment-news-updates-june-with-100-million-wonder-woman-is-1496587289-htmlstory.html)
Lombard: How about that?
Rogers: Terrific! Back when I left Earth in 1995, the superhero stuff was beginning to take over -- that's all Hollywood seems to make now.
Lombard: Alas. But now our gender's finally getting in on the action. Trying to imagine myself in that outfit Gal Godot wears...

Rogers: And I recall Lynda Carter playing her on TV. Lynda's a fine singer, by the way.

(An off-key rendition of "I Am Woman" is heard in the background.)
Lombard: Jeez, I know who that is -- she makes my singing sound like Connie Boswell's. Hey, Jean!
(Jean Harlow sits and joins them.)

Rogers: So you heard the news?
Harlow: I most certainly did! Heck, once they found out, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Miriam Hopkins stopped arguing with each other and applauded.
Lombard: Takes something special for them to do that. Now as you know, I've been a feminist for quite some time...

Rogers: As have I...

Harlow: And I.

(Editor's note: The Lombard article, from Photoplay in June 1937, ran in http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/111181.html, Rogers' comments ran in http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/461080.html, and Harlow's ran in http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/456775.html.)

Lombard: Let's hope this leads to more opportunities for women not only to direct -- looking back, it's weird to think I never made a film for a female director -- but to star in heroic roles. Like those Powerpuff Girls, we too can save the day!

(Carole snaps her fingers, three drink-filled glasses magically appear in the hands of her, Ginger and Jean, and all raise them in a toast.)

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