Now presenting . . . the very first entry by The Vintager's new official co-author, Lizzie! She's not only my lil' sis, but a secondhand sweetheart, a frock designer, fashion photographer, and total vintage guru. Here, she muses about a new found love for the Divine Miss. M., in her first of many dazzling entries to come . . .
Dearest Divine Miss M.,
It has finally happened. You made me love you. I didn’t wanna do it, but you made me love you. I guess I’m just another fan of yours and I thought I’d write and tell you so.
In an attempt to better understand
your role in my heart as a Divine Miss. Muse, I have spent many a night
drinking lattes and studying your movies. Thanks to Netflix, my T.V.
set has been transformed into a Divine Miss. Masterpiece Theater, with
frequent screenings of Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Rose, Beaches,
and your biography. I learned some enchanting facts… You were born
a Honolulu honey, named after Bette Davis. Your career took off in the
1970s, whilst performing in a gay bathhouse with Barry Manilow tickling
the ivories along to your wildly sparkling tunes. Your nickname during
this time was "Bathhouse Betty". You were the first woman in history to
sell out Carnegie Hall before an album had actually been released.
All of this dazzling information has been deeply satisfying, though
I still have a few questions going round & round in the carousel
of my mind. When you find a free moment, i'd be delighted if you'd answer the following…
1) Where are your show-stopping ensembles and furnishings from the 1970s? Are they in storage, or maybe at your daughter’s house? Have they been so kindly auctioned to benefit a worthy cause? Perhaps you'd be interested in donating a few fancy frills to my closet? Believe me, it’s a good cause. I particularly like what I see in these photos…
2) Did you really date Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls? Tell me more! Was he always wearing shades? Did your heart take a leap and skip a beat? Was he tall? Did you have to look up? Did he wear big bulky sweaters to match his eyes? I hear he was good/bad, but not evil. Google couldn’t offer assistance in locating a photo of you & Jerry, but it did offer these gems…
3) I just found this incredible satin tour jacket on eBay… Do you happen to have an extra one lying around in your closet with “Bette” embroidered on the front? Just wondering.
I hope this wasn’t too much trouble. If so, it’s all your fault. You made me love you. You are a national treasure and a true inspiration. In conclusion, I love this quote of yours… “Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes.”
~ Lizzie B.Photos: corbis, getty, Kenn Duncan, Rolling Stone