Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Glad indeed

Among the fabulous items to come on sale at a forthcoming Heritage Auctions jewellery sale in Dallas Texas are these gorgeous pieces from The Gladys Glad Jewellery Collection.

A principal highlight is Glad's Retro Diamond, Ruby, Platinum, Gold Jewellery Suite by Merrin of New York, estimated at $15,000+. The lot includes the original artwork for the earring design.

Of course that raises the question, "Gladys who?"

Ms Glad was apparently in the 1920s and early 1930s one of the highest paid showgirls on Broadway. She rose to fame as the most celebrated of Florenz Ziegfeld's renowned "Ziegfeld Follies Girls," and performed in the Ziegfeld productions Rio Rita (1927-1928), Rosalie (1928), Whoopee (1928-1929), and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931.

With her husband, columnist, movie producer and scriptwriter Mark Hellinger, she made up one half of a powerful Hollywood couple in the media of the day. After her showgirl career was over, she spent a few lucrative years dispensing beauty tips in syndicated newspapers. She lived on until 1983.

With the able assistance of photographer Alfred Cheyney Johnson, however, Miss Glad's ultimate legacy - her iconic beauty and style - is forever captured...

And here, for your delectation, are some of Miss Glad's coiffure tips:

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