Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Hollywood foot fetish: Nothing new
D.W. Griffith (Birth of a Nation) is regarded by many as the founding father of American cinema but according to revelations in"Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers: What Your Teachers Never Told You About The World's Greatest Directors" (Quirk Books) he was a racist. Not only that he was a crurofile and had a leg fetish. D W Griffiths sponsored a beauty contest for feet and ankles with the first prize a 6 month film contract. The runner up was a pretty girl trying to break into the industry. Joan Crawford was her name, and her prize was a pair of made to measure shoes. Epic director Cecil B. DeMille ("The Ten Commandments") had a foot fetish and was the primary instigator in stars leaving footprints outside Sid Grauman's Chinese theater. Never one for buying one pair when she could have seventy pairs at a time, Greta Garbo like Emelda Marcus had obsessive compulsive disorder and collected shoes. Gloria Swanson was an altocalciphile (she had a heel fetish) and once had a pair of shoes made with corkscrew heels studded with imitation pearls to fit her beautiful feet.