Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Interview with Author Julia Bricklin on America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith

Julia Bricklin's biography on America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith will be released on April 27, 2017. Julia has authored a dozen articles in both commercial and academic journals, including Civil War Times, Financial History, Wild West, True West and California History. She also spent several years contributing to Bricklin grew up in southern California, obtained a journalism degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and worked in the TV/film industry for fifteen years before obtaining her Master’s degree in history at California State University Northridge. In addition to serving as associate editor of California History, the publication of the California Historical Society, she lectures in history at a Southern California college. 

The following is an interview conducted with Julia Bricklin regarding her biography, America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith.   

Judith: Julia, I'm a history buff with a particular love of U.S. history; and I love the old west history and its mythology. Shockingly, I never heard of Lillian Smith. Where was she hiding in our romanticized old west past and how did you find her? 

Julia: I was surprised to find Lillian. People ask me all the time how I discovered her, and embarrassingly, I don’t remember. I must have been researching notable women in California history and somehow stumbled over her. What I do remember is being shocked that no one had written anything about her, except as a footnote to Annie Oakley’s story.

Judith: Once you discovered Lillian's story, what set you on the path to writing the magazine article (the original article on Lillian appeared in Wild West magazine in February, 2015) and eventually the biography?

Julia: The more I learned about Lillian, the more I felt a responsibility to tell her ‘real’ story. I wanted to see if I could pull all the disparate pieces of her life together into one complete, coherent story, and thought it best to try with a shorter version. Greg Lalire, editor at Wild West magazine, was gracious enough to consider my submission and published the article in its February, 2015 issue. By the time it was printed, however, I’d already started writing the book. I felt very strongly that she deserved to have a proper biography.

Judith: Both Lillian and Annie Oakley were part of the Wild West show business life, along with Buffalo Bill Cody. It's intriguing to think of their competitiveness. Was it anything like the feud world between the Golden Age of Hollywood's Joan Crawford and Bette Davis? Describe the relationship between Lillian and Annie.

Julia: Lillian Smith first met Annie Oakley when the former was only 15-years-old, in 1886. Buffalo Bill Cody discovered Smith at a Northern California shooting competition, and (no pun intended) was simply blown away by her talent. He signed her to his Wild West Show, and told newspapers that he had found a new sharpshooting star. The problem was, Cody already had a sharpshooting star, and much like studio heads are famous for doing in more contemporary times failed to smooth things over with Oakley before Smith’s arrival.

The rancor between Oakley and Smith only lasted for the eighteen months or so they were with Cody together. They occasionally took veiled swipes at each other in the press after 1888, but really, the newspapers made more of this feud than either of the women. I like to think of their time together as more like Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield than Crawford and Davis. Oakley was wiser, like Loren. Mansfield got on her nerves because she wore flashy clothing and sort of blundered onto the scene, at least, when she first started out in show business much like Lillian.

My book is factual, but I take some liberty near the end and briefly wonder what might have happened if Oakley and Smith had spent any time together near the end of their lives and swapped stories. They might have had more in common than they thought, and one could make an analogy between them and the feud between Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds complete with reconciliation. I’ll leave it to readers to decide who would be Taylor and who would be Reynolds! 

To sum, I believe Lillian thought she might be getting a colleague or an older sister type when she joined Buffalo Bill with Oakley, and probably had no idea (at first) how irritating and threatening she was to Oakley. She learned pretty quickly that they were not going to have a collegial relationship, and acted defensively like any teenager would. I guess that’s show biz! 

Judith: After all of the research into this world, did you consider doing an updated bio on Annie Oakley?

Julia: Never. Shirl Kasper and Glenda Riley have written definitive works on Oakley, and many others have written aspects of her life quite well. Wonderful staff such as Marilyn Robbins, Eileen Litchfield, and others at the Darke County Historical Society/National Annie Oakley Center helped me tremendously with documents pertaining to Oakley and Smith. No one knows Oakley better than those folks.

Judith: Julia, where does your love of history come from? Did you have a love affair with the Old West throughout your life or did this passion for this time period come about in recent years?

Julia: I don’t know where my love of history comes from exactly, but I do know that I was the quiet, reclusive kid growing up and retreated with books much of my day. Although, my father and I used to watch a ton of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne movies together. We'd watch reruns on the weekends!

Judith: You wrote the biography using family records, press accounts, interviews and other resources. What were the other resources? What was your research process? How did you find the family records?   

