Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kisses on Their Openings


"KATHARINE CORNELL, first lady of the theatre, curves a waist-length dark mink jacket over her shoulders and carries a matching muff, the identical mink brown of her hair. Her long evening dress of beige lace is serenely simple, scalloped at the neckline. Playgoers are queuing up at the National to see Miss Cornell is Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife, admirably playing the role of Constance, cuckolded but deftly indestructible."


"MARLENE DIETRICH, the star of New York's first-night audiences, usually steals the show in her straight white ermine chesterfield - copied exactly from a man's - with narrow cuffless sleeves and low flapped pockets. Under it she wears a short wheat chiffon dress, with stockings and sandals approximately the shade of her wheat-colored hair. In Cafe Instanbul, on the radio Sunday nights, Miss Dietrich stars as a female Humphrey Bogart involved in high intrigue with secret police, international spies and tall, handsome, mysterious strangers."

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