Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Vidal Sassoon, R.I.P.
Vidal Sassoon was a hairdresser and you would be hard pressed to think of another hairdresser whose death would merit so much attention in both the serious newspapers as well as the tabloids. It is a fascinating story: Vidal (1928 - 2012) was a tough London Jew brought up in such a poor family that his mother had to send him to an orphanage for seven years - in 1948 he went to fight in the Israeli war of independence and then he became one of the key figures of the 1960s and later a multi-millionaire and philanthropist as well as a man of great charm who certainly did it all in his 84 years, including 4 marriages.
I remember his '70s bestseller too: "A Year of Beauty and Health". A Peter Pan-like figure Sassoon kept forever youthful. His exercise and Pilates certainly worked keeping him fit into his 80s despite leukaemia. RIP to a true pioneer.