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A Conversation of Wit, Wisdom, and a Whisper of Gossip with Edith Head

Back by popular demand, don’t miss the chance to see this full theater production with the legendary Edith Head! Last year, this event sold out quickly, so purchase tickets now!

$60 VIP, $45 General Admission (1.5 hrs)

Category: Fashion Show, Presentation, Talk, Annenberg Theater

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Back by popular demand, don’t miss this chance to see the popular internationally and critically acclaimed A Conversation of Wit, Wisdom and a Whisper of Gossip with Edith Head starring the award-winning Susan Claassen. Classenis an LA Ovation nominee, BroadwayWorld LA nominee, The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nominee, and won the Phoenix New Times for Best Actress (as Edith Head) and “The Reel Diva" of Hollywood, where she won an award for costume design.

A Conversation of Wit, Wisdom and a Whisper of Gossip with Edith Head by Paddy Calistro and Susan Claassen is a feast of delicious behind-the-scenes stories that provide an intimate portrait of Hollywood’s legendary costume designer. Presented as a full theater set production with furniture, furnishings, photographs, dress forms and costumes designed by Edith Head.
In her six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on more than 1100 films; dressed the greatest stars of Hollywood; received 35 Academy Award® nominations and won an unprecedented eight Oscars®. Long before “Project Runway” and celebrity stylists became as renowned as the Oscar-winning film stars they advise, the legendary costume designer Edith Head, known as “The Dress Doctor”, was dressing (and undressing) Hollywood's most fashionable women from Grace Kelly to Elizabeth Taylor, and men from Bob Hope to Robert Redford.  Edith Head also famously dispensed her timeless wisdom and “Fashion Prescriptions” to women across the country on radio and television.In this intimate production, with host Stuart Moulton, you will hear Miss Head tell her own story, which is as fascinating as the history of the film industry itself. 
Susan Claassen, at 5-foot-1, bears a striking resemblance to the legendary designer, and is so convincing that you just may believe you’re seeing the legend herself. Her portrayal is a tour de force and has wowed audiences coast to coast and internationally from London to Toronto! Claassen is an award-winning actress and managing artistic director of the Invisible Theatre in Tucson and has toured as Edith Head throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

Stuart Moulton, Miss Head's Host, is the Producing Artistic Director of Austin Cabaret Theater, also an actor, director, and choreographer.  He has toured frequently with Claassen in his role as the show’s host, serves as a foil, while periodically interrupting the actress with his or the audience’s questions for Edith to answer right on the spot.  Beware the cinephile who tries to stump the host or Edith Head herself! 

"Edith Head comes to life in a way that is so perfectly accurate..."The New York Times
“Susan Claassen is utterly convincing as Edith Head! Stage Edinburgh
"Head and shoulders above the rest! Hollywood costume designer Edith Head lives!" The Chicago Sun Times
"One honestly does feel they have met the truly inspirational woman that was Edith Head and what a privilege it is."  The British Theatre Guide

$60  VIP Up Front! First 5 Rows A-E
$45  General Admission Rows F-P 

Things to Know
This event is for 12 and older.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N Museum Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Courtesy Susan Claassen – Mark Davis

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