Maybelline ad, 1966.
Nana, my dad Bill, me with dyed black hair and Unk Ile - Christmas at our house, 1965. As Maybelline ads became softer and more natural, I screamed sexy and exotic. Not good for an 18 year old as it turned out.
My grandmother had convinced me to dress up for Christmas in a black cocktail dress, heals and of course my Chicken of the Sea hair-do. When Unk Ile took one look at me he said, "My god, Sharrie, you look like your 35."
Was that a good or bad thing? I wasn't sure, but it wasn't what Maybelline was going for, targeting the teenage market in 1966. In fact, Tom Lyle wanted just the opposite, soft, natural and sweet. So my hopes of becoming the next teen Maybelline model were smashed.
Nana watched me mope around a while, than said, "Sharrie, Darling, why don't you go back to Chicago next summer and stay with your aunts and uncles, meet your cousins and and get to know the Chicago branch of the family.
My spirits lifted and I was on my way. Here I am, Queen of the super rollers, with my sister, Donna with pin straight surfer girl hair - happy to see me go for the summer, so she could drive my 57 Chevy to the beach everyday and surf. I over packed for every occasion and was excited to take my first plane ride back to where it all began.
|Exotic and over dressed for every ocassion in Chicago.|
Nana encouraged me to take notes so I could document my trip in a long letter to Unk Ile when I got back. I did, and those notes helped me write part of a book I'd publish 45 years later, about my American, Dream Family. When my house burned down in 1993 most of my pictures of the trip were lost. However, one, the picture of auntie Eva and uncle Ches at their home on Mercer Lake survived.
Read more about my trip to Chicago, and meet the amazing Williams family yourself in my book, The Maybelline Story. I guarantee you, you won't be able to put it down, because you'll want to know, "OK, what happened next!"