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Mr. Blackwell's Worst Dressed List
Fashion, Models & Designers
"Anytime you're on a list you want to be at the top, right? Maybe not this one. For 35 years Hollywood critic, Mr. Blackwell has named his list of 10 clumsily clad celebrities. All quotations are from Mr. Blackwell's biography."
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The first to head this (in)famous list was actress Anna Magnani, in 1960, and Debbie Reynolds was the second in 1961. In 1962 and '63 the top spot went to the same person, who, by the way is the only person ever to "win" in back-to-back years. She is an international actress whose films include "Moulin Rouge" (1952), "The Road to Hong Kong" (1962) and "Arrivederci Baby" (1966). In 1974 she bought a Bel Air mansion once owned by Elvis Presley.
Who is this drably dressed dame?
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Another two-time winner took the top spot in 1964 and 1967. She is both a singer of songs and an actress who has played both in Hollywood films and Broadway plays. In fact she has won an Oscar for Best Actress. One of her Broadway plays was "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" (1961-63).
Can you name this awfully attired actress?
Julie Andrews was number one in 1968, Queen Elizabeth II was bestowed with that honor in 1969 and 1970 saw Sophia Loren get the nod.
1971's winner was an American actress whom Mr. Blackwell described as "Pocahontas wearing remnants from Custer's Last Stand". She made over 10 Hollywood movies winning Golden Globe Awards for both her second film, "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and her third the following year. She also did TV work appearing in the mini-series "The Winds of War" (1983).
Who is this grotesquely garbed gal?
Raquel Welch was the most mis-matched Ms. of 1972, and Bette Middler of '73.
David Bowie finished 10th in '73.
For 1974's list topper we go to world of music. This talented songbird had 15 songs make it onto Billboard's Hot 100 List in the decade of the 1970s alone and three of them reached number one. Among them is the tune that became her signature song. She also acted in the 1978 Hollywood film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Can you name this threadbare thrush?
Taking the honors in '75 was Caroline Kennedy and in '76 it was Louise Lasser.
Elton John brought up the rear, sitting in the number 10 spot in '76.
And now back to the world of acting for 1977's hapless victim.
This actress appeared in more than 15 Hollwood movies including "Myra Breckinridge" (1970), "Cannonball Run" (1981) and "Dr T. & the Women" (2000). She received five Golden Globe nominations to go along with four Emmy nominations. Before she became a big star, she was seen in an ad for Noxema Shaving Cream, scraping the whiskers off the face of Joe Namath.
Who was this year's most woefully worsted woman?
Moving on, 1978 saw the award go to Dolly Parton and 1979 was Bo Derek's turn.
The 1980 winner was a relatively young actress. Mr. B. had this to say about her, "she looks like a Halloween trick without the treat". That seems a bit harsh given her age, however Mr. B. could be quite merciless. That having been said, this youngster began her career at the tender age of 11 months. It was in an ad for baby soap. Her first film was "Pretty Baby" (1978). She has gone on to make over 30 films, one of which was quite controversial. She starred in 93 episodes of a TV series which ran for five years and acted in a number of Broadway shows. From 1981-1984 she was The People's Choice Award Winner as Favorite Young Performer. Can you ID this most frighteningly fashioned female?
Mr. Blackwell's victims in 1981 and 1982 were Barbara Mandrell and would you believe Princess Diana, respectively. Dustin "Tootsie" Hoffman was 10th in '82.
Another actress was the clothing critic's choice in 1983. She has made over 60 Hollywood movies, including "Rally Round the Flag Boys" (1958), "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" (1964) and "The Big Sleep" (1978). She was the star of a long-running TV series for which she received multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. She is devoted to the cause of kids and has a wing of the Children's Hospital of Detroit, MI named in her honor. She has also written a few lifestyle books, including "The Art of Living Well: Looking Good, Feeling Great" (2007). Can you name this badly bedecked beauty?
Barbara bel Geddes
It was a singer-actress who was the selection of Mr. Blackwell in 1984.
This gal has won at least one of each of the following: an Academy Award for Best Actress, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Golden Globe. She has appeared in over a dozen movies and even tried for one more, when she sought the role of "Catwoman" in Batman Returns" (1992), but Michelle Pfeiffer wound up being the cat's meow. She starred on Broadway in "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Jean". Who is this poorly put together performer?
1985 to 1990 saw the following named to the top of the list (in sequence): Princess Stephanie of Monaco; Meryl Streep; Lisa Bonet; Sara, Duchess of York; Latoya Jackson and Sinead O'Connor.
The 1991 designee was one of America's favorite actresses and Mr. B.'s remarks about her so were so cruel that I shall not repeat them here. This popular actress has appeared in over 40 movies and has also appeard on stage in a Broadway play. She is a native of GA, where her folks taught acting classes.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta had two kids under their tutelage and when this young lady was born, the King's picked up the hospital bill as a thanks for their instructions. At first the actress-to-be had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, but fortunately changed her mind. Her first film was "Bad Blood" (1986) and she didn't have to spend a lot of time memorizing her lines as her dialogue in the film consisted of two words. In later, somewhat larger roles she would win a Best Actress Oscar and several Golden Globe Awards. She has made guest appearances on TV in "Friends" (1996) and "Law and Order" (1999). Can you name this disasterously dressed damsel?
We are now down to the last three. In 1992 Mr. B. didn't care for Madonna's material and thus she was the chosen one.
For 1993 we once again go back to a highly regarded and popular actress. It's hard to rationalize Mr. B.'s scathing remarks about this classy babe "... A modern day Medussa-wrapped in a hefty bag!" Wow.
Our final thespian hails from Connecticut and has a most impressive resume. She has played on Broadway, TV and in more than three dozen Hollywood movies including "Hook" (1991), "Air Force One" (1997) and "The Stepford Wives" (2004). She has won Tony Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys and been nominated for an Academy Award on more than five occasions. She is probably best known her roles as a femme fatale. In 1964 she made her professional debut singing with a group in "Up with People". She has twice hosted SNL (1989 and 1992) and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you determine this disturbingly disheveled darling?
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