Monday, January 9, 2012

Old Hollywood Glamour in Newport Beach CA..

A glimpse of Old Hollywood, Art Deco and The Great Gatsby, through the eyes of Maybelline heir, Bill Williams in the 1990s.

My father, Bill Williams, in his late 60s - still handsome, athletic and actively remodeling a stunning, Art Deco, second home in Newport Beach in the late 1980s.
Nothing spelled, Old Hollywood glamour, and turned heads, like Bill and Gloria, cursing down Coast highway, in Newport Beach, with the top down, in Bill's, 1977 Clenet, series 1, # 13. 


When visiting Bill and Gloria, "Aspiration," greeted you at the entry, all lit up, in a running fountain.  

The Art Deco, black and white marble tiles, and Frank Sinatra singing, "Unforgettable" from the surround sound stereo, piped into every room, immediately swept you away to another era.
A glass block bar, with lavender lighting, black marble counter and wall to wall mirror, made the white marble floors look like an ice skating rink at night.
But nothing screamed outrageous, 1930, Hollywood glamour, like the master bath, with it's hand carved, dark green and black, pillar sinks, it's beveled dressing table with Hollywood lights, a tub encased in mirrors, and it's white and black marble floor.

Bill and Gloria in their 70s, at the Condo, hosting  a Christmas, Boat Parade party.
All this splendor looked out at sweeping views of the harbor, from every room, and a veranda where you could sit and have a glass of wine while watching the yachts go by.  The condo included a movie screen that came out of the ceiling, controls that opened blinds, brought down the movie screen, turned on the TV,  surround sound and the recessed lighting that were set on dimmers.  It was a virtual wonderland, that took your breath away, transported you out of your hum drum life and made you feel young, at any age.
Feel the full flavor of this glamorous lifestyle, as it comes to life in my book,  The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It.  

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