Cybill disobedience : how I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, by Cybill Shepherd

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By Cybill Shepherd

The previous supermodel-turned-actress chronicles her thirty-year Hollywood occupation, from her turbulent early life and modeling good fortune to her movie and tv stardom, detailing her romantic flings, motherhood, and private relationships alongside the way.

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You are to bring small button pearl earrings (no loops or “dangles” please)… A rhinestone tiara is to be worn with your nighttime costume. A deposit of $5 will be required… You will be responsible for furnishing two pairs of shoes—plain, closed heel (opera), closed toe pumps. NO FLATS OR BALLETS, PLEASE. ” There were no blacks represented in the Carnival—they had their own separate Cotton Makers Jubilee—and the only black people I knew were domestics or warehouse workers at Shobe, Inc. Memphis was still cleft along rigid color lines, with segregated barbershops and libraries, and there were COLORED ONLY signs with figurative hands painted in dark colors pointing to different drinking fountains and rest rooms.

From the time I was a little girl, I stood with the crowd awaiting the Carnival king and queen, who were chosen from the wealthiest and most prominent families in town. They arrived on a flower-bedecked barge, blindingly lit and dressed in shiny rhinestoned costumes, at the historic downtown steamboat landing, lined with cobblestones that were said to have been brought to North America as ballast on Spanish galleons and towed upriver by mules. The local country clubs named royal princesses to the king and queen’s court, and Chickasaw’s board of directors appointed me their representative in 1968, a commission that could not be refused, whatever my disdain for pageantry.

As she walked through the hotel lobby, she passed one willowy Miss Somewhere after another. ” The walls of the Stewart Modeling Agency were covered with intimidating pictures of Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Cheryl Tiegs, and Marisa Berenson, behind the “bookers” with telephones attached to their shoulders and big volumes of rate cards for all the girls, who were never called anything but girls. (The stars didn’t have a rate. ) My outlook improved when I went to the CBS studio and started trying on various outfits.

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