Drunk History Tells the Story of Dangerous Ladies in “Femme Fatales”

In the seventh episode of season six, Drunk History takes on the topic of dangerous women and some of the ways that they were villainized, misjudged, or underestimated. Derek Waters is joined by Sugar Lyn Beard, Mae Whitman, and Jane Levy who get drunk and tell us about well-known Femme Fatales and the fate that befell them for being so infamously known.

Photo Source: Drunk History on Comedy Central screenshot by Crystal Spears from The Game of Nerds
Photo Source: Drunk History on Comedy Central screenshot by Crystal Spears from The Game of Nerds

In the first segment Canadian actor Sugar Lyn Beard tells the story of Mata Hari, the grandmother of the modern striptease, who adopted the imagined persona of a dancer from the Far East and became the number one exotic dancer in Europe. The story turns dark when she is unlucky enough to find herself in Berlin in 1914 as war breaks out and winds up in a series of misunderstandings with the Germans and the French.

Vanessa Hudgens plays sexy spy dancer Mata Hari and the sinister villain of the story, George Ladoux, is played by Dermot Mulroney. There is international spying, intrigue, and yet another man in history who had it out for a sassy lady as well as notable mustache-twisting, as demonstrated below. Highlights of this story are a very, very drunk Sugar and the word Franch, as she notes a number of times on her own.

Photo Source: Drunk History on Comedy Central screenshot by Crystal Spears from The Game of Nerds
Photo Source: Drunk History on Comedy Central screenshot by Crystal Spears from The Game of Nerds

In the second segment actors Jane Levy and Mae Whitman tell the story of Murderesses Row in 1924 Chicago, where Maureen Dallas Williams reported on the juicy stories of women convicted of violent crimes, many against their lovers.

Photo Source: Drunk History on Comedy Central screenshot by Crystal Spears from The Game of Nerds
Photo Source: Drunk History on Comedy Central screenshot by Crystal Spears from The Game of Nerds

Starring Lake Bell and Rick Overton, we learn how two women hustled an entire city into believing that pretty and proper women are incapable of violent cruelty and how the death of one innocent women inspired a movement towards the inclusion of women on juries and would later inspire the musical Chicago. 

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