Friday, October 2, 2009

On The Veranda, Pt. 1

Of course I couldn’t prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt, but this outfit surely seems to have been inspired by the dress & hat Grace Kelly wore at her wedding to Bing Crosby’s character in “High Society” (1956). The date that Odom gave this particular doll (1955) doesn’t rule out the possibility, either. Designed by Lynne Day in 1999, this particular story is about a famous Italian director hosting a party in Italy to charm Gene into doing his next film. Instead, she convinces him to direct her film, “Bitter Snow.” What a vixen. And what an outfit.

Compare and contrast with Ms. Kelly:

From the storycard:

Gene is the guest of honor at an afternoon fête hosted by an internationally renowned Italian director. The lavish hors d’oeuvres, champagne, music, dancing, and the breathtaking view of the fabulous gardens from the veranda, are all part of his elaborate Machiavellian plot to woo the talented American movie actress into staying in Italy and starring in his next film. He had seen a number of her pictures, and was highly impressed by her talent. His intuition—that innate sense that made him such a brilliant director—whispered to him that their collaboration would be electrifying, all but ensuring the movie’s success.

Once he met her though, the best-laid plans all went to dust. Thus were the charms of Miss Gene Marshall. To see more Gene Marshall photos, visit my regular website.

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