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(From Canberra Times)
R EESE WITHERSPOON achieved stardom by playing a blonde who was not as stupid as she looked. Now, in Mira Nair's rumbustious adaptation of Vanity Fair, she gets to play a blonde who is every bit as intelligent as she looks. This is progress in Hollywood.
It's difficult not to read Elle Woods, the prom queen turned legal ace of Legally Blonde, as a from-the- heart statement about the way blondes tend to get typecast in dithery roles. And by taking on the role of Thackeray's seductive social climber Becky Sharp, surely Witherspoon is making a tongue-in-cheek comment on the way that she is perceived in the media: blonde, aggressively ambitious, and a little hard-edged.
Waiting for the actress to show up for her interview appointment I keep thinking back to …