Julia: Smith did not diary her existence like Oakley and others did. This made things a bit difficult. I had to learn how to put myself in someone else’s shoes, and that “someone else” was born almost exactly 100 years before me. I had to turn to the people she knew during her lifetime, tracking down their own records, finding and interviewing their descendants, and turning to scholars of vaudeville and wild west entertainment.  

For example: I knew Lillian lived for a time in Los Banos, California. The wonderful people at the Ralph Milliken Museum in Los Banos found transcripts of oral interviews with pioneers of Los Banos. Those transcripts discussed the amazement of townspeople at the shooting abilities of a little girl in their midst. Never assume that if something is not online, it does not exist. 

Conversely, there are all kinds of digitized records out there now, and more are being added every day. For example, the University of Iowa Libraries has added Keith/Albee vaudeville records to their online presence. These records gave me a glimpse into Lillian and her then-husband’s earning ability in the early 1900s.

I can’t emphasize how important it is to master the art of snail mail. In so many situations, people called or wrote me back with their family history and/or records simply, because they were pleased to receive an actual paper letter. I would always follow up with a paper thank-you note. In a few cases, I was blessed to start long-term friendships with some of the families who had helped me. I could never have written this book without them. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude.  

Judith: Buffalo Bill Cody was a showman and obviously a wealthy one. When I read he offered a $10,000 prize to anyone who could challenge Lillian's shooting skills it made me think about what that amount would be valued at in today's dollars. He travelled with his troupe internationally as well as domestically.  What else did you learn studying this early show business entertainment group? 

Julia: Well, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody could sometimes be full of beans, and everybody knew it to some extent. At any given time, he could be flush or broke. I assumed he just made the $10,000 offer, because it was good press, but apparently he told colleagues that he would like to see people try to best her. Whether he would have actually handed that amount over to anyone for beating her well, we’ll never know. All we know is that no one claimed it.

Judith: Lillian reinvented herself as a Native American named Princess Wenona. What is the backstory behind this change? Why? This would of course be perceived as somewhat politically incorrect today. On the other hand, it would define contemporary times in the idea of being what you define yourself as. How do you see it? 

Julia: There were several things going on with this ethnic reinvention. My research has led me to conclude that transforming into Princess Wenona accomplished many things for Lillian. For starters, having a Native American identity (albeit one of a “rehabilitated” one who lived among whites) allowed her to play into the popular stereotypes of that time. Secondly, it allowed her to move around quite a bit better. Lil’s weight fluctuated up and down, and since she was wearing a tunic and not a tight Victorian dress, she could have the flexibility she needed to gallop on a horse and shoot. Third, this reinvention allowed Smith to differentiate herself from not only Oakley, but also an emerging class of “college–educated cowgirls,” like Lulu Parr and Theresa Russell. Last, but not least, I think Lillian’s reinvention as Wenona allowed her to keep her somewhat fluid romantic life a little more mysterious, and therefore immune from criticism that would have certainly have been aimed at her at this time. 

Judith: Where did Lillian learn how to be an expert rifle shot and trick rider? 

Julia: Lillian had tremendous innate ability, as evidenced by her shooting of game for fun when she was a tiny child living in Mono County, California, in the wilds on the border of California and Nevada. Her father was an excellent marksman and so was her older brother Charles. The family moved to Merced County when she was about 7 or 8. At that time, in the late 1870s, cattle barons Henry Miller and Charles Lux were able to reroute hundreds of miles of the San Joaquin River to irrigate farm and grazing land in the Central Valley of California. The problem for farmers was that geese, ducks, and other waterfowl would swoop down and eat all their seed. So, Miller and Lux hired Lillian’s father to kill these birds wholesale. Lillian traveled along these canals with her father and brother, and shoot alongside them.  

Judith: Julia, can you give us a brief personal life story of Lillian? What was her family life like? Did she have a great love in life? 

Julia: Lillian Frances Smith’s parents moved to California about ten years after the Gold Rush started. Her father, Levi, was a gifted carpenter and also an expert hunter. Lillian spent most of her childhood until age 10 in California’s Central Valley, in a small town on the San Joaquin River. After she had beaten most of the adults around her home town, Levi started entering her in competitions closer to the coast, such as those in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Gilroy, eventually making their way to San Francisco and Sacramento.  

