Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Cinema Sweethearts - Juicy Jessica

"I'm not bad ... I'm just drawn that way"

Jessica Rabbit is a fictional character created by author Gary Wolf for his humorous novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit?  In the book, she was a calendar pin-up and porn comic character who was obsessed over her estranged husband, comic strip star Roger Rabbit.   

The character was later used for the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, loosely based on Wolf's book.

She is re-imagined in the film as a sultry human (Rabbit being merely her husband's surname) cartoon singer at a fictional Los Angeles supper club called 'The Ink and Paint Club'. Here, she is one of several suspects in the framing of her husband, who is a famous cartoon star. She is voiced by actress Kathleen Turner, who went uncredited in the film but not in the animated shorts that followed in the movie's success.

Many film buffs label Jessica Rabbit a "Frankenstein of film goddesses": with a Lauren Bacall-ish speaking voice, Betty Grable's legs, Marilyn Monroe's torso and buttocks, Jayne Mansfield's breasts, Veronica Lake's hairstyle, Rita Hayworth's hair color, Marlene Dietrich's eyes, and a Judy Garland-like singing voice.

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