Trust the press to exaggerate a situation to (gasp) sell a newspaper. However this little gem is inspired by a true story. LIPSTICK CAUSES DIVORCE – AGAIN! was the headline about Darla Hood`s divorce from her husband after she discovered lipstick smears on her husband`s shirt. Hood had played the role of an adorable little heartbreaker in the original “Òur Gang“ series, later known as ``L`il Rascals.“ No doubt Short knew the value of a good lipstick.
Linda Rohr, one of Short`s roommates and a pretty-looking girl, worked for a time at Max Factor`s in the Rouge Room department. She was openly critical of Short`s makeup, since makeup was supposedly meant to enhance a woman`s natural beauty during the 1940s. This trend came about with movie stars such as Ingrid Bergman (how it was that audiences knew Bergman wore a natural look when her films were in black and white is anyone`s guess). Short preferred a heavy, made-up look. She felt it made her look glamorous.
Rohr`s comment was, “She had pretty blue eyes but sometimes I think she overdid with make-up an inch thick.” She described Elizabeth Short’s finished look as “startling and almost geisha-like.“ Short`s pale skin was about two shades lighter than her own. about an inch thick. startling like a geisha. Short ignored the natural beauty trend and presented a glamorous face to the world. It is sickeningly ironic that in death, her red mouth would be slashed from ear to ear and that her beautiful face would be unrecognizable. In face the gashes from her mouth to her ears had to be sewn shut in order to recreate her real face for a police poster seeking information on her. That beautiful face that had charmed so many men and meant so much to Short would one day become a symbol not of glamour, but of absolute annihilation.
This blog started off fun with a vintage make-up tutorial and a ridiculous divorce story. But this is the story of Elizabeth Short. Were you hoping for a fun ending too.