After touring with Buffalo Bill for two years, Lillian came home and back to the stage-parent clutches of her father. The family toured the Western U.S., living off Lillian’s shooting prize money and opening galleries in some towns using Lil’s name as a branding tool. It was perhaps to get away from her controlling father that Lil married her first two husbands. Both of her marriages were short-lived; however, Frank Hafley, her third, was a serious love. By all accounts, the two were very much in love (at least initially) and were excellent business and travel partners. As a matter of fact, there’s no evidence they legally married.  

Smith and Hafley had a couple of their own traveling shows together, in between stints with Pawnee Bill’s Wild West and the 101 Ranch Wild West. Smith had short and longer term loves after her romantic relationship ended with Hafley, but I do not believe she had any that were nearly as healthy. They remained good friends and showbiz partners even when Hafley married a cowgirl who worked with both of them.  

Smith’s last paramour, Western painter Emil Lenders, was sort of a relationship of convenience. They were attracted to one another and worked reasonably well together, but they made some poor money decisions. Both desired a certain amount of wanderlust in their life, and each was happy to give it to the other partner. That relationship ended a few years before Lillian died in 1930. Lenders eventually took up with another woman and married her, though many accounts indicate she was perfectly happy with this outcome, because she got to keep their animals. 

Judith: Julia, do you have a favorite era of U.S. history?  

Julia: I’ve always gravitated toward the history of the United States in the 1880s, because it was such a divergent time. The East coast was grappling with cities bursting at their seams and all of the issues that come with trusts, robber barons and immigration. At the same time, people were desperately seeking land and new opportunities in the West as the frontier was rapidly closing. It's an interesting juxtaposition for me.  

Judith: Who are your personal favorite characters from the short period of history defined as the old west? 

Julia: There are so many to choose from and so many flawed ones. Of course, so many people of color are completely left out of histories of the West, but I think lawman and gambler Bat Masterson was an interesting fellow. 

Judith: Do you have a favorite western film? 

Julia: My favorite western film is The Sons of Katie Elder, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. I get a lot of eye rolls for this one, but I think there’s something primal about a bunch of kids who want to do right by their mother. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking about my own kids. In any case, I’ve always loved this movie. Coincidentally, the movie is loosely based on the Marlowe brothers, and it turns out that when he retired, Lillian’s third husband Frank Hafley bought a ranch in Ouray, Colorado that belonged to the brothers. 

Judith: If you could choose the great American western, what would it be? 

Julia: At an earlier time, I would have said The Shootist with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall, but this has been supplanted by True Grit with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. It's a wonderful movie, with all the violence and wit and well, grit that one expects from an updated classic.  

Judith: How long did it take you to write the book on Lillian? How many hours per day did you work on the book?

Julia: It took me two years to both research and write the book. I probably spent on average 4 hours per day (every day) either writing or researching it.

Judith: Will you be going on the road to promote the book? If so, where can people hear you speak on Lillian's life and work?

Julia: I will be speaking at various places in California over the summer. I'll also be in Cody, Wyoming in August at the Buffalo Bill Centennial sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. I will post speaking engagements with their dates at

Judith: Since we met while we both worked at the ABC Television Network, I can't help but ask what you are currently watching on television? 

Julia: Several shows would be on the list. The Americans on FX, Designated Survivor, Blackish and The Goldbergs on ABC, Taken on NBC and The Walking Dead on AMC.  

America's Best Female Sharpshooter: The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith by Julia Bricklin will be available for purchase on April 27, 2017 and it is available for pre-order through both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

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                                      Julia Bricklin, Author
                               America's Best Female Sharpshooter: 
                            The Rise and Fall of Lillian Frances Smith 

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

The 100 Most Handsome and Best-Looking Actors of All-Time

After the six months of work on the 100 most beautiful actresses of all-time list it seemed daunting to do all of this again. The world is in deep trouble, but we need our distractions.  I promote, research, write and market for a living and I couldn't resist doing the male version of the 100 most gorgeous actors of all-time. This time, the voting expanded via further social media outlets. 4,200 people made their decisions. Please note: this list has nothing to do with talent or character or lack thereof. The question was superficial - who are the best looking actors of all-time. That was it. You could vote one person or ten...Their looks were judged by their prime years, so even if they aged badly, that didn't count.  Thank you to the media mavens for sharing your favorites. Thankfully, there are tons of television and movie fans who know what they are talking about.  

