A lovely PBS animated interview with Meryl Streep on her uncomfortable relationship with fashion and Hollywood’s beauty standards for women:
I went up for King Kong. I remember that. Jessica Lang’s part. Dino De Laurentiis, he was sitting there. He was meeting all these girls. I came in. I had really tried to look nice. His son was sitting in the room, and Dino spoke to him in Italian. I know Italian, studied Italian. So he said, “Why do you send me this pig. This woman, she is so ugly…So I looked at him and I said, “brutta”…“I’m very sorry that I disappoint you”. He was so used to treating girls like bimbos. Of course, he would never imagine that a blond person would speak Italian.
Graphic novels emerged in the 1920s in Europe, so Bochořáková-Dittrichová was among the first writers, period, to turn to graphic narration. Little is known of the female trailblazer who passed away in 1980, but an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is aiming to change that.