Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Interior Designer on the Silver Screen


 They have been portrayed as predatory cougars, virginal ingenues peddling antiques until they find Mr. Right and pushy social climbers. Hollywood pays little attention to the profession of interior designer. And they don't fare any better on television either -- Grace is neurotic and  food obsessed while Designing Women gave us four ditzy southern socialites.

Here are a few of my favorite portrayals...

Patricia Neal as the first "Mrs. Robinson" turned designer in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)....








And everyone's favorite...Doris Day as Jan Morrow in Pillow Talk (1959). I love how she had the apartment with  Manhattan skyline view and full time maid on a designer's salary.



And her ubiquitous French boss, Pierot...



Darryl Hannah as Darien Taylor, an Upper East Side designer who wants to take antiques mass market in Wall Street (1987)...


Diane Keaton as a textile designer married to a philandering architect (Warren Beatty) in the little viewed film Town and Country (2001)...



Julie Kavner as the decorator pushing an obscure basket vase in Alice (1990)...


Everyone's favorite designer Grace Adler who makes interior design fun in Will and Grace...

And last but not least....the Designing Women of Sugarbakers Design House. Did these women ever work?


Photo credits: Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures,  Twentieth Century Fox, MGM, NBC/Universal Television, Columbia Pictures Television, New Line Pictures

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