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If you're in Beverly Hills on 6/16/11 or 6/17/11...

Old Jun 15th, 2011, 05:22 PM
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If you're in Beverly Hills on 6/16/11 or 6/17/11...

Go see Debbie Reynolds' collection of costumes, props and movie memorabilia at The Paley Center. It's simply wonderful, and you'll never be able to see it all in one place ever again. The first of three (or four?) auctions will be held on Saturday 6/18/11. How sad she couldn't find anyone to finance a permanent museum.

http://www.paleycenter.org/2011-spring-debbie-reynolds

I didn't have any favorite costumes (they were all fantastic), but I was blown away by how tiny all the women apparently were, especially Claudette Colbert in the 1934 "Cleopatra," Carole Lombard in "No Man of Her Own," and Elizabeth Taylor in "Raintree County." Best shoes were John Barrymore's in "Marie Antoinette" or perhaps Sonia Henie's ice skates (for her incredibly narrow feet). The most unusual costumes were the feathered tutu worn by Maria Tallchief as Pavlova in "Million Dollar Mermaid" and the 'suit of lights' worn by Valentino in "Blood and Sand." Now, that was one tiny man.

The best thing was seeing the incredible attention by the designers and craftsmen to details that couldn't possibly be captured by the camera but which would keep the work authentic to the period. (I wonder if they still do that as well. ) But I had to download the catalog (link above) to find out who designed everything. Not all items in the catalog were included in this viewing, but I'm hoping to catch the rest before the next auctions.
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Thanks Jean for the information. I too, was really sad to hear that no one stepped up to purchase the collection.
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 10:24 PM
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She had a small museum of her collection on display at the casino that she owned in Las Vegas about 20 years ago. One of her husbands squandered half her money and she lost the hotel. Next she was going to open a museum in Hollywood near the Chinese Theatre but the financing went bust. Finally,Debbie bought into a huge development near Dollywood in Tennessee just as the economy was going belly up, and again she went bankrupt.

Finally I guess she told her daughter to get a job hawking Jenny Craig and told her son to start farming for a living. She has decided that as she nears 80 years of age she should stop performing in Vegas and retire. I hope she can make enough money selling her collection to pay off all her creditors and have a half-decent retirement.
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 10:42 PM
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Harsh.
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Old Jun 16th, 2011, 12:22 PM
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http://www.paleycenter.org/2011-spring-debbie-reynolds
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http://www.deepglamour.net/deep_glam...a-auction.html
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tracy, I particularly enjoyed the links to the article which confirmed how small some of the actresses seemed based on the costumes. I think I guessed correctly on the three tiniest waists. Thanks!
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I saw her on Oprah, with her daughter Carrie Fisher. I thought she was delightful. Sure, she had some bad luck. She became good friends with Elizabeth Taylor, even after losing Eddie Fisher to her.

She sure had foresight to collect all those items. They are abulous. You name it, she owns it.

Maybe Fodors should purchase it and open a traveling museum!
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