Category Archives: Joyce DeWitt in pantyhose
Last year, we discussed (OK, we didn’t really discuss it; I just wrote about it) how one of the earliest influences on our pantyhose fetish was seeing them so many times on our elementary school teachers, mothers, aunts, neighbors, etc.
Another major influence on our delicate psyche as we were growing up had to be the dawning of the superhero characters as depicted in comic books and eventually on our television and movie screens.
Often, I’ve wondered just how helpless we were rendered by the super powers wielded by some beautiful superheroines wearing fabulous costumes in which sheer pantyhose played an integral part.
Probably the all-time best female superhero who can still turn our heads today is Wonder Woman as deliciously portrayed by actress Lynda Carter in the popular TV series that ran from 1975 to 1979.
Who can forget the image of her in that iconic red, white and blue skimpy costume, complete with the famous 1970s-style all-nylon sheer-to-waist suntan pantyhose on those legs that seemingly went for miles?
Like its predecessors — the Batman TV series of the 60s and Superman of the 50s — Wonder Woman was never going to win an Oscar for its scripts or acting (and, certainly, not its special effects), but if someone came up with a hall of fame for TV superheroines, Lynda Carter would have to be at the top of the list for enshrinement.
Case in point: There have been many Superman and Batman blockbuster movies made in every decade since the 1990s, but have you seen a new Wonder Woman since 1979? There hasn’t been a live-action Wonder Woman TV series or movie since Carter’s WW days, and the lone attempt by NBC to create one in 2011 failed miserably.
That might be in part because veteran costume designer Robert Blackman, a multiple Emmy nominee, and three-time winner, messed with Wonder Woman’s costume, changing those iconic briefs to (gasp) pants.
“I was vilified and vindicated (by Wonder Woman fans) on an hourly basis,” Blackman told Entertainment Weekly. “There was outrage over everything from the fact that she was wearing pants to the boot color.”
Yes, and rightfully so. What in the world was this guy thinking? Why do people want to change something that’s worked beautifully for decades?
Eventually, in some promotional photos I saw ahead of the would-be show’s release, the costume did include an updated version of the classic briefs or short-shorts, but the star who was to play Wonder Woman was modeling them in “bear” legs.
Uh, yeah … that was never gonna work, folks. You don’t mess with an icon.
What makes a superhero character iconic? Webster’s Dictionary offers a couple of definitions of the word, icon: “Any person or thing that is revered; someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.”
Listen, Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman (at least on TV) wears those briefs with sheer pantyhose. Period.
If we didn’t have a thing for pantyhose already, those of us who grew up watching Wonder Woman during the 70s might have become forever hooked because of the beautiful and charming character Lynda Carter portrayed.
Just for kicks
In my mind, after Wonder Woman, the next great superheroine who very well could have influenced our early pantyhose fetish has to be the awesome video game character, Chun-Li.
Introduced in the original Street Fighter II video game in 1991, Chun-Li is an undercover Interpol agent seeking to avenge the death of her father at the hands of Bison and his criminal organization.
Chun-Li, the first well-known female playable character in a fighting game, was designed with muscular legs because of her strong martial arts kicking skills, necessary to hold her own in combat against the standard roster of powerful male characters.
In the game, and subsequently, in movies, Chun-Li wears a traditional Chinese qipao dress with long side slits to accommodate her powerful kung fu kicks.
But let’s be honest here — it’s those brown pantyhose that make the outfit, and made us fall in love with Chun-Li.
I played that game in the 90s with friends, and I was always Chun-Li.
As far as I know it was the first time anyone had made a video game in which a female character was clearly wearing pantyhose, and that was cool.
Like Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, could you ever imagine the Chun-Li character not being dressed in pantyhose? Icon, people.
Right or Wong
I’m not certain whether another superheroine who captured our hearts first in video games should be counted here or not because in almost half the pictures I can find of her she appears to be “bear”-legged. But in slightly more than half of the others, Ada Wong of the Resident Evil video games, clearly is wearing pantyhose.
