My brother asked, "Hey, do you know this word blowsy?" I answered that I did and he asked for a definition. I said, "It means a coarse woman, but the perfect example is Shelley Winters-- if you look in the dictionary--her picture is probably there with blowsy!"
He asked, "You mean the Shelley Winters of A Place In The Sun or the Shelley Winters of Lolita?"
I answered, "BOTH, plus her in Alfie; only Shelley could be blowsy as a young woman and a middle-aged one too!" He said, "The only thing I remember about her in Lolita is that she pronounced Van Gogh as VAN GOCK!" I said, "Of course that IS the proper pronunciation, and in the book, she is a refined person who would know THAT, but the movie makes her look ridiculous."
I said, "Shelley Winters playing Charlotte Haze in Lolita has to be one of the greatest worst castings EVER; I can't believe Kubrick read the book or Nabokov allowed it; in the book Charlotte was definitely NOT blowsy; Winters was totally WRONG for the part!"
As we looked up BLOWSY, we learned that FROWZY is a synonym! Shelley qualifies as FROWZY also.
My brother's comment: "Isn't it interesting the number of disparaging words are just for women?"