Du Barry’s hair clouds by Sydney Guilaroff

The late Sydney Guilaroff was Hollywood’s most beloved and trusted hairdresser. Credited with making the unforgetable Lucille Ball a redhead, he was friend and confidant to some of the biggest stars in history.

In Roy Del Ruth’s Du Barry was a Lady Gularoff is reunited with Ball, indulging in all that is glorious and flamboyant with sky-high powdered wigs. His talents coupled with Gile Steele‘s costuming prowess produce some enticing and hilarious hair concoctions, tricorn hats, ostrich feathers and all.

Lucille Ball looks smashing – out of 40’s housewife garb and dressed up as the famous courtesane. They’d make the real Du Barry proud!

A few more stills for your perusal, below.

9 Responses to “Du Barry’s hair clouds by Sydney Guilaroff”

  1. six06 Says:

    that second to the last photo, ball looks a lot like vivien leigh.

  2. Zoetica Says:

    She was quite the glamourpuss in this, yes!

  3. Mer Says:

    Waaaah! I love Guilaroff. Kudos, Z. Although I think DuBarry predates I Love Lucy, yarr?

    Mmmf. Lucille was such a sassy dish in her impetuous youth!

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  6. Zoetica Says:

    A fine neeeep, at that!

  7. Tequila Says:

    @ Mer “Although I think DuBarry predates I Love Lucy, yarr?”

    Oh yeah, this was during her more active film career…she wasn’t quite the superstar yet but her talents got her regular work. Unfortunately it just never clicked with audiences on the glam star level. Many kinda forget her career in the 30’s and 40’s. She did just about everything in that era. After I Love Lucy hit big in 53′ she’d never go back to such roles…don’t think she really missed them since by that era films began to take a new tone and new performers came into the fold.

    The more glamor stuff she’d done before filled with everything from performers like Doris Day to Marilyn Monroe

  8. Sean Says:

    I’m not very much knowledgable about the hair used for the Lucille Ball movie, but as a very big, if not the globally biggest present, fan of Madame du Barry, I can give some info on the real character. At first, during her poor life, her hair would be simply bound by a cheap lace. Later on, when becoming a courtesan, Pompadourian style would be in fashion since Louis XV was still enamoured with the Marquise de Pompadour at the time.
    When Jeanne Becu became aqcuainted with Louis XV, and taking the title of Comtesse du Barry, her hair would be powdered and upstyled, and when her enemy Marie Antoinette comes to court from Vienna, poufs and white wigs come into the scene.
    One fact one should know about Madame du Barry, she rarely or otherwise slightly powdered her blonde hair, believing it to be beautiful enough in its natural state…personally, I totally agree with her!

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