You may not know Sydney Guilaroff's name but you know his work. And so does your mother AND your grandmother.
|With Claudette Colbert|
|Sydney with Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe|
Here's some of his work - it's kind of amazing! -
Claudette Colbert's famous bangs
Louise Brooks with her often imitated bob (as seen on Katie Holmes, Natalie Portman and Selma Blair showing that the haircut Guilaroff gave in 1930 remains current)
After harsh chemicals caused Jean Harlow's hair to start to fall out in patches Guilaroff built numerous wigs to help her maintain her platinum tresses
Greta Garbo's curls in "Camille" and her pageboy in "Ninotchka"
Hedy Lamarr's shoulder length coiff was due to Guilaroff
Joan Crawford would have Guilaroff design her hair for every single film (scene from "Mildred Pierce" shown)
Marilyn Monroe came to MGM as a reddish brunette and was transformed into the blond we know and love (shown in the second photo posing with a sculpture belonging to Guilaroff)
One of the many films Guilaroff worked on, "Little Women", where he designed the hair for Margaret O'Brien, Janet Leigh, June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor (launching a lifelong relationship with her)
Grace Kelly at her wedding
Guilaroff employed the use of Vaseline to keep Esther Williams' hair in place for her underwater scenes
Ingrid Bergman's "bubble" haircut in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" launched a worldwide craze for the cut
Jean Hagan and Debbie Reynolds in "Singin' in the Rain"
Vivien Leigh from "Gone With The Wind"
Norma Shearer in one of the 2,000 amazing wigs from film "Marie Antoinette"
Judy Garland's original hair design (blond and long) was deemed "too sexy" for "The Wizard of Oz" and so Guilroff was brought in to create something more age appropriate.
When Lucille Ball moved to Hollywood she went with the flow and dyed her hair platinum blond. By the time she met Sydney she was back to her natural light brown shade and he took her to red to make it pop. Can you imagine her any other way?
Ann Margaret had naturally deep brunette, nearly black, hair and was initially horrified by Guilaroff's decision to take her red for "State Fair". Two days later, after receiving more attention by photographers than she ever had before, she was all in.