Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 02:57:35 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: "Vamp"; "30"
This word came up recently (probably among Uma Thurman PULP FICTION
fans), and I have lots of stuff on the V.A.M.P.s, or volunteer firefighters.
True "vamp" seekers should check out the San Francisco Chronicle, 19 January
1919, Magazine, pg. 3:
What is a "VAMP"?
Is She a Real Menace or Just a Pretty Joke? Why Is a Clinging Velvet
Dress Under Suspicion? And Does "Vamp" Really Mean Anything as Dreadful as
"Vampire" After All?
By Clive Marshall
What do they mean?
One naturally turns to Kipling's famous poem. Probably that started the
rough-house. "A rag, a bone and a band of hair"--oh, yes! She is terribly
painted there--and she is called by the short syllable. Kipling surely did
hit hard at the lady who goes into the vampire business. But does anybody
mean anything quite so bad as that when he says "vamp"?
Is a vamp a kind of diminutive of a vampire--a kind of soft version of
the real thing? Is it like "pash"--a flippant allusion to the more
impressive dimensions of passion?
What does history do to help us? Was Cleopatra a vampire? ...
Speaking of looking the part, can there be a blonde vampire? Aren't
they all brunettes? (Sigh of relief from all the blondes!) Screen vamps are
generally dark-haired, and dark-eyed, too. But then you can't put light eyes
on the screen. There have been perfectly devilish light eyes--
However, this question may, perhaps, have to be left open. Yet there is
another. How about height? At least one screen vamp is not tall--not very
tall. There has to be that sinuous stuff--you can't fancy a fat vamp. But
it may be that vamping can be done on very moderate inches. It depends.
Maybe it depends a good deal on dressing talents. There's a way of
wearing clothes--not too much of them--that somehow conveys a vamp