During RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, Joslyn Fox asked Bianca Del Rio how she got to be so smart, so Bianca gave her this list of movies to watch and learn from. After several weeks of speculations as to what might be on the list, Joslyn has finally revealed the list that Bianca gave her.
Now, you too can become as smart as America’s Next Drag Superstar, Bianca Del Rio!
8 Must-Watch Movies Recommended by Bianca Del Rio for Joslyn Fox
Here’s the list that Joslyn shared…
1. Thelma & Louise (1991)
Louise is working in a fast food restaurant as a waitress and has some problems with her friend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen
2. Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Charlotte Hollis, an aging recluse deluded into a state of dementia by horrible memories and hallucinations, lives in a secluded house where, thirty-seven years before, John Mayhew her married lover, was beheaded and mutilated by an unknown assailant.
Starring: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead
3. All About Eve (1950)
Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson. This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis’ line “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film’s dialog sparkles with equal brilliance.
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm
4. Auntie Mame (1958)
Mame is an unconventional individualist socialite from the roaring 20’s. When her brother dies, she is forced to raise her nephew Patrick. However, Patrick’s father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame’s rather unconventional perspective. Patrick and Mame become devoted to each other in spite of this restriction, and together journey through Patrick’s childhood and the great depression, amidst some rather zaney adventures.
Starring: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark
5. The Women (1939)
Wealthy Mary Haines is unaware her husband is having an affair with shopgirl Crystal Allen. Sylvia Fowler and Edith Potter discover this from a manicurist and arrange for Mary to hear the gossip. On the train taking her to a Reno divorce Mary meets the Countess and Miriam (in an affair with Fowler’s husband). While they are at Lucy’s dude ranch, Fowler arrives for her own divorce and the Countess meets fifth husband-to-be Buck. Back in New York, Mary’s ex is now unhappily married to Crystal who is already in an affair with Buck. When Sylvia lets this story slip at a country club dinner, Crystal brags of her plans for a still wealthier marriage, only to find the Countess is the source of all Buck’s money. Crystal must return to the perfume counter and Mary runs back to her husband.
Starring: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland
6. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The story, set in ’50s Hollywood, focuses on Norma Desmond, a silent-screen goddess whose pathetic belief in her own indestructibility has turned her into a demented recluse. The crumbling Sunset Boulevard mansion where she lives with only her butler, Max who was once her director and husband has become her self-contained world. Norma dreams of a comeback to pictures and she begins a relationship with Joe Gillis, a small-time writer who becomes her lover, that will soon end with murder and total madness.
Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
7. Imitation of Life (1959)
Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. Each woman has an intolerable daughter, though Annie’s little girl Sarah Jane, is by far the worse. Neurotic and obnoxious, Sarah Jane doesn’t like being black; since she’s light-skinned (her father was practically white), she spends the rest of the film passing as white, much to her mother’s heartache and shame. Lora, meanwhile, virtually ignores her own daughter in a single-minded quest for stardom.
Starring: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner
8. A Star Is Born (1954)
Norman Maine, a movie star whose career is on the wane, meets showgirl Esther Blodgett when he drunkenly stumbles into her act one night. A friendship develops, then blossoms into romance before tensions increase as Esther’s career takes off while Norman’s continues to plummet.
Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford