So much attention is heaped upon celebrities who entertain small minds with idiotic behavior and tacky stunts that I wanted to devote today’s entry to women who are not only beautiful, but also classy, women you could sit down and have a conversation with, without the nagging urge to douse every surface with Lysol after they hobbled off.
I’ve seen this woman in movies and read interviews with her, and I am still impressed. Instead of revelling in brandishing her crotch to the paparazzi, a la Britney, she has a brain, and she uses it. She has turned down roles because of the gratuitious nudity of the character, and she has stated she takes pride in being a good role model for young girls. It’s sad this is so rare in Hollywood, but I appreciate her intelligence and maturity.
Also, because of this: The son of one of her stunt doubles, Jeannie Epper, told his classmates that his mother was Lynda’s stunt double on the series “Wonder Woman” (1976), but they didn’t believe him, not even after he showed them a picture of his mother in the Wonder Woman costume from the set. When Lynda herself found out about this, she invited the boy’s class to the set so they could see Jeannie herself in action (source: IMDB).
Ms. Judd is one of the only celebrities who actually impressed me in an interview instead of prompting me to roll my eyes or cringe in pain. She is outspoken, smart, and strong. According to IMDB, she turned down a larger role in Kuffs (1992) because she was asked to do nude scenes. She responded, “My mother worked too hard for me to take my clothes off in my first movie.” She is a self-proclaimed feminist, and she has modeled her “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirt for the Ms. Foundation and Ms. Online (ms.magazine.com), as have Whoopi Goldberg, Camryn Manheim and Margaret Cho.
Who else should make the list? What other celebrities buck the trend by being classy and intelligent?