New Year’s Eve, 1948

Life, January 17, 1949

As much as I love New Year’s Eve, I don’t think I’ve ever had a much fun as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper was having at this 1948 party. Now there is a big laugh!  This photo is part of a series of pictures covering a Hollywood event.  While most of the photos in the article show young stars, I thought it was interesting that these older women were included as well. “Hedda Hopper has just learned something amazing from Mrs. Edwin Schallert, a movie newswriter,” reads the caption.

Both women are dressed to the nines for the occasion. Mrs. Schallert, on the right, wears a black lace dress with long sleeves. I think there must be flesh colored netting holding up the scalloped bodice at the top. Otherwise wouldn’t it fall off of her shoulders?  Hopper is much more covered up in her taffeta dress, trimmed with embroidered flowers, worn much a matching long coat. She also has on gloves.  Look at their expensive looking necklaces, earrings, and elaborate hair styles. That must have been some fancy party!

Happy New Year! It has to be better than this one. But wait…didn’t I say that last year?

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4 Responses to New Year’s Eve, 1948

  1. Rhoda K says:

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year as well. Prayers that it will be better.

  2. bell neice says:

    Mrs. Edwin Schallert is William Schallert’s (father on the Patty Duke show, and long-live character actor) mother.

  3. Pal Koenig says:

    While there is certainly some reinforcement on her shoulders (likely organza and some sort of ribbon or tape), chances are the dress itself has some sort of light boning
    Since it doesn’t appear that there is boning in the torso, it could be short pieces angling up from the armpit.
    It’s that fuzzy bolero on Hedda Hopper that has me fascinated..and the fact that it looks like her dress has pockets!

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