Almost every time you see Beverly Garland, her hair is a different color. When I asked her about it, she said, “I never felt pretty when I was growing up, and I have never stopped experimenting. I feel you must face your limitations and then do everything to make yourself as lovely as you can.” Before Beverly started appearing on “Stump the Stars” at CBS-TV, she decided to bleach her hair. “I don’t like myself as a brunet, and I was allergic to dye, but I found a bleaching formula that agrees with me. People often ask me if I think they should change the color of their hair, and I always say yes, if it makes them feel more attractive. With me it’s worth every bit of effort because of the way it affects my personality. It’s not what someone else feels about you that matters.”
We were chatting in Beverly’s dressing room, and she pointed to a magnifying mirror and said, “That’s a true friend. You can find flaws in your skin when they are too fine for the naked eye to see. “I’ve always had an oily skin. I had hoped to outgrow it, but no such luck. I have to watch my diet and keep away from anything sweet or fried. If I go on a chocolate kick, I always pay for it. So now I look at candy and say to myself, you know it’s not worth it. And I’m not tempted any more. “But it’s necessary to have a clean face at all times because clogged pores make trouble. At last I found a cleanser that helps control the oil, and I use just that all the time. I feel if you find something that works, you should stay with it.”
“Dieting in your teens can ruin your health for life,” Carol Lynley said, speaking from her own experience. “I as a child model and to please photographers I tried to be thin by not eating properly. My metabolism was not normal because of bad nutrition, and I got to the point where I had no energy and little appetite. “When you are an adult, it’s a different thing. Your body is already formed and you can take some liberties with it. But if you are not as thin as you want to be, the answer is not to stop eating. “Sometimes a girl eats too much because she is unhappy. Dieting is not going to help her much. She must learn to handle her emotional problems be-. fore the can handle her weight problem.” Carol had finished playing a scene from “The Stripper” at 20th Century Fox, but came into lunch looking like a cover girl. “It’s my early training as a model. Band box dressing has become a habit,” she told me. “Do you think non-models can learn it,” I asked. “Yes. It’s three things,” Carol explained. “Good grooming combined with posture and poise. Poise really comes easily with the consciousness that you are looking the best you know how. “
“She is taught to do her nails or shampoo her hair before they need it. If your hair gets oily after four days, then wash it every three. “So much depends on your haircut. The rest you can do yourself. My hair is fine so I have to put it up every day. But my husband never sees me in rollers. As soon as he leaves in the morning, I set it with foam rollers. They are more comfortable and easier on the hair. “You have to practicing up until you know what, how much and where to apply it. There is a fine line dividing too much and too little. Putting on your make-up well is not going to be very effective unless you learn to make it last. You have to look fresh hours afterward. “I find a liquid liner lasts best with me. I use a dark brown because it is not as harsh as black, but I like waterproof mascara in black. I like the roll-on kind. Be sure to cover the tips of your lashes so they will look longer. “And don’t forget your personality plays an important role in the impression you are creating. Unless you are warm and outward going, good grooming is not going to carry you very far.”
Ten pounds in nine months was all Connie Towers allowed herself to gain during her pregnancy. “But my son weighed seven and a half pounds and was very healthy,” Connie told me. “I was working at the time and didn’t want to get fat, so I put myself on a diet. My doctor gave me calcium and vitamin pills and told me I could follow this diet as long as I felt well I wouldn’t have gone on this diet or any other diet without consulting my doctor. “I think most of us eat too much. It has been said that we dig our graves with our knives and forks,” Connie said, dipping into a shrimp salad, “but I felt fine on 600 calories. “Here is my diet. For breakfast I had black coffee, a half grapefruit and a glass of powdered milk with honey.
And because I had a late breakfast, I had lunch around four o’clock. This was my main meal. I had steak, raw vegetables, mostly carrots, celery and cucumber strips, and a half grapefruit. The last month of my pregnancy, I ate liver instead of steak. “After the show, I had a milkshake made of powdered milk with a raw egg in it. Because I was on restricted fats, I carefully rubbed my body from head to toes with a lotion especially designed for expectant mothers. “I would not suggest anyone on my diet if she is expecting without first consulting her doctor. Diets are individual. What applies to one person doesn’t necessarily fit another.”