Sadly, when Ada Wong finally made it to the silver screen last year in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” she didn’t appear to be wearing pantyhose through most of the movie. I say didn’t appear to be, as it is very hard to tell because gorgeous Chinese actress Li Bingbing has such perfect porcelain-like skin.
I would swear that Miss Li is wearing very sheer pantyhose in some of the scenes and in some of the promotional photos for the movie, but as thoroughly as I’ve investigated, the truth is I just can’t tell.
Still, I included Ada Wong here for two reasons: First, the official artwork for the Resident Evil video game clearly shows that her legs are smoother and have a slight shading, which is different from the rest of her skin, indicating she is wearing sheer pantyhose; Second, the majority of professional and everyday cosplay models who portray her do wear pantyhose with the costume.
I’d like to think that means those models consider pantyhose integral to the Ada Wong costume, but I could be just as happy thinking that they at least have the brains and class to wear pantyhose just to look good in the costume.
Hopefully, the models who don’t think it’s necessary to wear pantyhose with their Ada Wong costumes regret their decisions when they see the pics of themselves later on.
Either way, Ada Wong in pantyhose totally rocks her beautiful red qipao dress better (in my opinion) than Chun-Li because Ada wears black pumps, whereas Chun-Li’s clunky white army boots are so less feminine looking.
Super supporting characters
Of course there are many other female superheroes in comic books, video games, TV series and movies, but I can’t point to any who are always depicted wearing pantyhose. But there are some very significant supporting characters whose beautiful pantyhose-adorned legs might equally have helped to nurture our pantyhose fetish in the early stages.
One of the most iconic is Lois Lane, originally portrayed by Noel Neill in the 1950s TV series, “The Adventures of Superman.”
While, of course, pantyhose weren’t around during the 1950s, Neill always wore nylon stockings in the role, and set the bar high for future Lois Lanes.
And of all those who’ve played the part since, so far, my favorite Lois Lane is the one turned in by Teri Hatcher during the 1990s TV series, “Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman,” which ran from 1993 to 1997.
While the show was mostly pretty goofy, it was fun, and no expense was spared for Hatcher’s wardrobe, which dressed Lois Lane in some great business suits, dresses and gowns, always with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
As the dreaded “bear” legs movement was just taking off in the late 90s, I was happy that Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane never compromised on class and glamour, and I hoped her example would do much to keep pantyhose from being “run” off too soon. Either way, I like what she contributed to the role.
Smooth as silk
A special nod must go to another great supporting character to a superhero — Mary Jane Watson, the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Actress Kirsten Dunst deserves credit for her great performance as MJ in the Spider-Man movies of 2002, 2004 and 2007.
Likewise, the costume designer for all three movies should be commended for consistently dressing MJ with the class, grace and femininity of her iconic comic book character, as Dunst was always in dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
And Dunst had never looked better.
“The truth is out there”
“I want to believe” there’s another great character who might have influenced late bloomer pantyhose lovers. While she wasn’t a female superhero, she certainly was special — Special Agent Dana Scully, that is, on TV’s “The X-Files.”
In the breakout role of her career, Gillian Anderson gained international recognition, winning several awards for her portrayal of Scully, including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for “Best Actress in a Drama Series.”
In the lead female role on the series, which ran from 1993 to 2002, Anderson was fantastic playing the strong, independent, intelligent FBI agent. The character was extremely professional, as were the outfits she wore, which often consisted of skirt suits, complete with pumps and sheer pantyhose.
The costume designer and Anderson are to be commended, as so many female cop characters are dressed like men, down to the pants suits and ugly shoes. Worse, those characters come across as masculine as they look.
But not Special Agent Scully. Even the times when she wore a pants suit, she wore those pumps and sheer pantyhose. She was professional, but always feminine and quietly glamorous.
