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The Post and Courier - Jan 13 4:43 AM
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Obituaries, Jan. 9, 2007 - Jan 13 4:07 AM
WEST POINT - Frances Speed Kassees, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Star to the late Erlene Calvert Speed and Robert Marion Speed Sr. She married Kamil S. Kassees in April 28, 1961, in Dallas, Texas.

'Auntie Mame' needs some help 
St. Petersburg Times - Jan 12 10:19 PM
NEW PORT RICHEY - The stage show of the 1955 book Auntie Mame came out only a year after the book was published, but the movie version that came out two years after that is quite different.

- Southren Belle

Here is an article on Southern Belle.

A southern belle (derived from the French belle, 'beautiful') was an Souther Belle archetype for a young woman of the American South's antebellum upper class. She epitomized southern hospitality, cultivation of beauty and a flirtatious Southren Belle yet Sothern Belle chaste demeanor. The stereotype continues to have a powerful aspirational draw for many people, and books like "The Southern Belle Primer" and "The Southern Belle Handbook" are plentiful. Other current terms in popular culture related to "Southern belles" include "Ya Ya Sisters," "GRITS (Girls Raised In The South)," and "Sweet Potato Queens."

To detractors, the southern belle stereotype is a symbol of repressed, "corsetted" young women nostalgic for a bygone era. In modern usage, the term generally describes a young woman with racist attitudes and behavior.

Use in film

Gone with the Wind is probably the most famous treatment of the southern belle. The character of Blanche DuBois in the play and film A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, is another notable example. (Both the roles were played by Vivien Leigh.) The character Amanda in Williams' The Glass Menagerie considers herself to be a southern belle, yet clearly is not. The movie Steel Magnolias showcases a variety of southern belles from differing social classes. Daisy in The Great Gatsby also epitomises the characteristics of being a southern belle, having been raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

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