“Some form of exercise is the key to a good figure,” Ellen Kessler contended, and her twin sister, Alice, agreed. “A thin body is not a beautiful one unless the muscles are round and firm.” These talented German girls made their American debut on the Red Skelton show after flying to CBS from Paris, where they had been one of the specialty acts at the Lido. “We began as ballet dancers, but when we escaped from East Berlin, we were glad to get work anywhere,” Alice confided. Here are their two favorite exercises for keeping a firm body. “For a flat stomach,” Ellen advised, “lie on the floor. Raise both your head and feet about two inches, no more, and breathe deeply trying to keep this position for a slow count of 15. With your arms straight, twirl your hands as a balancing movement in rhythm with your breathing.
When I have time for just one exercise, I do this one 100 time because it reaches so many other muscles as well as the stomach.” Alice prefers this exercise for beautiful legs. It is an advanced routine, and you may have to work up to it, but you really stretch and pull muscles that are not used very often. “Sit on the floor. Lift both legs, keeping them straight, to a 45 degree angle. And stretching your arms forward, put your fingers around your ankles. Begin to roll backward, holding this position, until your toes touch the floor in back of your head. This gives a wonderful pull all along your legs and spine. If you can’t go all the way back, keep trying until you can. I repeat this 15 times,” Alice said, “but beginners should go more slowly.”
Actress Joan Connors attributes her lovely figure to her favorite sport of fencing. “It is the greatest!” she exclaimed. “It works every muscle in your body and makes you firm and graceful. I think anyone who hates the type of workout they give in a gym could correct all figure flaws with fencing.” Joan was captain of her fencing team at college. “I can’t tell you how much the sport helped my posture,” she said. The wardrobe girl on the “Dime With a Halo” set at MGM agreed, saying that Joan is easy to fit because she holds herself so straight. “Fencing is wonderful training,” Joan told me. “It gives you equilibrium, balance and coordination. It makes you have quick reflexes, and this contributes to poise and confidence. “To fence properly, you have to hold your shoulders back and your tummy in. Your legs are strengthened because you stand or lunge in a crouching position. You use your underarm muscles, and this keeps them firm, along with your neck and shoulders. This all adds up to grace, which is the goal of every girl.” “What I’d like to do is make fencing more popular,” Joan confided. “I could start fencing clubs with lots of tournaments. Just think of all the lithe and graceful people we’d produce.”
“The secret of staying young lies in your ability to relax,” believes London’s Nora Swinburn. “We tear ourselves with tensions, destroy our peace of mind with worry and struggle to accomplish everything without help. “When I have problems, I try to be still. If I can, I lie down with my palms up, because, in this position, it is impossible to have tense fingers. By relaxing the hands, we relax the whole body. I practice this cn stage and off, everytime I find myself getting tense.” Miss Swinburn was serving me a proper cup of English tea after a matinee of “Music at Midnight,” the Moral Re-Armament play at the Biltmore, which is now touring this country.
“There are three fundamental ways to relax the mind and these in turn relax the body. They are actually one, but approached from three different points of view. One is by positive thinking, taking your thoughts off the dark side; by meditation, making your mind a blank, and by prayer, which is turning your problems over to a higher force. “Physically,” she continued, “an important role is played by good posture. Standing and sit Standing and sitting erect and walking in balance help me to have more energy and less fatigue.” As I rose to go, Miss Swinburn picked up a honey jar from her tea tray. “There are great healing properties in this, my dear,” she said. “Put it on a blemish or sore, and you’ll find it works wonders.”
“Being unable to afford expensive cosmetics is no reason for neglecting one’s appearance.” Emmaline Henry told me the other day on the Tin Pickens, He’s Fenster” set “I respect the cosmetic scientists for their many discoveries, Jut I still favor nature’s remedies,” she revealed, t- “My skin takes a beating from wearing so much make-up and having it baked in by the TV. lights, but I do manage to keep it in good condition with salt, hot water and ice. You can’t-beat this trio for cleansing and firming the face and neck.
