|SOPHIA LOREN GIVING JAYNE MANSFIELD SIDE-EYE|
is the best side-eye in the history of side-eye.
As anyone who knows me or who has read this blog ... or who has even brushed by me in a hallway and felt the cold hoary frost snatch at their soul ... knows, I am a big fan of the bitchiness. I generally think it is a dish best served verbally, and scalding hot, but there are a select few of my sisters who can deliver a lashing using nothing more than a goddam facial expression. And I'm not talking about that stupid eyeball roll teenagers invented. I'm talking about side-eye.
It's a tricky technique, one in which subtlety must be perfectly balanced with disdain, yet when done properly it is more stinging than a slap. No one has ever delivered side-eye quite like Italian screen legend Sophia Loren, in fact she very well might have invented it. This 1957 photo of her side-eyeing the hell out of Jayne Mansfield has always been one of my favourites, but now that she has revealed the story behind it I love it even more. Sophia Loren is in the house, bitches! BOW DOWN!
Via US Magazine:
Paramount had organized a star-studded party to welcome newcomer Sophia Loren.And now, in vastly inferior-celebrity news:
"And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come," Loren said. "For me, that was when it got amazing…. She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely… Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes?
"I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate! In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow — BOOM! — and spill all over the table!"
Though the two shared some laughs that evening, Loren recalled how she was unable to pry her eyes from Mansfield's risque ensemble.
"There may be other photos, but this is the picture," she said. "This is the one that shows how it was."
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