the Style of the 50s and 60s
I have always loved the styles of the
1950s and 1960s. To me the following women had remarkable
style and are a few of my favorite actresses.
Elizabeth Montgomery was a brilliant
actress. She is best known for her role of Samantha
Stephens on the TV show Bewitched. This
show was a cultural wallpaper for the times,
and on it we saw Samantha's style change dramatically
over Bewitched's eight year run. She
went from a classic prim 1950s housewife look
(despite the fact that it was 1964) to a relaxed
1970s mother. She also played Samantha's groovy
cousin Serena under the name of Pandora Spocks.
She continued to work after Bewitched
and was well known for her TV movies and lent
her distinctive voice to other projects. She
lost her short battle with colon cancer in 1995.
Read her comprehensive biography (written by
Ann-Margret's spunk and style
are the epitome of what I love about the 1960s.
She was great in Bye, Bye Birdie (with
Paul Lynde, who was also on Bewitched)
and Viva Las Vegas (with Elvis Presley).
One of my favorite movies is Auntie Mame
with Rosalind Russell. It's interesting to note
that the older Patrick is played by Roger Smith,
who is A-M's husband! Fortunately, A-M is alive
and well today and continues to look great and
act in dramatic roles on the stage and screen.
Read her biography here.
Grace Kelly was brilliant in the
Hitchcock movies. I particularly loved her style
in Rear Window, in which she played a
fashion editor and wears the most spectacular
costumes. She was also great in Philadelphia
Story, Dial M for Murder, and To
Catch a Thief. She left her acting career,
and the US, to marry the prince of Monoco. I
admire her even more for that stellar tiara
collection she displayed throughout her reign.
She was also a dedicated humanitarian. She died
in a car accident in 1982 on the same narrow
road that was used in a scene with Cary Grant
in To Catch a Thief. Read her biography
Audrey Hepburn first drew me in
with her role as Holly Golightly in the 1961
film Breakfast at Tiffany's. This is
one of my favorite movies and I saw it as a
teen who was aspiring to be a fashion designer.
I loved her clothing, apartment (that clawfoot
bathtub converted into a couch will be
mine one day), and most of all her acting. I
grew to admire her work in other roles, such
as Charade, Funny Face, Roman
Holiday, The Children's Hour, Paris
When It Sizzles, and more. She was a charitable
person and her work with UNICEF showed her tremendous
spirit. Sadly, like Elizabeth Montgomery, she
lost a battle with colon cancer and left this
world far too soon in 1993. Read her biography
I don't think there is a character
I love more than Rosalind Russell as Mame Dennis
in the 1958 classic Auntie Mame. Her
"Life's a banquet and most poor suckers
are starving to death!" resonates with
me. Her flashy clothes and signature smoking
stick, in addition to her Bohemian lifestyle
are still the height of fashion 45 years later.
She was also brilliant in Gypsy with
All right, so he's not a swingin'
sixties chick, but I could not mention the style
of this era without mentioning how much I adore
James Garner. Click his pic for the James