1) Paul Newman - Wit, talent and one of the most beautiful men - ever. The blue eyes were famed, but his spot-on sarcastic deliveries and sense of humor made the already stunning man even more glorious to get all dewy over. If you had the good fortune to see him in person you knew you had never seen a better looking man. Movies to watch: The Long, Hot Summer, The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict

2) Robert Redford - The image - Redford as the Sundance Kid. Could there possibly be a more visual display of gorgeousness than Redford as the Sundance Kid? Can I move? I'm better when I move. Movies to watch: This Property is Condemned, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor

3) Brad Pitt - A sexy and physically beautiful guy without being a pretty boy. His Legends of the Fall scenery may be the best of his best. Talk about objectifying men. Movies to watch: Thelma & Louise, A River Runs Through It

4) Steve McQueen - A movie legend for the ages. Not necessarily a classically handsome man, but may very well be the sexiest on-screen actor of all-time. His spin in Bullitt remains the definitive in cool. Cool watch. Cool car. Cool. Just plain out cool. Movies to watch: The Magnificent Seven, Love with the Proper Stranger, Le Mans

5) William Holden - Smile a little smile for me. Outside of Redford in the 1960's and 1970's, no man ever had a more gasp inspiring smile. He was a golden boy indeed. Meet him on Sunset Boulevard or at a picnic - either way you'd be having a nice day. Movies to watch: Stalag 17, Picnic, Golden Boy, The Bridge on the River Kwai

6) Don Johnson - Bone structure, eyes, hair, lips, nose. Nothing was wrong with the physicality of the man who made big white jackets and sockless feet darn right cool. He aged well to boot. Watch a Miami Vice repeat. Do yourself a favor.

7) Jeffrey Hunter - He rode the range in a few classic films and even portrayed a stunningly gorgeous blue-eyed Jesus Christ. Jesus was perfect, but I suspect a Jewish man in Israel probably didn't have fair skin with blue eyes. Movies to watch: King of Kings, The Searchers

8) Errol Flynn - Flynn was a womanizing cad and women loved him for it. Go figure. He was also one heck of man to look at. Unfortunately, he was his own worst enemy and pretty much looked awful by the time he turned 40. Watch Captain Blood.

9) Tyrone Power - So beautiful. If you know a woman who has seen him in a movie let her tell you what she thinks. He died at the age of 44, so his family, friends and fans were denied the privilege of seeing him live a long life. Movies to watch: Anything with Loretta Young and The Long, Gray Line

10) Clint Eastwood - Handsome man, even though he is rarely described as handsome. Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya punk. With the exception of Humphrey Bogart, no actor has emoted more lines of note. Movies to watch: Tightrope, Dirty Harry, Sudden Impact, The Outlaw Josey Wales

11) Mel Gibson - I must admit it would be difficult to find a more gorgeous face than Mel Gibson in The Bounty. The scene in the car while it's raining in The Year of Living Dangerously is quite dream worthy. Freedom! It doesn't necessarily give you this face, but it does offer more options.

12) Gregory Peck - Absolute class act, but he was a class act with a sincerely perfect face. Just a handsome movie star that also created some memorable screen moments. Movies to watch: Roman Holiday, Gentlemen's Agreement, To Kill a Mockingbird

13) Cary Grant - Witty, quick, clever, charming and he looked like Cary Grant. A romantic lead as well as a good dramatic actor and gifted with superb comic timing. Movies to watch: Monkey Business, Arsenic and Old Lace, An Affair to Remember 

14) Rock Hudson - Perfectly featured man. A face for the ages. Movies to watch: Anything with Doris Day.

15) Mark Harmon - The young Mark Harmon was the classic all-American guy. Perfect example of inherited good genes.

16) Robert Wagner - Oh that smile. The suave, cool, collected Wagner. Try watching an episode of It Takes a Thief. Well, it hasn't worn well, but he was a beauty. He literally never took a bad photo.

17) Tom Selleck - He reached his physical peak in the Magnum, P.I. series. The smile could nearly kill. Great looking man.

18) Alain Delon - The French actor was almost always more beautiful than any of his leading ladies. The face lives on and remains highly memorable for anyone who ever gazed on it.

19) John Wayne - Movie buffs cannot look away from the face. His young man's face was a smoldering masculine boldness and he aged well.

20) Fred Williamson - Have you seen Williamson's Public Service Announcement for Wounded Warriors? If not, look it up. He looks pretty much the same as his youthful good looks from an earlier era.

21) Richard Gere - Clearly, a sexy guy. He excels at playing romantic leads and yet he rocks out bad guys better than any other actor from his generation. Movies to watch: No Mercy, Yanks

22) Russell Crowe - L. A. Confidential, Gladiator and the little seen The Quick and the Dead all make for one good bad boy who could probably turn a good girl into not such a good girl. Master and Commander indeed.

