Originally Posted by rssmsvc
I am about half way through the book and I am wondering if the buttondown had something to do with what you described for his technique of hiding his neck length , like what he did for buttoning the top bottom and pulling the collar up.
I have to say , I love this book, it is my reward at the end of the day to read 30 mins worth. I bought it for the pictures and have loved the writing.
To me the neat thing about him was that he was a person I would respect regardless of his profession.
I always found the descriptions I have read of people like Beau Brummell and his habits to be strange and ugly. Nothing I would want in my own life. CG on the other hand had the perfect balance of interest in ones appearance and being a normal , caring person. The only thing I still can't figure out is what was with the 5 marriages.
Easy answer to the five marriages question. In the '30s and '40s you didn't date for long periods, you got married. In other words, you didn't get any unless you gave her the ring. There's a humorous example of this in Lee Server's new bio of Ava Gardner. The young Mickey Rooney is trying his hardest to, shall we say, woo Ava into bed but she won't budge until he coughs up the ring and a wedding. He does, of course, and less than a year later (more or less), they get divorced.
Many things can be explained by context.