Assumptions may be made by the title of a show…and those assumptions will be wrong! Especially in the case of Legally Blonde.
This story originally came from a novel written by Stanford Law student Amanda Brown. Similar to the way that her character Elle Woods wrangles her acceptance into Harvard Law School, Amanda actually submitted her manuscript to the publishing house on pink paper! Pink is a sign of hope, determination, intelligence and success and apparently it worked for her as it also does with her character Elle Woods!
Since Amanda did not fit the persona of the typical law student she spent most of her law school years writing letters home describing the trials of not being accepted socially because of her ‘type’. The premise of this story is a truer one than could be imagined of self-actualization, determination and finding success after failure.
As with all of the greatest books, movies, plays and musicals – no matter how pink and fluffy they may appear on the surface – there is an underlying struggle with self-acceptance, transformation and staying true to your beliefs.
In an article the author shared that the character of Warner Huntington III was based upon research of the behavior of a former President…guess which one! The last initial is B as in Blonde.
Two doggies, essential to the story are an unusual addition to the cast. Special auditions were held to cast Bruiser and Rufus. The author shared that she made subtle shout-outs to John Grisham novels, most humorously with the names of Elle’s and Paulette’s dogs - Bruiser and Rufus - who both share names with Grisham’s sleazy attorney characters - Elle’s Chihuahua apparently being named after J. Lyman “Bruiser” Stone from the novel The Rainmaker, and Paulette’s bulldog after District Attorney Rufus Buckley from A Time to Kill.