There have been many great superheroines and even more super female lead characters that we grew up with during the awesome pantyhose era of the 1960s to the mid-1990s.
Who could forget Stephanie Zymbalist as Laura Holt in the TV series “Remington Steele,” opposite Pierce Brosnan as the title character?
In that private detective series, which ran from 1982 to 1987, we could always count on Laura Holt to wear beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
And how about Cybill Shepherd opposite a young Bruce Willis in the private detective TV series, “Moonlighting,” which aired from 1985 to 1989? Like Laura Holt, Madelyn “Maddie” Hayes always wore dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
There’s no doubt the decade of 1980 was great for pantyhose, but probably nothing tops the 1970s as the ultimate pantyhose era. There were so many TV shows that might have helped to shape our love of pantyhose, starting right in 1970 with The Mary Tyler Moore show. That show, which lasted until 1977, featured the title actress/character in mostly professional attire that always included heels and pantyhose.
Then, there was the sitcom, Three’s Company, which aired from 1976 to 1984 and featured Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, both of whom became known for their legs in pantyhose.
But it was Joyce DeWitt, perhaps the greatest pantyhose ambassador of all time, who outright refused to be shot on the set in any outfit that didn’t include pantyhose. Fortunately, she most often wore dresses or skirts, but regardless of the scene, whether she appeared in a towel, a robe, gym shorts or pants, DeWitt’s character, Janet Wood, always would be in sheer suntan pantyhose. Of course, DeWitt also went on to star in many TV commercials for L’eggs pantyhose.
From 1966 to 1969, the original Star Trek aired. As iconic characters go, could you imagine Lt. Uhura not wearing pantyhose with that skimpy uniform?
Am I wrong? Do you doubt that these classic and iconic characters could have influenced our love for pantyhose during these early years?
I vividly remember a scene that really moved me. For this post, I tried to find a still picture of it, but couldn’t. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a You Tube video of it either. It was from the original 1960s British TV series about secret agents, The Avengers.
Now, peter_a, don’t be outing me here. I am hereby stating that I was way too young to have experienced first-hand this show, which aired from 1961 to 1969, so I guess I must have seen the reruns a couple of decades later during my tender formative years. [Insert snide comment here]
I remember my sisters and I watching this show and cracking up every time we saw this scene in the opening sequence intro:
The female lead character, Mrs. Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), is driving (very fast) in a hot British convertible on a remote road in the English countryside when she comes across a hitchhiker.
One of televisions first strong female characters, Mrs. Peel is an expert in karate’, judo, guns and fencing, and often kicked some major booty in the long-running espionage series.
Mrs. Peel picks up the hitchhiker. Of course, she’s wearing the iconic mini skirt of 1960s England, complete with very sheer nude pantyhose (that’s about the only kind that was made back then). Well, the hapless hitchhiker playfully places his hand on Mrs. Peels pretty thigh just as the car is entering a tunnel. For a second or two the viewer sees only the other end of the tunnel from the outside.
Then, the speeding car emerges from the tunnel and we see Mrs. Peel … but no one else in the car with her. Even as dumb kids, we knew that meant Mrs. Peel dispatched the poor slob without skipping a beat.
I don’t know why, but we laughed over this scene every time. We just thought that was so funny, but I never could get that image of the guy’s hand lightly atop Mrs. Peel’s beautiful pantyhose-adorned thigh … if only for a brief ecstatic moment for him.
Naturally, I could never have dreamed way back then that I’d end up the president of my own pantyhose company. At least now, you have a clue as to why I make the kind of pantyhose ActSensuous are.
Could the classic and iconic superheroines and other strong female characters who looked amazing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose in comic books, TV shows, TV commercials, movies, and even video games, which have captured our hearts and minds, be responsible for influencing our love for pantyhose today?
I think so.
NOTE: It would be impossible to even attempt to mention every superheroine or strong female character whose lovely hosiery-adorned legs graced comic book pages and TV and movie screens from the 1950s through today. Please let us hear from you about which ones I left out who influenced you the most.
