A major, but frequently overlooked ingredient that contributed to the glamorous image of Hollywood’s greatest stars were their voices.
Under the studio system, actors were given rigorous voice training. They were taught to enunciate clearly, and how to emphasize certain words in order to give better line readings. They were drilled on how to breathe in order to speak their dialogue with confidence and ease.
Director Howard Hawks did not hesitate to make Lauren Bacall stand on a Malibu cliff and scream at the waves until her voice was raw and hoarse. He felt, correctly, that a deep, smoky voice on a female was, well, sexy.
Cary Grant’s unidentifiable British accent was his invention. Jimmy Stewart’s aw shucks diction cannot be duplicated. Clark Gable’s voice was like an oboe, irresistible to the public. When Garbo spoke in her first talkie, audiences thrilled at her raspy, sensual register. Bette Davis perfected a clipped, bitchy faux British accent. Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck and Irene Dunne were all masters of delivering machine gun comedy dialogue with pear-shaped tones. In Vertigo, Hitchcock’s greatest film, Kim Novak’s smoky voice is the secret to her haunting performance.
If you study the B movies of the era, they all have one thing in common: the lead actors do not have memorable voices. The women’s tones are too high, and the men’s diction is flat and unremarkable.
Watching and listening to Republican candidate Carly Fiorina is something of a revelation.
She is, first of all, clear and direct when answering questions. I’ve chosen the interview with Bill O’Reilly because the clip demonstrates her superior rhetorical skills, and her appealing delivery, which verges at times on seductive.
Besides being a woman, it is her razor sharp diction and musical tone of voice that sets her apart from every other candidate in the Republican field.
In Hollywood lingo, Carly has glamour.
In the political arena, this translates into charisma. Carly is a candidate who can articulate a clear Conservative political message that will resonate with all Republicans. But even more crucially, her beautifully articulated ideas will, we believe, appeal to Independents, that segment of voters who, ultimately, decide elections in the modern era.