The Man Behind Hollywood Hair

600full-sydney-guilaroffI don’t know whether or not it’s true, but famed Hollywood hairdresser Sydney Guilaroff at various times claimed that it was he, working at a New York City salon, who cut Louise Brooks’ hair into the patent leather helmet that she’s still known for and gave Claudette Colbert the bangs she kept for the next 60 years. He also took credit for eyeing a brunette Lucille Ball up and down and then saying, “Have you ever thought of going red?” (And for telling Ann-Margret to go red, too.)

Then again, the very gay Guilaroff also claimed to have had an affair with Ava Gardner, so let’s take those bids for Hollywood history with a grain of salt.

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