“I mix salt with a lather from a beauty bar, which has a high percentage of cold cream in it. I rub it over my face and neck with a circular motion until I am sure that I have scrubbed off the accumulation of dead cells. Then I rinse it off with lukewarm water. Next I steam my face over boiling water to open the pores and get rid of any impurities. Then I splash my face with cold water and go all over my face with an ice cube in a soft cloth to close my pores. When it comes to astringents, I find ice is the greatest of them all.”
“Discriminate” is the word that Elizabeth Allen tries to live by. This lovely New York actress, who was brought to Hollywood by John Ford for his picture, “Donovan’s Reef,” began her career as a high-fashion model. “When I first started modeling, I wore everything that was suggested. I went to extremes and it was then I learned my lesson. You must discriminate what you look best with. If short jackets are the rage and you look best with a line that is wen below your hips, don’t be persuaded to go against what you know is right for you. “The same rule of discrimination applies to make-up. The fashion may be to go all-out accenting the eyes, but if you don’t look attractive with eye make-up, accent your best feature instead. “Lack of know-how with accessories spoils many costumes,” she concluded. “Be honest with yourself and try to analyze what you are wearing to determine if it adds to or detracts from your ensemble.”
“I have never stopped trying to improve self,” Angie Dickinson confessed. “One day you will hit upon clearly defined idea of what is exactly right for you, but until you arrive at this decision, you can expect to make many mistakes. Don’t have a false pride about doing the wrong thing. Failures should be our teachers. “The most successful change I made in myself was bleaching my hair. I thought a great deal about being a blonde before I decided to try it. But when I took the step, I knew immediately that this was right for me that it was a more flattering frame for my face. “It takes a lot of time to keep my hair looking natural, and it is expensive, but it gives me such a lift that I feel it is worth it. My whole personality seemed to change. I felt more attractive as a blonde, and it had deep overtones in my social life as well as my career.” Angie has always been popular with the opposite sex. “I have always been able to get along with boys. At school they liked me and I never had to suffer being a wallflower,” she said. I wanted to know what she thought were the most flagrant mistakes unpopular girls make. “Trying too hard to impress boys, insincerity, being self-centered,” Angie rattled off.
“I hope I don’t sound like a know-it-all, but men like women who are genuinely interested in what they like, do and think. Find out a man’s main interest. If it is golf, baseball, books, politics, or his business, it helps to be an intelligent listener. ‘Talking too much or saying too little is often a feminine failing. I think most men aren’t interested in chit-chat, and certainly not in gossip of any sort,” Angie observed. “There are so many interesting subjects to discuss, if you just take time to think about them. “If a girl makes a man aware of his if he feels capable and secure around he is going to cultivate her company and she is going to be able to meet the competition of other girls who are more beautiful” Angie believes that every girl should work out her own self-improvement program. “If you don’t have loads of time, be patient and choose one project at a time. At the moment mine is energy. I find that orange juice, honey and a raw egg is the best way “to start the day, especially when I don’t have time to have breakfast. “I like to shop at health-food stores. I buy a wonderful avocado skin cream there. It has lots of natural vitamins that leaves my face fresh and glowing,
“Every girl should try to find her type of individuality. I did and mine is naturalness,” said Marianne Gaba, who has won many beauty contests. “This doesn’t mean I don’t take advantage of cosmetics, but I try to be subtle so that it isn’t noticeable that I’m wearing make-up.” We were chatting on “The Red Skelton Show” set and even her TV make-up looked natural “I like to keep my skin so clear that I don’t have to cover it with make-up, but when I do, I choose a shade that is a perfect match.
Make-up or powder that is too light or too dart always looks artificial. I keep several shades and mix them as my skin changes. If If you don’t have a good eye for color ask someone to help you Many aims have cosmetic experts who will blend powders just for you. And be sure that your eye brow pencil matches your skin coloring. There are about a dozen shades of brown from light to dark. And fill In your eyebrows with feather-like strokes. The best advice I’ve ever had on makeup was ‘Don’t be too obvious.”