Sep 04

“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” – H.Lamarr If you doubt that beauty is a curse then the life of Hedy Lamarr will quickly educate you on how a woman, famously dubbed as “the most beautiful girl in the world” had so much more that should have been celebrated. Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler to a Jewish pianist and banker (Gertrud Keisler), Hedy was destined for fame due to her drop-dead gorgeous looks and flair for acting. She began acting at an early age but made the fatal mistake of starring in a film called Ecstasy when she was 18 years old. The scandal behind this movie—which was around 1933 was due to her being nude in a number of scenes and having her pretty face expressing what appeared to be an orgasm. This movie… [Read more]

Oct 21

Believe it or not denizens, female Samurai are not restricted to the wild imaginings of anime and western movie plots; they truly existed. One of the premier names that tends to come up when you mix the words woman and samurai is Tomoe Gozen, a beautiful and extraordinary woman whose life was so dynamic that many think that she never really existed. Lady samurai were known as ona bugeisha, there weren’t very many of them and the few that lived came from the bloodline of samurai (Japanese cast system dictated a strict division between lords and peasants). Being as it was a rare thing to become a lady samurai, you can imagine that most who took on the title were very good at what they did. Tomoe’s legend begun when her master Minamoto no Yoshinaka took Kyoto and assumed leadership of the Minamoto clan. This… [Read more]

Sep 02

You’ve heard the saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” but if you want to apply a face to the saying you could easily use the face of Caterina Sforza. Here on The Hall we have 2 main historical sections in Badass of The Month and Hotties of History, Caterina is the first woman to occupy both. How To Raise A Tigress In 1462 Galeazzo Maria Sforza made love to the wife of a friend and got her pregnant, which lead to the birth of our darling Caterina. The scandal of her birth was no big deal at the time, as her Caterina’s father was a lord amongst man-whores and ran up inside any woman that he felt was hot (seriously). Ironically her birth coming from such a rebellious act as adultery was just a pre-cursor to her wickedly dynamic life. Unlike other… [Read more]

Jun 14

“I’m the best goddamned lay in the world.” – Virginia Hill at the Kefauver hearings 1951 When your life is as fleeting as that of a Capo in the Italian/Jewish underworld, one of the sweetest distractions is that of a woman that can rock your world. The most popular moll of the Mafia saga has been and will always be miss Virginia Hill, the ex-girlfriend of many gangsters and the woman that ultimately seduced and killed the infamous Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel…. Remember that famous hotel he got shot in at Las Vegas? Its name “The Flamingo” was Virginia’s nickname… go figure…  Miss Hill had Bugsy and many other gangsters whipped beyond measure. Virginia Hill (Born in 1916) started her career at 17 as a prostitute after leaving a fractured household in Marietta Georgia for the big city of Chicago. As a prostitute she also waited… [Read more]