From sketch, to stage concept, to screen – Orry-Kelly for Auntie Mame

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  1. Heather in Arles
    January 12, 2014

    I want to be Auntie Mame when I grow up.
    Am loving this series, Ms V. Is there more? The drawings are so lush.

    • January 12, 2014

      As you wish, more Orry-Kelly… This time for his award winning work in Some Like it Hot 😉 .

  2. January 12, 2014

    One of my favorite movies. The clothes worn by Auntie Mame and Vera Charles were so divine.

    • January 12, 2014

      I read the book again over Christmas – it’s wonderful, and Rosalind Russell is one of my heroines… I think she said she developed the characterization of Mame based on her older sister…

  3. January 12, 2014

    Patrick: “cubism, squiffed..heterosexual.”
    Mame: “OH my my my you won’t need some of these words for months and months…Now Patrick tell your Auntie Mame, am I anything like what you expected?”

    • January 12, 2014

      Verbatim! So LOVE that book, as you know!

      • January 13, 2014

        OMG…I just quoted off the top of my head! LOL.

        “Mr. Babcock! Knowledge is power!”

      • January 13, 2014

        Open my heart, and you will see
        Graved inside of it ‘Au-n-tie’… 😉

      • January 13, 2014

        “Well, when your from Pittsburgh you have to do something”

  4. January 12, 2014

    I adore everything about this version of “Auntie Mame”. Rosalind Russell sports the best sets of bracelets of any movie.

    • January 12, 2014

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for those the next I see it!

  5. January 13, 2014

    Oh, I adore Auntie Mame! The moment my sister announced she was pregnant I decided I’d be Auntie Mame (let’s face it, I’m more than halfway there). And yes, the bracelets! *swoon*

    • January 14, 2014

      I can’t, for the life of me, remember those bracelets! Which means this weekend it’ll be on the top of my viewing list 😉 .

      • January 14, 2014

        Oh, what a shame. 😉

  6. January 13, 2014

    Vera Charles: If you kept your hair natural like I do…
    Auntie Mame: If I kept my hair natural like yours, I’d be bald.

    (reminds us of Dolly Parton’s greatest line: “When people ask me ‘How long does it take to do your hair?’ I always smile and say, ‘Honey, I have no idea. I’m never there.'”)

    • January 14, 2014

      So much to love in the writing! And, Dolly Parton’s nearly Marie Antoinette wigs were sheer genius — a well known performer who becomes unidentifiable when out of costume — like Moms Mabley…

  7. George Kaplan
    January 18, 2014

    Put the blame – bam, bam! – on Mame! Oops! Wrong film… Never mind… *winks*
    Love Auntie Ros!

    • January 19, 2014

      Everybody should have an Auntie Ros 😉 !

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