Dusty Anderson, Glamour Witch, 1944
Here are three images from a (long) series of press photos of Dusty Anderson dressed as a witch. The numbering on the images I have seen suggests there may be as many as fifty photos from this shoot! It is not hard to see why: Anderson is the height of Hollywood glamour.
As IMDB notes, Anderson was (in the 40s) a dazzling dark-haired pin-up model-turned-starlet who signed with Columbia for a few pictures, beginning as one of the cover girls in Rita Hayworth‘s film Cover Girl (1944). Two years later Anderson married Jean Negulesco (a director), retired from acting in 1951 and moved to Majorca.
The shout for each of the press photos is the same:
Hallowe’en Glamour – Dusty Anderson, beautiful Columbia Pictures‘ actress, will need more than that witch’s hat to frighten anyone on Hallowe’en, for she’s just too good looking to be mistaken for a witch. That broom might help if it weren’t such a creation of black velvet with ostrich plumes. Dusty recently finished a role in the Technicolour musical, “Tonight and Every Night,” which stars Rita Hayworth, Janet Blair and Lee Bowman.
As the other images in this blog show, Anderson was by no means “too good looking” to be a witch, but she is certainly one of the most beautiful witches on this blog! Judge for yourself.
Becca (from No Smoking in the Skull Cave ) will recognise these images as probably being the inspiration for the “witchy Dita Von Teese” that she mentioned in a post on Witchy Girls Who Go Bump in the Night over a year ago. In all my searches since then I have only been able to add one image to that used by Becca:
[UPDATE 11 JAN 07: for reasons explained in my next post I have had to remove these images. Sorry.]
BTW: Dita Von Teese, for those of you not familiar with her, is an absolute legend: a “burlesque artist, model and actress” who specialises in 40s- and 50s-style glamour (The gallery section of her site is here).
[UPDATE 26 MAR 08: Todd Mecklem (see feedback) has dated these photos to before 8 August 1944. Quite possibly they were taken during the filming of Cover Girl, which was released on 6 July 1944, and were circulated well in advance of (but for) Halloween 1944.]