A Conversation With Edith Head
Most connoisseurs or aficionados of classic cinema know the name Edith Head. She won eight Oscars—nominated for a staggering 35—over a six decade career in costume design, working on an unprecedented 1131 films. Whether it be the sarong Dorothy Lamour made famous in The Hurricane (1937), the evening dress with the exposed shoulder worn by Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950), the delicious Fifth Avenue fashion attire adorning the icy cool Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954), or the grey business suit James Stewart obsessed over, worn by Kim Novak's duplicitous character in Vertigo (1958), all had the mark of genius of fashion stylist
Susan Claassen brings her critically-acclaimed one-woman show, A Conversation With Edith Head to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, January 17-19, 2014.
Claassen wrote the play after doing extensive research for a year, and with the gracious assistance of the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences and the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the latter with which Head willed her estate. Head was a mainstay for over 40 years at Paramount, and for another 20 years at Universal, yet no one had ever done a theatrical piece with her as the subject. At the time the play was written, only three books had been written about, or published (posthumously) by Head. One of those writers, Paddy Calistro, who wrote the book, Edith Head's Hollywood, is still alive, and provided Claassen access to over 13 hours of taped interviews with Head.