Being smart doesn’t always pay off, especially in Hollywood. The following five actresses prove this point to be true. They all made it big by playing dumb, entertaining the masses through roles as dimwitted characters.
Before “I Love Lucy”, she was the blonde femme fatale in movies. On the big screen, this icon was good, but not memorable. Ball’s role as Lucy Ricardo is what penetrated the hearts of Americans making her famous. There was just something about this redhead’s goofy antics and crazy schemes that viewers could not resist.
This age-less beauty is an example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Somers gained fans globally by playing the wildly popular Chrissy Snow in “Three’s Company”, a dumb blonde who could barely figure out how to screw in a light bulb without help. Yet, in real life, this actress is a smart cookie who’s written over twenty books about a variety of subjects. Her latest: “I’m Too Young for This! The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause”.
Did you know Applegate began her acting career on a soap opera? At three years of age, she starred in “Days of Our Lives”. Afterward, she continued to build her resume as a child actress. A decade later, she landed her breakout role as Kelly Bundy in “Married with Children”. Viewers of this show roared with laughter at her lack of intelligence, especially in the area of counting and reading.
Who’d ever guess this star’s most memorable TV role would come later in life. As Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls”, she played a naive widower living in Miami with three other senior citizens. Stories about her past in St. Olaf were hilarious; they showed how an entire community could be filled with simple-minded people. White’s success playing this character gave her a cult following of young TV watchers that had never heard of her before.
Getting English-speaking roles didn’t come easy for this native Colombian. Vergara had some success in film, but gained global recognition through her part as Gloria Pritchett in “Modern Family”. This character’s inability to pronounce certain words in English and kooky beliefs about parenting make viewers laugh and continue to want more of this show.
The above five actresses made it big by playing dumb. Their roles as lovable dimwitted people earned them great success in an industry that often doesn’t acknowledge the difficulty in playing these types of parts.
(1) Lucille Ball, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000840/
(2) Suzanne Somers, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001755/?ref_=sr_1
(3) Christina Applegate, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000775/?ref_=sr_1
(4) Betty White, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0924508/?ref_=sr_1
(5) Sofia Vergara, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005527/?ref_=sr_1