23) Clark Gable - Gone With the Wind. His image still resonates all these years later, so in cinema history the wind couldn't even take him away. As Adela Rogers St. Johns said about him, "No complexes, no inhibitions, no fixations, no phobias."

24) Gary Cooper - Great looking, manly man! Gorgeous features. He wasn't the luckiest man alive, but he certainly had a memorable career and face.

25) Sean Connery - Glorious bone structure. Connery is one of the best looking actors of all time. Daniel Craig may be the best Bond ever (Ian Fleming's version), but Connery will remain Bond, James Bond for a long time to come.

26) Chad Everett - Everett was a real specimen of good looks. Perfect face. Imagine that Medical Center doctor walking into the room to check up on your health?

27) Patrick Dempsey - He worked in films for years, but it was a McDreamy role on television that made him a household name.

28) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - Fairbanks was suave and elegant and he managed to still be stunning as an old man.

29) Jack Scalia - One of the finest looking men ever to walk on planet earth. I interviewed him once and when he walked into the room I almost passed out. Well, not literally.

30) Simon Baker - Cutie pie. Baker is about as elegant as an actor in today's day and age is going to get. Aesthetically appealing.

31) Henry Cavill - Cavill is absolutely gorgeous. Pity the woman who actually lands him, since the idolatrous and stalking types will probably not let him live a normal life until he hits 75 years old. Much more than Superman.

32) Montgomery Clift - Always sad looking no matter what he was playing. A Place in the Sun brought out the ultimate in male on-screen sadness.

33) Liam Neeson - Who would you want in a foxhole with you (movie image version)? He'd be one. Man's man and woman's man.

34) Kevin Costner - In his day, he was a doll. Baseball player good looking. America on a face.

35) Johnny Depp - The weirdest choice good looking guy in the entire history of cinema.

36) Warren Beatty - One heck of a gorgeous man. Heaven Can Wait may have been his best looking period.

37) Matthew McConaughey - Eclectic and seemingly down-to-earth. A terrific actor with great looks. His Oscar acceptance speech was one of the most sincere acceptances of all-time. Seems real in an unreal world.

38) Denzel Washington - Always a sturdy presence in any film. Great looks spanning a wildly successful long-haul career.

39) George Clooney - How do you not put him on this list? Lots of women still hark back to his television days and not his film career.

40) Rob Lowe - Absolutely beautiful and he has aged well. Unavoidably handsome.

41) Colin Firth - Whether playing a King or Mr. Darcy this is one fine looking specimen of maleness.

42) Bradley Cooper - Killer smile, gorgeous eyes and a wildly fantastic head of hair!

43) Jack Lord - Star of the original Hawaii Five-O survives via repeats. Nearly fifty years later those early year episodes give us the display of a handsome man.

44) Ryan Reynolds - Funny and cute. Will he be around for the long-haul? We can hope.

45) John Gavin - Gorgeous. Nothing else needs to be said.

46) Andy Garcia - Appealing actor and handsome. The only reason to sit through The Godfather 3 movie.

47) Antonio Banderas - Desperado. Basically, you need to see nothing beyond this film and it may be the reason why he even landed on the list. 

48) Tom Cruise - One of the biggest movie stars of all-time. Highly likable and adorable.

49) Leonardo DiCaprio - The last of the true movie stars who can honestly open a movie. Beautiful face. Perfectly cast as Jay Gatsby. He defined what Fitzgerald put on the page.

50) George Peppard - Gorgeous guy whether having breakfast at Tiffany's or being a carpetbagger.

51) James Dean - September 30,1955. A sad day in film history. The world lost James Dean. Lovely to look at.

52) Sidney Poitier - Sophisticated and elegant and we respectfully say to sir with love.

53) Christopher Jones - One of the best looking men God ever created. A gifted actor who left the screen after the traumatic experience of 1970's Ryan's Daughter (long story, but look it up, since it's interesting and sad). He should have been one of the biggest stars in the world.

54) Burt Reynolds - One of the most underrated actors ever. The laugh alone is glorious.

55) Colin Farrell - A stunning face. Those brows!

56) Pierce Brosnan - Suave and elegant. Quite pleasing to the eye.

57) Eric Bana - A strong and cultured bone structure. Nice looking man.

