In Gentleman Prefer Blondes, the book by Anita Loos, not the movie, the character Lorelei Lee is a smart, funny woman. Perhaps not always intentionally funny, but able to make people around her smile, nonetheless. She is a distinctly American character, which is what prompted the author Edith Wharton to call this book, "the great American novel." But in 1925 when this was written, Lorelei needed to be portrayed by Loos as a guileless, sometimes conniving, clueless bimbo. In terms of the character, men bought it. They loved her. Women, on the other hand, saw right through it.