The great wit, Dorothy Parker, once said that men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses. This saying must have struck a chord in society because it was rephrased in the film, How to Marry a Millionaire, where Marilyn Monroe famously refuses to wear her glasses, leading to lots of nearsighted hilarity.
Luckily, thanks to the advent of designer glasses, the world has moved on since the fifties. There are thousands of designer spectacles available to choose from. They are so well designed nowadays that they’re a major accessory for leading ladies and gents in some of the latest movies and TV shows.
For example, Jessica Collins regularly appears in the CBS show, The Young And The Restless, wearing heavy framed black glasses. And the smash hit show, The Big Bang Theory, has the ultra intelligent neuro-biologist, Amy Farrah Fowler, wearing a similar style.
Glasses are also likely to play a starring role in Woody Allen’s 2012 film, Nero Fiddled. In this historical comedy, Woody Allen, who is almost as famous for his spectacles as his movies, plays Mark Lovegood. But we’ll need to wait till summer to find out whether girls make passes at men who wear glasses.
Harry Potter is one of the most successful movie series of all time and Harry is renowned for his round glasses. In the final episode, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, despite being a hugely powerful wizard, Harry still relies on his glasses. It’s rumoured that the actor who plays Harry, Daniel Radcliffe, managed to get through 160 pairs of specs during filming.
Super heroes may not be famous for wearing glasses, but their human alter-egos certainly are. Amazingly, no one recognises the bespectacled Clark Kent when he whips off his glasses, ruffles his comb-over hairdo and reappears as Superman. Even Lois Lane, who gets really close up and personal, fails to spot that the object of her desires is really the modest chap from the office. And movie-goers happily suspend disbelief again when Peter Parker loses the specs to become Spiderman.
Glasses have even made an appearance at the Oscars 2012, with a number of winners turning up to collect their statues sporting designer specs. Michel Hazanavicius’ film, The Artist, took a total of five Oscars and he arrived wearing black retro frames to pick up Best Director and Best Picture awards. Gary Oldman was similarly attired when representing Tinker Tailor at the BAFTAs.
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