58) Clayne Crawford - A full bodied man of masculinity and charisma. He's also a superb actor. Does anyone play a vulnerable guy better? Does anyone play a wild card better? Check out his downright brilliant performance in Rectify. Seems normal. Hopefully, he stays that way.  

59) Hugh Jackman - Jackman is power pumped with a massively attractive physique, but he has a great face as well.

60) Chris Hemsworth - The guy certainly has it all.

61) Sam Elliott- Sexy,manly actor and that voice. That voice. Katharine Ross makes a lovely wife too.

62) Robert Urich - Urich was a dreamboat and he died way too young. A terrific actor who happened to be a dreamy guy. Long and lean with perfect features.

63) Blair Underwood - Good looking man and classic looking as well.

64) Tom Hardy - May not exactly frame vulnerability, but when he smiles, he lights up the screen.

65) Terrence Howard - Howard is darn near pretty. Women love his face.

66) Marlon Brando - As Irene Selznick said about him "I honestly think that broken nose made his fortune. It gave him sex appeal. He was too beautiful before."

67) Josh Lucas - Masculine guy with a pearly set of baby blues.

68) Richard Burton - The face was only slightly less stunning than that amazing voice. What voice could top that?

69) Robert Taylor - Somewhat forgotten now, but not by the true old movie buffs.

70) Oscar Isaac - Loyal fan base nearing the obsessive. 

71) James Marsden - Nice looking man indeed.

72) Peter O'Toole - The image of him from Lawrence of Arabia may very well be the most hauntingly beautiful image of any man at any time.

73) Paul Walker - God rest his soul. What a stunner.

74) Keanu Reeves - Effortless is about all you have to say.

75) Theo James - The Divergent series proved he's got the manly abilities and he's proven he can act. The Brit has an expressive and handsome face.

76) Idris Elba - Any women who has seen him - gets it.

77)  Gerard Butler - Big and brawny and all man.

78) Alexander Skarsgard - I don't know if you can handle this. Too much going on.

79)  Sean Bean - How on earth did Sean Bean not become a household name? One of the sexiest men ever in films and television. Handsome Brit who could be Luke Bracey's father. Someone make that casting happen. Masculine manly man!

80) Alec Baldwin - One of the best actors ever and when he was young he was a real doll.

81) Alex Pettyfer - I Am Number Four. He could never be a number four. Don't hold Magic Mike against him. Gorgeous, gorgeous guy. T-shirts and blue jeans or tuxedos. Doesn't matter.

82) Michael Douglas - Douglas could do no wrong. Energy, positivity and self-assurance.

83) Henry Fonda - Finely featured man who held a long-haul career in a fickle business.

84) Richard Harris - Crossing the Atlantic you tend to get men like Richard Harris. There is a scene in the film Hawaii that defines Harris and his reason for obviously making this list.

85) Farley Granger - Granger had one heck of a great face. Now, that's a profile shot to end all profile shots.

86) Tim Kang - Gorgeous Kang needs to have a bigger career.

87) Billy Dee Williams - Brian's Song, Lady Sings the Blues and just about anything he was in. Watch them all.

88) Chris Noth - Guts, sarcasm, a wink and a smile.

89) Roger Moore - Not the best of Bonds, but certainly one with a darn near perfect face.

90) James Garner - He made wit, charm and a sense of humor appealing and sexy.

91) Robert Conrad - Take a ride with a wild, wild West. Those eyes.

92) Kurt Russell - How much cuter can a guy get? Women love that smile.

93) Christian Bale - One of the great actors of all-time is also a looker.

94) Jack Nicholson - People tend to forget Nicholson's killer smile was a force all its own before it almost became a caricature. Movies to watch: Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He even made Randall P. McMurphy sexy.

95) Robert Vaughn - The distinguished actor with the perfect voice still resonates with women as they peruse the oldie television channels. Thankfully, MeTV exists. Magnificent Seven member!

96) Ryan O'Neal - Dashing and romantic.

97) Richard Madden - Game of Thrones and Disney's Cinderella. Wavy hair and structured features. Do yourself a favor - watch Klondike. Seriously, watch Klondike.

98) Ryan Gosling - Romantic lead for a reason and he can actually act.

99) Aidan Turner - Turner is quite the example of the luck of the Irish. Superbly crafted face - a gift from his folks and God.  He's quite handsome and hopefully he will have a career where people are still talking about him ten years from now.


100) Linus Roache - Women remember The Wings of the Dove star and his turn on Law and Order.

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