Posts tagged "Carmen de Lavallade"
Pearl Bailey performing with Carmen De Lavallade in the 1954 film “Carmen Jones.” And, yes, that is none other than Max Roach on the drums. This picture was taken by Howard Morehead (1924-2003) for Ebony magazine, where Mr. Morehead served as the magazine’s first west coast-based photographer. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Mr. Morehead was also a Tuskegee Airman who served in World War II before earning a degree in photography from Los Angeles City College. He also attended USC and UCLA , was a staff photographer at the historically black newspaper, The Los Angeles Sentinel and shot countless album covers. Photo: Ebony via Art.com.
Dancer Scoogie Brown at Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade’s wedding reception in Westport, Connecticut on June 26, 1955. Ms. Brown was a dancer from Trinidad and Tobago who performed with Mr. Holder and his Trinidad Dance Group. She would gain even more notoriety during the “calypso craze” in the 1950s with her dance partner, Leo Ryers, who was also a member of Mr. Holder’s troupe. Photo: Saul Mauriber, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Ms. Brown also has a bit part in the 1956 film, “Carib Gold” which also starred Mr. Holder, Cicely Tyson, Diana Sands and the great Ethel Waters. The film is linked in the comment section.
Carmen de Lavallade, dance legend and Vintage Black Glamour favorite (that’s her in the VBG avatar) turns 82 years old today! Ms. de Lavallade is still going strong today: she is still dancing and recently appeared on Broadway in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” This photo appeared in the October 1964 issue of Harper’s Bazaar and Ms. de Lavallade is wearing a beaded necklace by Coppola e Toppa.
Today is the 2nd anniversary of Vintage Black Glamour! I had the original idea in 2005, but the Tumblr blog, Twitter account @VintageBlkGlam and this Facebook page were born on January 17, 2011. I love VBG’s profile picture of Carmen de Lavallade on the cover of Hue in 1954, but I hope to have the cover of my Vintage Black Glamour book as the profile picture by the next anniversary. Keep your fingers crossed for me, won’t you? ;)