Something to entertain you and hold you until my next review. Enjoy! (This one is for the lady in the San Gabriel Valley.) 


  1. Love Rita!!!

    Love you too!!!

    Talk soon! Mad. H


  2. “No one can be Gilda 24 hours a day.” 😉

    • “The men I married went to bed with Gilda and woke up with me.” Rita Hayworth on the subject of image.

  3. AH. RITA. I love the black dress!! T.

    • Yes an amazing design. I did some research and found this out.
      “The strapless dress designed by Colombia costume designer Jean Louie is a sheath in black satin with a straight neckline, leaving the shoulders bare. The dress is long and side-slit down to the ground. In the scene in the film Gilda in which it appears, the dress is paired with a pair of long gloves worn up to Hayworth’s shoulders.
      To be able to wear the dress, Hayworth had to wear a corset, because just a few months before she had given birth to her daughter, Rebecca, and had not yet regained her pre-pregnancy figure. In addition to the dress, Jean Louis made a harness, worn under the dress. The harness consisted of rigging – one under the breast, one in the middle and one on the side. In addition, the soft plastic had been molded around the top of the skirt.”

      • I suppose you’d have to be a very good actress to wear all that with a smile.

      • Thank you for throwing on your Nancy Drew investigative cap! Fascinating. Fascinating! A harness? Oh, my. Jean Louis was a genius. I’m now obsessed with the dress and the designer!

        So John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Madame X” ( Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau) inspired the dress. Put the blame on Mame, indeed! Gosh. I now need to find a pair of long black gloves. I love the buttons. YES. I am decent! And I’m off now to read more about Jean Louis. The dresses he created for his wife Loretta Lynn are currently on display at the Hollywood Museum. “Loretta Young: Hollywood Legend” runs until April 28th closes on Sunday.

        Again, thanks for the research and glamor-puss-worthy break!!

  4. Not many, if any, that rival Rita Hayworth.

    • One is hard pressed Mary to come up with any movie star of the 40’s who could come close. I would have to say that Ava Gardner is right up there with Rita. But no one else.

      • Totally agree with that. Rita was gorgeous. Ava was smokin’.

  5. That was a fun video, Mr. Lanier. I enjoyed that. 🙂

  6. I LOVE Pink Martini! 🙂

    • I love them too! They are so modern and retro at the same time.

  7. That was a treat, Lanier. She’s just delicious. I think that’s what I imagine myself to look like when I’m at Zumba. Lol!! Instead I probably look like Buddy Hacket. 😀

  8. I put the blame on that heartbreaker Artie Shaw! What fabulous women!

    • Artie got around. Lana Turner, Rita, and Ava Gardner…he got around them all!

  9. Dear Monsieur L
    How on Earth did I miss this, the old computer is playing tricks on me.
    Just divine… my favourite Rita moment is the song ‘Zip’ from Pal Joey (I don;t believe it made the final cut).
    The wittiest number a broad never stripped to in the history of the flicks.
    Looking forward to the next review.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  10. Ah yes Zip….. and here it is!

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