The Texas gal with pipes of gold.
❞Charline’s dynamic stage performances during this time were groundbreaking and controversial. She moved to Dallas to headline the Big D Jamboree, an unusual honor for a woman at the time. She was the first female country singer to perform onstage wearing pants, and was the only one photographed with a cigarette. While other female country performers stood demurely to sing, Charline pranced across stage, climbed on top of amplifiers, or sang lying down. Her shows were rowdy and sometimes racy. “I was shakin’ that thing on stage,” she said, “long before Elvis even thought about it.” Her reputation as a hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking performer with a hot temper contrasted with that of gingham-dress-clad Kitty Wells. She also performed for the Louisiana Hayride, Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee, and the Grand Ole Opry (which censored her music). She toured with artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. In 1955 she was named runner-up (to Wells) as the year’s best female singer in Country and Western Jamboree magazine’s DJ’s Choice poll. Presley paid her tribute as “one of the finest entertainers on stage I’ve ever seen.” (x)
Clark Gable poses with his Red Dust leading ladies Mary Astor and Jean Harlow, 1933
Screen test of Judy Garland’s hair and costume in Wizard of Oz, with a blonde hairstyle that was not used in the movie. 1938.
Bord de Seine Paris 1940s
Photo: Marcel Bovis
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