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oh, anna!

posted by:  audra

today marks the two year anniversary of anna nicole smith’s death.  sam & i absolutely adored anna, & were avid watchers of the anna nicole show…mostly because she was a total trainwreck.  but also for bobby trendy (say yes for pink!).  and for the way anna belittled her assistant: the unfortunate looking kimmie.  so entertaining.

anna was really breathtakingly beautiful before she became crazy & fat, & then  crazy & skinny.  but anyway.  let’s all just pause for a second or two to remember anna, through her good times & her not-so-good times…


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de-lux death

posted by:  audra

oh, i could just cry…  frontman & founder of the cramps, lux interior, died yesterday morning of a heart condition.  as a cramps devotee, this is heartbreaking news for me.  the cramps were one of the most original & influential punk bands ever…so much so that they even coined the term ‘psychobilly'(!).   i’ll miss luxy terribly.

this is one of my favorite cramps songs, ‘like a bad girl should’.  it’s campy, sleazy & delicious:

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audra: blow me

i love me some isabella blow.  after last night’s hot mess of a resolution post, i got to thinking about wearing hats more often (à la blow) & her incredible iconic stature.  famous among fashionistas for eccentric hat-wearing, she died may 7th, 2007; just a single day following a one person cocktail party she hosted with a bottle of the herbicide paraquat.  isabella was dying of ovarian cancer, & instead of succumbing to the disease, she decided it best to off herself on her own terms…something her grandfather & father-in-law had done themselves in the past.

born in london, isabella bounced around from job to job – once even as a maid – & eventually moved to new york city in 1979 when she was 21.  by 1981, she was working directly for andre leon talley at vogue(!), and went on to be anna wintour’s assistant(!!).  as if she couldn’t possibly get any more rad, blow was apparently bffs with andy warhol & jean-michel basquiat.

in all this investigation, i found out that isabella is the genius behind discovering some of my favorite-favorite style icons like alexander mcqueen(!), sophie dahl & stella tennant.  it has also been noted that the reason she always wore such face-obstructing hats was to hide her face; she thought she was ugly.  that broke my heart.

but then i read this quote from her on wikipedia, offering a cooler guise for the bizarre hats:

…to keep everyone away from me. they say, oh, can i kiss you? i say, no, thank you very much. that’s why i’ve worn the hat. goodbye. i don’t want to be kissed by all and sundry. i want to be kissed by the people i love.

i love that.  you see?  this is why i should be wearing hats all the time.  it would help filter out all the unwanted kissersby.  i love what she says in the clip below too, “i hate crap.  i like craftsmanship.”  and how her “…ingredients are clothes.”  lovely.  be sure to note her impeccable taste in haircuts as well.

i still miss her terribly.  however, whilst doing a bit of research, i read that she’d attempted suicide many times in 2007 before the weedkiller cocktail incident; various overdoses, purposely driving her car into the back end of a truck…she even tried drowning herself.  i’m happy she went out with a little bit of drama instead of becoming another cancer victim.  good for her.  that’s some damn good craftsmanship, wouldn’t you say?

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audra: oh, bettie…

i’m so heartbroken…my beloved bettie page died yesterday at the age of 85.  i feel so daft too; i didn’t even know she had been in a coma for the past week following a heart attack, after a bout with pneumonia.  poor thing.  is that what she gets for becoming a born-again christian?

after some investigation, i learned that the fetish icon didn’t even begin her pinup career until she was 27.  bettie was just a secretary strolling along coney island beach when a photog spotted her & asked to take her picture.   next thing you know, she’s wearing next to nothing, bound & gagged, in front of a camera.   27.  there’s hope for me yet.  and did you know that she was determined schizophrenic in 1979 following an arrest for a row with her landlady?  seriously you guys, it doesn’t get any better than a slightly violent, mentally unstable, lingerie-clad black-haired vamp with bangs wielding a leather whip.  it just doesn’t.

i will miss her terribly…but it’s sort of like she’s already been dead for thirty years or more, since she has shied away from interviews, photographers & such for so long.  she didn’t want to be photographed as an old woman.  amen.  speaking of amen, even with the years of working for billy graham & becoming one of those crazy christian missionaries, i will forgive her.   and i will think of her tonight when i trim my bangs & play dress up…i’ll have to dig out a corset for that first, of course.

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