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Edith Head's Hollywood

1st ed.

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Published by Dutton in New York .
Written in English.


About the Book

Costume-designer Head died before finishing this memoir--so the book at hand consists of fragmentary tape-recorded recollections connected by Calistro's fill-ins of Head's career-history. Also, lots of this same--or similar--material appeared in Head's The Dress Doctor (1959). Still, with passing time, Head was able to be somewhat more candid, and there are choice opinions and anecdotes among her memories of a 60-year Hollywood-costume career. She chats about Clara Bow's waist, Mae West's bosom, and Dorothy Lamour's unlovely feet (as well as her sarongs). There's a detailed discussion of dear friend Barbara Stanwyck's problem with ""a comparatively low rear end""--remedied by widened waistbands on her long waist ""to create an optical illusion that her derriÉre was just as pertly placed as any other stars'."" Similarly, Head reveals how she made tiny Veronica Lake look bigger, how she frumpified Olivia de H. for The Heiress, how Bette Davis' party-dress in All About Eve was accidentally created. And though Head speaks of most of her stars (including Redford and Newman) with genuine affection, she takes neat slaps at Hedy Lamarr, show-offy Paulette Goddard, and (above all) Cecil B. DeMille--""a conceited old goat"" who ""never did an authentic costume picture in his entire career."" With undressed/ half-dressed glimpses, too, of Lana Turner, Gloria Swanson, Judy Garland, and many others: pleasant, sometimes-tart browsing for clothes-oriented film fans

Edition Notes

Filmography: p. 163-230.
Includes index.

Genre Biography.


Dewey Decimal Class 791.43/026/0924, B
Library of Congress TT505.H4 A33 1983

The Physical Object

Pagination xiii, 240 p., [96] p. of plates :
Number of pages 240

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3163827M
Internet Archive edithheadshollyw00head
ISBN 10 0525242007
LC Control Number 83005700
Library Thing 1052658
Goodreads 70497

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