There’s a line in the original film Fame where one of the actors says ‘I know a lot of people think their mother is beautiful, but mine really is.’
It’s something I’ve often thought about my mum, because she has always been so glamorous. My sister and I loved watching musicals when we were kids – particularly Meet Me in St Louis – and saying ‘look at all the Mummys,’ because our mummy had that vintage movie actress thing going on – particularly her cheeks. (‘What are you talking about?’ she’d say and then we’d collapse in hysterics. Good times.)
When we were at school, friends told us she looked like Elizabeth Taylor. I’m not sure that’s true – in this photo, taken when she was 23, she seems to have Bette Davis eyes. But yes, definitely beautiful. She has spent years telling me and my sister never to leave the house without lipstick on. Perhaps we should take her advice.
*This is my entry for The Gallery – the theme this week is Beauty.