I’m assuming it’s windy out: Andrew Ian Dodge is offering a Gale Carnival of the Vanities this week, the 394th in the series.

Then again, who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. I, however, will toss up something you can see: this vintage (not sure of the year) semi-glam shot of Gale Sondergaard, who was tested for the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, but decided not to take it, reportedly because she feared the makeup it would take to make her hideous on screen might actually make her hideous in real life. Margaret Hamilton wound up with the role of a lifetime, but Sondergaard managed to keep looking like this for a while:

Gale Sondergaard by the pool

To make this fit both the template and the post conceit, this photo has been resized to a width of 394 pixels. (Click to embiggen, though it’s still none too huge.)


  1. Charly »

    9 October 2010 · 10:45 am

    This is a great shot of Sondergarrd and the only cheesecake shot I’ve ever seen of her. I can’t swear to it, but I believe it was shot in 1937, when she was early in her studio contract.

  2. CGHill »

    9 October 2010 · 11:07 am

    I’ve seen only one other, in which she’s standing, and wearing a different swimsuit. It’s attributed to Never Say Die, a 1939 Bob Hope vehicle in which Sondergaard plays Bob’s fiancée, dumped when Bob, no thanks to a medical-records screwup, concludes he’s going to die and flees to Switzerland, where somehow he ends up with Martha Raye.

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