Monday, September 19, 2011

The Talented Kathy Johnson, Pt. 2

Released in 1998, Embassy Luncheon is a circa 1951 Laura Meisner design. The doll modeling this ensemble is an Integrity Gene called Special Scene Turquoise. Often referred to as The Lucy Gene because of her flaming red hair, I sent her off to Kathy Johnson in Oregon for the full I Love Lucy treatment. Kathy expertly re-curled her bangs and fixed the ponytail that formerly hung limp with no purpose. Voila! Gene can now wear I Love Lucy outfits in style!

As for the outfit Embassy Luncheon, Gene's new hairstyle fits perfectly with the era in which Laura designed this little stunner.

From the story card:

In the summer of '51, one word was one everybody's lips—Tango, the sizzling date movie of the year. Filmed on location in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gene and her leading man set hearts afire with their rapturous portrayals of Adell and Raoul, a strong-willed diplomat's daughter and her dark-eyed artist paramour.

In a memorable scene, Gene is hosting a luncheon for her ambassador father at the U.S. embassy. She is the model hostess—yet her gracious smile hides sadness. Her father has ruthlessly separated the two lovers, and announced her engagement to a wealthy dilettante of his choosing. Adell is crushed by her seeming abandonment by Raoul. It is during this formal and subdued diplomatic luncheon that Raoul unexpectedly returns from an enforced recruitment aboard a seagoing tanker.

In a flash, it is all too clear to Adell what her father has attempted. Tempers flare, and much is said that will later be regretted. The luncheon is shattered. Catching up her silver fox stole and purse, she lays a hand upon her lover's arm, gazing up at him with incandescent happiness. Together they walk triumphantly out of the embassy as the ambassador bellows in fury and audiences cheer for young love!

An exotic locale, rich technicolor, and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful close-ups ever taken of an actress and actor, transformed Tango from a romantic film into cinematic history.

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  1. Had I known Kathy before, I would have sent her every Scarlett I had to redo the hairstyle. = ) I have yet to decide what it is I wish her to do with her amazing talent. If she can do that, the choices are immense! Thank you for this Dave! Congratulations on this Gene. She lives again in this blog!

  2. Raphael - She does great work! I had her fix my Atlanta Bazaar Scarlett, who looks perfect now! On another note - I have tried to leave comments on your blog, but they keep getting rejected, saying that your yahoo email address doesn't exist.

  3. Hi Dave, I will adjust the blog so that the comments can now happen. So sorry for this. I was getting some Spam in the past that's the reason why I had to turn the filter on. = ) Kathy is really good. Hope to see your Atlanta Bazaar doll with the new hairstyle. Please do share!!