The first part of this scene from The Gaucho shows Lupe Vélez using whatever she can find to pretty-herself-up for the impending arrival of Doug Fairbanks aka The Gaucho! This makeup application process is exactly what Lupe would do as a young child. She was a great improviser. She would often crush ripened strawberries to color her lips before climbing onto the roof of her home to put on an impromptu performance for the locals. In this clip she uses crushed rose petals. From a very young age, Lupe Vélez was an actress…she couldn’t have been anything else.
It has come to my attention this morning (thanks to my friend, Bill Cappello) that Daria Cassini, the first born daughter of Gene Tierney and Oleg Cassini, has passed away. She died September 11, 2010, just shy of her 67th birthday. Given her many health problems, it is nothing short of miraculous that she lived that long, an obvious testament to the care she was given throughout her life.
My heartfelt condolences go out to to the Cassini and Tierney families.
CASSINI–Daria. My loving sister Daria Cassini ended her journey on September 11, 2010 just prior to her 67th brthday, October 15th. She will always be remembered in the thoughts and prayers of our mother’s and father’s families (Gene Tierney Lee and Oleg Cassini) and in the hearts of my four children and six grandchildren and those who cared for her. A strictly intimate service will be held at a later date in Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to ELWYN, 1667 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08361 2942 so that other children and adults with challenges can be helped. Tina Cassini.
Debbie Reynolds’ memorabilia auction raised a staggering $18.6 million dollars today. Millions more than the catalog estimate…Congratulations to her! Though her dreams of a museum to house her collection failed to eventuate, her foresight in purchasing these iconic pieces (long before Hollywood memorabilia was popular) has paid off…BIG TIME! And, there’s still hundreds more items to be auctioned at a later date.
WOW! This blows everything else away…Marilyn Monroe’s “subway dress,” you know, the one she wore in The Seven Year Itch, sold for $4.6 million dollars today! Over 500 items were sold today, all courtesy of the collection amassed by Debbie Reynolds. Stay tuned for more auction prices.
See article and photo below, courtesy of Kay Shackleton.
With the “Oz” blue gingham dress and ruby slippers totaling close to $2 million (see previous two posts), the total auction value of this collection is hard to estimate. One thing’s for certain, it WILL get Debbie Reynolds out of debt!
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