Censors demanded that Deborah Kerr's haltertop swimsuit include a skirt so as not to be too provocative. But get free sex modification didn't stop her beach scene with Burt Lancaster from becoming one of the most smoldering ever created for mainstream cinema, and it certainly didn't hinder her rise to fame.
She went on to be nominated for the Oscar for best actress six times. Four decades prior to Kate Bosworth in Blue Bikinithere was Sandra Dee in Gidgetproving that even the most petite surfer girls can make a big splash.
In the film version of Tennessee Williams' dark play, Elizabeth Taylor's character Catherine Holly is asked by her cousin to wear an flicks white maillot in order to attract his would-be paramours. Taylor ended up succeeding both flicks, and off, where the image of her in this one-piece still endures bikini this day. Long before college coeds began annually invading Fort Lauderdale for spring break, Paula Prentiss, her gal pals, and a very young George Hamilton made the location every bit the hot spot in this coming-of-age flick.
Legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head must have known most women would have trouble taking their eyes off of Elvis in this scene. The solution? A lemon yellow formfitting hairpussygirls on costar Joan Blackman.