The Colorist

MAR-APR 2016

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8 The Colorist | MARCH/APRIL 2016 | golden opportunity PHOTOGRAPHY (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT): COURTESY OF LOTUS ABRAMS; SILVER SCREEN COLLECTION; COURTESY OF THE PAGANO FAMILY Lotus Abrams EDITOR IN CHIEF T here's certainly no shortage of celebrity stylists these days, but no one else in the biz is quite like a man I recently learned more about—Alfred Pagano, whose illustrious clientele included silver screen goddesses of Hollywood's golden age like Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner. Pagano colored Jean Harlow's tresses platinum blonde (you'll never believe what he used!), as well as Lucille Ball's signature red hue. One of eight children raised with a strict Italian Catholic upbringing, Pagano worked alongside his twin brother, Eugene, at their Beverly Hills, CA, salon, Pagano's Salon, which was located at Wilshire Boulevard and Doheny Drive. In Pagano's heyday, from the 1940s through the '60s, the brothers' two-story beauty destination boasted a staff of 100, along with a restaurant, jewelry store and dress shop. Remarkably, Pagano was still seeing clients until age 92, when he stopped working to tend to his ailing brother. Turns out, this 97-year-old hairdressing legend is still very much with us, residing at the same assisted-living care facility where T e Colorist Art Director Donna Giovannitti's late mother lived. Giovannitti recently paid Pagano a visit to ask him about his star-studded career. What could be a more fi tting place to recount his incredible story than our Hollywood issue? Read his interview on page 20. I hope you'll enjoy learning about Pagano's life as much as I have. upf ont | THE HOLLYWOOD ISSUE ★ During Alfred Pagano's heyday from the 1940s through the '60s, he tended to the tresses of Hollywood's most famous stars, like Lana Turner (pictured), Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner.

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