"The popular idea of a vamp is a long, slinky woman with black bandolined hair, a bare back and many jewels. And the screen formula for corralling a man is a look into his eyes, a shrug and a slow heave. Whether people believe such things exist, I do not know, but I do know they like to see them.” — Madeline Hurlock, former Sennett Bathing Beauty, who excelled as a comic vamp. Her quote came from a 1924 interview.
Here she is in front of the Ambassador Hotel, taken in the mid to late 1920s. It’s one of my all-time favorite photos.