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Flirt Like a Silver Screen Siren

Posted Feb 09 2013 5:27am

4450089 Wednesday 13th February, The London Film Museum, County Hall, SE1 7PB

So, the art of using your feminine wiles to get what you want.

We did an article on it recently: ‘ Office Hussy – is it OK to flirt at work? ‘ and Catherine Hakim has written a controversial book about it, Honey Money , which claims that yes, we should exploit our erotic capital.

Ever curious, we’ve booked in for a seminar with author, cultural anthropologist and flirting expert Jean Smith, to see what she has to say about it. Smith is a relationship expert and the author of ‘The Flirt Interpreter: flirting signs from around the world’. She recently advised the cast of Made in Chelsea and according to her PR, ‘is very funny and doesn’t hold back’. 

Smith is launching her ‘Silver Screen Siren’ flirting seminars at the London Film Museum on Wednesday 13th February. 

Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Mae West, Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis, she has created an inspiring talk to show women how the original Hollywood goddesses captivated audiences – as well as the many men who fell in love with them. 

Smith says: “The art of flirting is all about being the leading lady, not the supporting actress. You have to stand out. Bette Davis was no classic beauty, but she learned feminine wiles, exuded confidence and was powerfully attractive. Mae West mastered the art of wit.

“My talk will teach women what kind of screen siren they are and how to play to their strengths, whilst learning new skills from the most enduring of Hollywood heroines.”

The talk follows the publication of Smith’s debut book, ‘The Flirt Interpreter: flirting signs from around the world’. She has spent years interviewing men and women across the world to learn what makes men respond to women, and vice versa.

She also runs ‘Flirting and Walking tours’ in London, with her next tour taking place on February 15th at 6.45pm, from the foyer of the National Portrait Gallery. The walk is two hours long, ending in Covent Garden. Admission is £25 per person with tickets available from 

Tickets for the ‘Flirt Like a Silver Screen Siren’ seminar are £20, also available from The talk is 90 minutes long. 

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