I've only watched three or four episodes of the TV series NCIS, and those only from season one on DVD, but I recently took special note of a particularly appealing actress in one of those episodes and found out with a little research that she's appeared in several NCIS episodes, and she's had quite a TV and movie career altogether. Jessica Steen has appeared in such TV shows as Monk, Nip/Tuck, Stargate SG-1, The Outer Limits, and The Pretender...plus she was in the movie Armageddon. But here's the really neat part: during my search online for things Jessica, I came across a 1998 interview with her from SMOKE magazine, and this wonderful photo appeared alongside it. Is Jessica Steen a diehard cigar-smoker? It's probably too much for a stogie-chewer like me to hope for. But still, she sure looks delicious with a smoke in hand, doesn't she?
Posted by Wally Conger, who has a thing for Jessicas, whether Steen or Rabbit.
Regardless, Ms. Stone is still one hot cookie after more than two decades in the movies, and she certainly qualifies as one of our Smokin' Babes!
I first saw Hedy Lamarr in the 1930s movie Algiers when I was maybe eight or nine years old and immediately fell in love. Of course, by that time, Hedy was, what, about 50, the age I am now. Ah well... As usual, my timing was way off.
Hedy once said, "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." But Hedy, one of my favorite smokin' babes of all time, was anything but stupid. Besides being a terrific and gorgeous actress, she was an inventor! During WWII, she and composer George Antheil invented the Secret Communication System, an early version of frequency hopping that changed between 88 frequencies and was created to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam. Very cool.
Posted by Wally Conger, who can't look at most photos of Hedy Lamarr without needing to take a quick cold shower.
Heck, after a tough week of fighting government conspiracies, black-oil alien entities, fluke men, and her bosses in Washington, Agent Dana Scully deserves a moment or two of relaxation with a smoke, doncha think?
Posted by Wally Conger, who wonders if Dana picked up the habit from Cigarette Smoking Man.
Here's another alleged "Hollywood loon" for our Smokin' Babes gallery: actress Frances Farmer. Her erratic behavior and alcoholism lost her jobs during the 1940s, and she was at one time institutionalized and treated with insulin shock therapy at a San Fernando Valley (CA) sanitarium for her "paranoid scizophrenia." There are even reports that she was lobotomized. Tragically, Frances' smoking led to esophageal cancer, which killed her in 1970 at the age of 56.
But boy, was she ever yummy!
Posted by Wally Conger, who may like his women dangerous, but c'mon!
Well, tell that to smoker Celene Dion! This babe smokes! But then, everybody smokes in Las Vegas, and that's where Celene hangs out most of the year, singing exclusively at Caesar's. I was at Caesar's just a couple of weeks ago, in fact, during a trip to visit friends in the area, and Celene has her own gift shop, right alongside the Casino's Coliseum, where she performs. I almost bought a $500 leather jacket with her name on it. Almost.