In the most recent episode of the PBS animated series “Blank on Blank“, the incomparable Meryl Streep discusses the concept of beauty in a 2008 interview conducted by journalist Christine Spines.
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.