Meanwhile, here are some photos of iconic characters we loved during the amazing pantyhose era of the 1960s through mid-1990s:
Hollywood has always blessed us with glamorous actresses who set the beauty standards of the day.
From the late 1960s through the mid-1990s, nylons were as much a staple in Hollywood as makeup. So while it wasn’t unusual (until now) to see a TV or movie star wearing nylons on screen, a few actresses actually distinquished themselves as what I am calling Pantyhose Goddesses.
Julie Newmar appeared on Broadway in the 1950s, and had many starring roles in television and movies during the 1960s, possibly none more auspicious than her role as Catwoman on the Batman TV series.
At 5’11, 135 pounds and with 37-inch legs, it wasn’t hard to notice Newmar, but she was more than just a Hollywood glam-girl. She did one thing that will link her to pantyhose forever – she designed her own, actually winning a patent for her design in the mid 1970s. She called the pantyhose “Nudemar” and marketed them during the 70s and 80s.
She said she invented them out of necessity:
“I have two drawers of pantyhose, but I don’t like what they do for my backside.
“It’s a simple improvement. I just gathered the back seam, but it gives a woman the firm fanny of a 12-year-old.”
I like the fact that she had two drawers full of pantyhose.
In the 1970s, Catherine Bach played the character, Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, wearing short, tight cut-off jean shorts, which would become known as “Daisy Dukes.” Apparently, network censors believed that the cut-offs were so short, that the the producers could get them on air only if Bach wore sheer-to-waist pantyhose with them, to ensure that the shorts didn’t reveal more of her than intended.
Bach certainly created a pantyhose identity for herself, if not an entire fashion trend.
But, perhaps, no actress aligned herself with pantyhose more than Joyce DeWitt during the 1970s TV series, Three’s Company. On its Web site, Central New York Promotions states:
“Being an avid pantyhose wearer, DeWitt is famous for refusing to do any scenes bare-legged. When shooting Three’s Company (1977), she always wore either pantyhose or tights, and refused to work bare-legged. Though this caused conflict between her and the show’s producers, it endeared her to hosiery manufacturers, and she became the spokeswoman for L’eggs pantyhose in the late 70s.”
That kind of professionalism, commitment to femininity and just plain good taste is very rare today. I liked Joyce DeWitt’s style back then, but having learned her story, I’m even more impressed with her now.
I wonder: What other actresses could or should have become Pantyhose Goddesses back in the day?
Again, during the 70s, 80, and 90s, pantyhose were the standard of class, elegance and glamour, so actresses wearing them on screen wasn’t at all unusual. Still, some stars just stood out from the crowd, and in the process, pantyhose gained cult-level status.
During the 80s and 90s, I have to say that my favorite stars who could have earned the title of Pantyhose Goddess were Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Linda Fiorentino and Geena Davis.
And then, there was Markie Post, Goldie Hawn, Shelly Long and Christina Applegate — all truly lovely and classy pantyhose babes.
Honorable mention could go to Jennifer Tilly, who was almost always seen in pantyhose and looked awesome in them; Fran Drescher, who really did align herself with pantyhose; and one Parker Posey, who actually was known as “Miss Pantyhose.” This was never more evident than in the role she played as a vampire in the third installment of Wesley Snipes’ Trinity trilogy.
Today more than ever, we need a Pantyhose Goddess in Hollywood – someone whose beauty, class and grace is so awe-inspiring that, when she permanently aligns herself with the wearing of pantyhose, it would make for an irresistable combination that would once again propel pantyhose to cult-type status.
She’s always been so classy, and, until I saw The Proposal, I didn’t think I’d ever see her not wearing pantyhose. She kinda let me down on this one, especially because her role in this movie was a corporate executive.
Even though she is beautiful and classy, I don’t really see Sandra in the Pantyhose Goddess role. I think deep down, she’s sees herself as kind of a tomboy.
