Salma Hayek – Golden Globes, Jan. 5, 2020. Bonus: career highlights compilation.

And a gallery.

Somehow I left Salma off my “hot at 50” list. Mea maxima culpa.

So the list to-date is: Halle Berry, Jennifer Beals, Salma Hayek, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Angie Everhart, J-Lo, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Lucy Lawless, Cindy Crawford, Christie Brinkley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shania Twain, Courteney Cox, Marisa Tomei, Bridget Fonda, Monica Bellucci, Mary-Louise Parker, Ming-Na Wen, Elisabeth Shue, and Rachel Griffiths. (Heather actually will turn 50 later this month.)

Have I made any other egregious omissions?

The imaging legend that is Brainscan assembled these looks at Sarah Miles in The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing

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The “man” in the title was played by Burt Reynolds, who is probably best remembered as a loquacious man, quick with a quip. Uncharacteristically, he plays it completely straight here as a humorless, laconic cowboy. It seems that this cowboy, Jay Grobart by name, will do anything to reclaim his half-Shoshone children who were cared for by their mother’s tribe while Jay was in prison for murdering the man who raped and killed his wife, the titular Cat Dancing.

As the story begins, Jay has turned into a train robber who needs a suitable amount of money to repay the Shoshone man who has been caring for the two parentless children. As Jay and his gang make their escape from a highly lucrative heist ($100,000 – roughly equivalent to $2 million 2014 dollars. What a train!), they stumble upon a cultured, somewhat prissy housewife named Katherine Crocker (Sarah Miles), who is running away from her wealthy but cruel husband, a dandy who happens to sport a helluva salon tan, since the actor playing him is George Hamilton.

Sarah Miles alone was sufficient to make any film shoot interesting, as much for her antics off-screen as on. You probably know about her extracurricular hanky-panky with Kris Kristofferson while filming a movie called The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea in 1976. They enjoyed their sex scenes in that movie so much that they staged some additional ones for a Playboy pictorial. Kristofferson’s wife, Rita Coolidge, was not impressed by their devotion to the craft. Sarah engaged in similar shenanigans on the set of Cat Dancing. During the shoot, her personal assistant and secret lover, David Whiting, was found dead in his hotel room under mysterious circumstances. The resulting investigation and the attendant publicity served to expose the affair between the actress and her assistant, which ultimately broke the back of her marriage to Robert Bolt, a highly respected playwright (A Man for All Seasons) and screenwriter (Lawrence of Arabia).

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