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Lost L.A.: Tea party as spin control

October 1, 2010 |  5:36 pm


The year: 1946. The place: the living room of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones. Behind the lens: legendary photography Maynard Parker, shooting for Architectural Digest. And carefully laid out on the table: a proper setting of tea, of course. For an actress trying to defend her image, it made complete sense. As Sam Watters writes in his latest "Lost L.A." column:

In movies, brews served in the shade of old oak trees and by the glow of winter fires brought lovers and old friends together. On- and off-screen, tea parties stood for civility, respect, manners and refinement. They mended fences and built bridges between men and women, old and young, rich and poor, the baker and the mayor, the seamstress and the mistress.

How times have changed. Pour yourself some organic oolong and read Watters' take on the tea party.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credit: Maynard L. Parker Collection / Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens


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