The wedding dress worn by film star Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage to hotel heir Conrad Hilton in 1950 will go up for sale next month, auction house Christie’s said on Friday.
The simple, but elegant garment created by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose for the then 18-year-old Taylor is an oyster shell-coloured, floor-length satin gown with a fine silk gauze off-the-shoulder illusion neckline.
The dress, which was a gift from MGM film studios, has a top estimate of 50,000 pounds ($75,300). Rose also designed Grace Kelly’s wedding dress for her marriage to the Prince of Monaco.
By the time Taylor married Hilton she was already a veteran actress and was just a year away from her Oscar-nominated performance in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “A Place in the Sun”.
The A-list of old Hollywood - Greer Garson, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Esther Williams, and Van Johnson - were among the many stars who came to congratulate the bride.
The star of “Cleopatra” surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning deceased celebrity in a survey released by Forbes in October 2012, with her estate pulling in $210 million, much of it from a 2011 auction of jewels, costumes and art work.
The auction of Taylor’s jewels took in $116 million, more than double the record for a single collection, and set new marks for pearls, colourless diamonds and Indian jewels.
Taylor, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, was married eight times, twice to actor Richard Burton, and had a career spanning seven decades.
She first gained fame in 1944’s “National Velvet” at age 12, and was nominated for five Oscars, winnning best actress for “BUtterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), which also starred Burton.
Talk about keeping a wedding on the down low.
People Magazine reported that Jodie Sweetin, a.k.a. Stephanie Tanner on “Full House,” secretly married fiancee Morty Coyle in an intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills on March 15, 2012 — last year.
The couple’s one year anniversary present to themselves was to share their union with the wider world. “We wanted to keep it quiet and intimate for a while, but felt that on our first wedding anniversary, it was time to share,” Sweetin told People.
Musician Coyle apparently proposed to Sweetin on her birthday, in January 2011. The couple originally said they wanted to put off getting hitched until anti-same sex marriage laws were struck down, but subsequently reconsidered.
The wedding was officiated by Coyle’s All Day Sucker fellow band member and songwriting partner Jordan Summers, at whose home the ceremony was held.
According to People, Sweetin, 31, wore a mid-length Oleg Cassini dress. Her daughter Zoie (with ex-husband Cody Herpin), 5, and the newlyweds’ daughter Beatrix, 2, were in attendance.
Fans of intimate ceremonies, take note.
Despite her Jewish last name, Kate Moss is not a Member of the Tribe.
She may be a supermodel, but that’s no guarantee of good taste.
Alas, intrepid journalist though I am, I cannot finagle a way to cover this royal wedding, the Friday nuptials of William and Kate. But I sure remember being there the last time an heir to the British throne ceremoniously tied the knot, and that day — July 23, 1986 — was both my most aristocratic moment, and my most humbling.
A handful of American correspondents based in London were offered seats in Westminster Abbey, for the wedding of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson, and I was one of the lucky ones. I had to buy a hat (one must always wear a hat in the presence of the Queen), the only time I was ever able to put such an item on my expense account. And I had to wear a long, fancy dress. Fortunately, the dress I had purchased for my sister’s wedding that following September — a gorgeous, hot-pink number, with a cut-out drape in the back — was already in my closet, and available.
So off I went that cool, drizzly morning, in my dress and hat, interviewing the famous and very famous guests as they arrived at the Abbey, in shiny black boat-like cars, dressed in gowns and morning suits and every kind of finery I’d ever imagined. Once the reporters were ushered inside the magnificent building, we were treated to the splendor of royal theatrics as only the British can do, elegant, sweeping and historic.
It was a marriage proposal for the record books — or at least that’s what the engaged couple is hoping.
An Israeli physics student is seeking a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after popping the question to his girlfriend, in what the pair claim is the “smallest wedding proposal” in history.
Rather than a champagne dinner or a diamond ring, 25-year-old Elad Dekel asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage with a tiny silicone chip, on which he’d inscribed the fateful question alongside an image of the couple. Plated in silicon and gold, the chip measures 1 square centimeter and had to be viewed under a microscope before Dekel’s girlfriend, Chen Mendelowitz, realized what she was seeing.
Dekel, a physics student at the Israel Institute of Technology, created the chip while working at a nanotechnology research center during an exchange program in Dresden, Germany. He presented the chip to Mendelowitz while leading her on a tour of the facility.
Mendelowitz told Israel’s Ynetnews Web site that she felt a “hot flash” of excitement after reading the marriage proposal — but said it was so tiny she didn’t immediately realize what it was. “I looked for quite a while,” she said, “zooming in and out, magnifying the image, and finally detected a weird shape. I magnified it and slowly began to realize it was a photo of the both of us. I magnified it more and saw there was something written, and then I realized it said, ‘Chen, will you marry me? Elad.’ “
The couple is now preparing for the wedding back in Israel.
At the September 5th wedding of Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and attorney Vanessa Nadal, the groom organized a surprise for his love.
You can see the recent wedding’s version here.
It wins my vote for the best-ever rendition of a classic Jewish song at a non-Jewish wedding.
If you’ve been reading all of the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky wedding news and wondering, “Chelsea who?”, then happy fifth birthday. But for everyone else, the big question is: Who is this Marc fellow, and how did he win the heart of America’s least drunk first daughter?
1) Marc is the Jewish half of this interfaith union. He was raised Conservative — along with his 10 siblings — on Philadelphia’s tony Main Line. His Bar Mitzvah video has not been found on YouTube. Yet.
2) While no Mezvinsky has ever been leader of the free world or uttered the phrase “sexual relations” on national TV, Marc has grown up around politics and scandal, just like his bride. His parents (now divorced), Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and Edward Mezvinsky, both served in Congress and have been longtime allies of the Clintons. (You could say Marc’s mom is an excellent wingman: She cast the deciding vote in favor of Bill’s 1993 tax bill.) Edward Mezvinsky, meanwhile, was convicted of fraud in connection with various Nigerian email scams; he served a seven year prison term and was released in 2008.
With the (reportedly) $2 million wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky just days away, the press is all over this historic affair, spending many hours getting all the deets — or at least trying to.
Every day this week, as the country’s best investigative reporters blanket the Hudson Valley, Shmooze will update its readers on the latest developments emerging around what New York Magazine has dubbed The Most Important Wedding in the World. If there are no notable developments on any given day, don’t worry: We’ll update you anyway. Why? Because we are The Press, and this is The Story.
To start, let’s review what we know so far:
1) The wedding will probably be this Saturday in Rhinebeck, a picturesque Hudson Valley town, although the Clintons have not officially confirmed this. The Wall Street Journal, for one, has an article called “Rhinebeck Conspiracy Theory” that quotes the town’s mayor saying it might be a “decoy location.” Truth-telling or smoke and mirrors? Nobody knows. Fear not: After a careful investigative analysis — The New York Times’ two reporters embedded in Rhinebeck wrote that “you can practically feel the shopkeepers biting their tongues” and described another local who was forbidden from disclosing details as “stricken-sounding.” If that’s not evidence, nothing is.
“If you can survive being an MOTB, being the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism seems like a relief,” Hillary Clinton quipped recently to fellow MOTB – Mother of the Bride – U.S. Special Envoy To Combat Antisemitism Hannah Rosenthal at an event honoring Rosenthal in Washington.
Clinton has been taking time from Middle East policy to help her daughter Chelsea with tastings and dress fittings for her upcoming wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31. Specifics of the wedding have been kept so quiet that “details are harder to ferret out than the president’s Afghanistan strategy,” the New York Times Style Section declared this Sunday.
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