Women With Something To Say: Lynne Ramsay

Women With Something To Say: Lynne Ramsay

Charlotte Prichard, 3 March 2014

Hooray, it's Oscars night! We don't know about you, but we'll be settling down with a box of popcorn and providing our own hilarious (or so we tell ourselves) commentary on the glamorous proceedings long into the small hours. As part of our Women With Something To Say series, we asked director, producer and cinematographer Lynne Ramsay to share her favourite silver screen heroines with us. Lynne's work has a very special place in Tatty Devine's heart. Back in 1999, Rosie went to see Lynne's debut film, Ratcatcher, at the Brunswick centre. On the way home, Rosie bought the millennium edition of Vogue, which had one of our first ever pieces of press in it! We'd like to think that Lynne's favourite leading ladies would be Tatty Devine fans, so we designed a Name Necklace for each actress. Forget Angelina, get to know some of Hollywood's most inspiring screen stars now: When you mention the name 'Tallulah' in Hollywood, there's no confusion about who you're referring to! Alabama born Tallulah Bankhead made her first appearance in the movies at fifteen years old after winning a magazine competition and promptly convinced her family to let her move to New York City. Bit parts followed, but it was her move to Britain in 1923 that really cemented her star status. An eight year long stint on the London stage turned Tallulah into a sensation, with teenage girls worshipping the witty, stylish actress. They waited outside theatres for days before the opening of her latest play and Tallulah lavished them with attention, signing autographs and often inviting them for tea. Certain members of London society were scandalised by her wild sense of humour, but Tallulah wouldn't change for anyone and tales of her saucy antics were the talk of the town for years. As she put it herself, "It's the good girls who keep the diaries. The bad girls never have the time." The next time you see Miley Cyrus twerking in latex hot pants, think of Hollywood's very first sex symbol, the silent movie star Theda Bara. Nicknamed “The Wickedest Woman in the World”, “The Devil’s Handmaiden,” and “The Priestess of Sin" by fan magazines, Theda was famous for her vampish roles - and playing up to her scandalous image in real life too. Rumours circulated of occultism. Theda flew in the face of Victorian ideas of female sexuality - she was a powerful, confident and alluring. As she said, "The reason good women like me and flock to my pictures is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman..." Clara Bow wasn't your average movie star. The unconventional beauty took on tomboy roles and even posed as a boxer in promotional photos, making serious waves with the press and film goers. Clara's heady mix of alluring looks and androgynous style helped make her a Hollywood sensation - and an eternal style icon. Just check out those doe eyes and that bobbed hair! As she said, "I'm a curiosity in Hollywood. I'm a big freak because I'm myself." Thank you for sharing your favourite actresses with us, Lynne! Psst! We're giving you 15% off your Name Necklace or Speech Bubble Necklace online and in store for 24 hours only! Spell out your name in lights (err, make that glitter Perspex) or pick your favourite quote from blockbuster or indie movie. The choice is yours...

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