Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Debbie Reynolds ushers Maybelline into the 1950's

Maybelline embraces 1950 with the fresh young face of Debbie Reynolds.

Arnold Anderson, Debbie Reynolds, Tom Lyle and Sparky at TL's home in Bel Air California, 1950.     

Debbie Reynolds was signed at the age of 16 by Warner Bros., but her career got off to a slow start. When her contract was not renewed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) gave her a small, but significant part in the 1950 movie Three Little Words, then signed her to a seven year contract. In her next film, Two Weeks with Love, she had a hit with the song "Aba Daba Honeymoon". However, it was her first leading role, in Singing in the Rain (1952), that set her on the path to fame. By the mid 1950s, she was a major star.

Tom Lyle and Arnold Anderson, Maybelline's in house artist and photographer, did the photo shoot for MGM's newest starlet, Debbie Reynolds, when she appeared in Three Little Words.   The next year Tom Lyle focused on Television and sought a more sophisticated face to represent Maybelline.

Click here to see 18 year old Debbie Reynolds in her first film, Three Little Women, 1950.

Click to see Debbie Reynolds sing Tammy, 1957.

Mali African Print reversible Tama-bag and wrap skirt on the way.  It will be worth the wait, hold on.

Proceeds from the sale of Bags and skirts as well as a portion of the Maybelline Story will go to the nonprofit organization in Mali, Instruments 4 Africa, check it out on the right hand side of the blog.

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