In my mind Rosalind Russell always was and always will be Auntie Mame. It wasn’t just the one role. It was a quality she projected in all her films. She played the madcap lady with a finesse that, in a funny sort of way, gave her more control than the dames who played it tough.
I contacted her through her producer husband, Freddie Brisson, who told me she loved the campaign and would gladly pose for it. At the time, she’d been taking medication for an arthritic condition and it had somewhat bloated her face, though not her trim figure.
Avedon arranged the shooting in Los Angeles. I was not able to attend, so Dick handled everything. Russell wore white satin Norell pajamas, and Avedon made a sort of blanket of the fur and had her kick it into the air. It was a perfect shot-the quintessential Mame.
I eventually did meet Rosalind Russell at one of the ‘legendary lady’ evenings produced by John Springer. She was being honored at a party at the Rainbow Room in New York, to which I escorted Joan Crawford. Though Miss Russell was in ill health at the time, she never let on. The lady had great style.
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE SO MUCH SUBLIME IN ONE PHOTO?
L-R bottom row:Ingrid Bergman, Marlene Dietrich, (???) someone I should recognize but don’t
R-L top row: Mah Boo Stanwyck (!!!), ?? someone I should recognize but don’t, Rosalind Russell
And the middle on the top row MAY be Susan Hayward. That would be my guess.
Isn’t that Joan there across the way too?! And maybe Shirley Temple next to her? Also I’m no expert but is that ~possibly Loretta Young behind the possible Susan Hayward? lol I love photos like this! XD
I love this photo and all the speculation into who the others are. I love that if that is Joanie, she is the only woman in a fur coat. Makes me laugh. Anyone know where this photo was taken? A polo match?
Correct me if i’m wrong but i think it goes like this
first row: ingrid bergman, marlene dietrich, irene dunne.
second row: rosalind russell, jean arthur, barbara stanwyck and those badass sunglasses, and Loretta Young in the back.
in the back: i’m quite possitive that’s ginger rogers and then joan crawford and next to joan it’s Shirley.
I don’t think that that is Jean Arthur in the second row, but I agree with the rest.
Ethel Merman in “Happy Hunting”, Rosalind Russell in “Auntie Mame”, Judy Holliday in “Bells Are Ringing” - drawing by Al Hirschfeld
1956: what a year for Broadway *__*
(I would have add Julie Andrews in “My fair lady”, but it’s true she wasn’t yet an established star like the three above)
Rosalind Russell as Mrs. Howard Fowler in “The Women” by George Cukor