WEIRDLAND: Sexy femme-fatale Olivia Wilde separates from husband, more femme fatales

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sexy femme-fatale Olivia Wilde separates from husband, more femme fatales

Jake Gyllenhaal and Olivia Wilde in Vanity Fair, March 2011 issue

"I'm a natural blonde, but I feel like a brunette. I feel like people treat me now how I should be treated. People used to be shocked, when I was blond, that I wasn't stupid. I used to get these comments that I swear people thought were compliments. Like, 'Oh! You're smart!' -Olivia Wilde

"Olivia Wilde's husband, handsome Italian prince Tao Ruspoli, wasn't by her side when she glittered in a dazzling Marchesa gown at last month's Golden Globe awards -- or when she hit the red carpet for December's premiere of box office smash Tron: Legacy.
And now the world knows why: The couple have separated after eight years of marriage, a rep for Wilde, 26, told Tuesday.

"They have been separated for a while," one insider explains of the pair.
"It was Olivia's decision...for the typical Hollywood reasons," another source close to Wilde tells Us. "Her career has exploded and she saw being married is not as much fun. She feels she missed out on being single getting married so young, and wants to sow her wild oats."
Continues the pal of Wilde, who has about half a dozen film roles on her plate (including this year's Cowboys and Aliens with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell): "She is a hot property now ... it was weighing her down being married."
Her estranged husband, meanwhile, "is heartbroken and really wanted to stay together." Source:

"Until recently, dual Irish-American citizen Olivia Wilde had been known mainly for her sultry roles on screens big and small—such seductively mixed-up characters as Alex Kelly, Mischa Barton's lesbian love interest on The O.C., doomed femme fatale Thirteen (aka Dr. Remy Hadley) on House" Source:

"When we originally started putting together ideas for her, it was really up for grabs because Quorra, of course, was not in the original film. And Joe Kosinski was very interested in making her a unique and unusual femme – not even femme fatale, a female heroine, in this type of film that was unlike any other. And so we worked very hard to make her very intelligent and powerful but at the same time childlike and nuanced so that she would not just be there as a kind of foil for the men, not just the eye candy. She could have very easily I think with a different team, that character could have easily turned into the temptress of the Tron world. She could’ve just been this sexy femme fatale. With a suit like that it’s easy to fall into that I think". Source:

More modern and classic actresses in femme-fatale postures:
Shannyn Sossamon in Hook and Line, January 2011
Shannyn Sossamon in "Wild" magazine, November 2010
Shannyn Sossamon

Kristen Stewart in Elle magazine photoshoot

Amber Heard
Malin Akerman
Mischa Barton
Nicole Kidman
Winona Ryder
Carey Mulligan
Natalie Portman
Mila Kunis
Dakota Fanning
Megan Fox
Kirsten Dunst
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Vanessa Paradis
Angie Everhart
Gene Tierney
Lauren BacallClaire TrevorMarilyn Monroe
Martha Vickers
Dorothy Malone
Lizabeth Scott
Barbara Stanwyck

Elizabeth K. Menon in her book "Evil by Design: The Creation and Marketing of the Femme Fatale" argues that all these images of the “femme au pantin” represent men’s uneasy reactions to the expansion of the women’s movement. Menon tends to write about these “high-profile feminist activists” and “supremely independent women” as if they were all interchangeable – her introduction links “amazones, filles d’Eve, and the femme fatale” with feminists, while chapter seven, “Depopulation Demons”, equates the figures of the “bas bleu” (p. 206), the “femme de lettres” (pp. 204, 207), the “femme en culottes” (p. 207), the “femme de demain” (p. 207), the Vésuviennes of 1848 (p. 207), the Pétroleuses of 1871 (p. 207), and the “femme-garcon” of 1872 (pp. 207-211).

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