I believe she’ll usually choose to wear pantyhose for the proper occasion, but I don’t think it would be for any reason other than just good sense.
I don’t know if she’s been around long enough, is sought-after enough or revered enough, but I would love to see Nicole take this title.
Lately, I never see her on screen not wearing pantyhose, and it would be hard to find someone who looks better in them than her.
I’ve always liked Nicole, and I think she’s got the class and grace to be the one.
The more I see her, the more I love her. She is beautiful, but she’s also powerful and edgy. And she’s here and now.
I love her in the Resident Evil movies, and I’ve seen her in many public appearances where she almost always is wearing pantyhose. Not only that, but she also is a professional model who more often than not is shot in sheer pantyhose.
Milla is classy and cool, and I think she deserves to be considered a true Pantyhose Goddess.
Catherine always carries herself with class and grace, and I never see her not wearing pantyhose.
There’s just something very captivating about her.
She has the beauty and the charisma to be the next Pantyhose Goddess, but also, she’s got the credibility and the relevance that it would take.
That’s right, Anna, the head alien visitor on the TV series, V.
If an evil overgrown lizard who’s out to take over Earth can look that incredible in pantyhose (and she is never not wearing them on the show) she gets my vote for Hollywood Pantyhose Goddess.
Update 2013: OK, I had based that opinion when this was written in 2010 only on what I saw of her in V, having never heard of her before that show. Since then, I’ve seen her on many a late night talk show where she wears beautiful dresses and heels, but no pantyhose … ever! And I’ve seen many photos of her during publicity appearances, also mostly “bear”-legged.
Just goes to show that at the end of the day, you really can’t trust an alien visitor trying to take over the world. Too bad because Baccarin certainly looks amazing in pantyhose. Yet, “The truth is out there:” She doesn’t look good at all “bear”-legged.
She might already have this title, and that would suit me just fine. As The Good Wife, she always dresses professionally and looks great in pantyhose. Better still, she most-often makes public appearances and guest spots on late night talk shows dressed the same way.
It really bothers me when the big stars, even when they wear pantyhose for their roles on screen, think they’re somehow obligated to follow the “trend” and go bare-legged out in public, especially, if it’s a talk show with a younger host who caters to a younger audience.
But that’s not the case with Julianna. She always dresses beautifully and does the right thing by wearing pantyhose. Maybe she should be the Hollywood Pantyhose Goddess. Maybe she already is.
Update 2013: All that might have been true when this was written in 2010, but it seems Margulies has allowed herself to be brainwashed by the masses, as I’ve seen her “bear”-legged a few times during public appearances. That seems to indicate that it’s the professionalism, class and good taste strictly of the costume designer and producers of The Good Wife and NOT Margulies herself who deserves the credit for her wearing pantyhose on the show.
Meredith already is a Pantyhose Goddess. Here’s why: Not only does she always wear pantyhose on TV shows and in public appearances, she actually has gone on record saying she “likes wearing pantyhose,” even admitting that she doesn’t wear anything underneath.
Meredith definitely deserves consideration for Pantyhose Goddess. The question is: Is she relevant enough today?
Obviously, Anne Hathaway and Zooey Deschanel deserve consideration for Hollywood Pantyhose Goddess. Of the two, Zooey is the more devoted and consistent wearer for all occasion and venues. I didn’t feature Anne and Zooey here only because I think they’re too obvious, and both already might be Hollywood Pantyhose Goddesses.
Finally, I’ve got to say that I like what I see from Megan Fox, Kate Moss, Jessica Alba and Kate Beckinsale. And, thankfully, there are many other young actresses out there who seem to understand the allure of pantyhose. Are they ready to become Hollywood’s next Pantyhose Goddesses? Perhaps.
OK, who’d I leave out? I know you have your favorites, and I’d like to hear who they are and what you have to say about them.