I really wanted to find a 1950s movie Cleopatra to look at – well we’ve had 20s, 30s and 40s, so I didn’t want to break the pattern and leave out the 50s. On checking IMDB, I found out that Sophia Loren played both Cleopatra and a lookalike slave girl in the 1954 (some sources say 1953) movie “Due notti con Cleopatra” (Two Nights with Cleopatra).
The third post in my ‘Egypt in Vintage Film’ series is the 1945 version of Cleopatra, starring Vivien Leigh (last week was Claudette Colbert in Cleopatra of 1934).
Purple dress worn by Mae West as Peaches O’Day in Every Day’s a Holiday, 1937
Some of you may have already seen the results of the Debbie Reynolds costume auction on Saturday. The highest price achieved went unsurprisingly to Marilyn Monroe’s famous white ‘Seven Year Itch’ dress, which was sold for a whopping US$5.6 million. You can see all the winning bids here.
Green felt coat with mink-trim capelet and hat worn by Jean Simmons as Desirée Clary in Desirée, 1954
You didn’t think I would stop at just one post about these incredible costumes did you? I spent a long time trawling through the catalogue last week picking out my favourite costumes, and there was way too much goodness to fit into just one post; or indeed two (I’ll show you the last round next week).