- Good actress
- Bad actress
- Pretty for the camera
- I don't know who she is
Most Helpful Girl
She was more intelligent and talented than her studio ever let her show on camera. She was always cast as the dumb sex object and she was very frustrated with her limitations in that way. She actually had a high IQ and that just goes to show the way women were treated back then. She was never given the chance to be herself or have more complex roles and she was paid far less than her male co-stars. They basically told her "You will always play the bimbo and you have to accept that, we don't care how smart you actually are because men like dumb girls and you need to sell to the audience". I think she achieved as much as she could given her restrictions. But it takes a skilled actress to convince the entire world you are this clueless bimbo when you are not. She was forced to take on a whole different persona that was the opposite of who she really was.
Most Helpful Guy
Onscreen she was a "ditzy" blond. Off screen she was quite intelligent. She had a rough childhood, but broke out of it and made a name for herself on the screen. She became typecast and was pretty much stuck with that, even showing that persona when making public appearances. But people who actually knew her all agreed that she was very intelligent and not "ditzy"
For a good overview, see www.huffingtonpost.com/.../...egacy_n_7481676.html