Saturday, March 13, 2010

Gwenn and Molly Ringwald do the morning news show circuit after the Oscars

We did a long string of radio and TV shows in our three days together, so many I couldn't even name them all. I hadn't seen Molly in almost a year, and it was nice to catch up with her. She spends most of her time on the West Coast now filming her series on ABC Family "The Secret Life of an American Teenager". She has also been recording an album, writing a book, birthing twins... not necessarily in that order. She looks fantastic, amazing actually! I can't believe she is a mother of three now. She looks great and works like crazy and once again she is my idol: she was my fantasy muse and inspired my fascination with creating the perfect red heads, (didn't you know I was the red head expert of the Minneapolis punk scene in the 80's) and now through her book as she embraces being a 40 year old mother, and woman growing out of the image of her as perennial teenage girl.

It was a treat to hear a few songs from her upcoming album... It honestly gave me shivers, her dramatic singing voice is deeper than one would think! Did you know she started out as a singer? Her Father and her performed together when she was a child. Then John Hughes found her and well you know the rest. I have had the previous pleasure of catching her performances in "Tick, Tick, Boom", as well as "Cabaret" and her upcoming endeavour has even more soul.

I will be working with Molly for a few days again starting on April 27TH as her new book is released by Harper and Collins entitled: "Getting The Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding The Perfect Lipstick". It's a witty and cute look at life as a woman who enjoys above all motherhood, but also turning 40 and how her perspective changed overtime with her added wisdom. With chapters on hair and her theory on stylists (of course I had to scan that chapter if no other). She doesn't mention me by name but rather I would like to think in spirit. She states that if you find a good hairdresser that really gets you, stick with her. We have been together for over 10 years sometimes near and sometimes far, so I think I passed the muster. She also writes about lipstick colors, and other funny fashion anecdotes. A favorite segment of mine is the "Fashion Faux Pas That Work", such as roots, chipped nail polish, etc... written by her favorite fashion designer Todd Thomas. It's not the curly haired adolescent red head giving advice in the high school bathroom ("Breakfast Club"), but rather vivacious auburn haired woman with a glass of wine and friends at Balthazar. Not a ghost writer in sight either! You can pre-order it on Amazon by clicking on this link: I'll be sure to let you know when her album comes out as well. You will be sure to find it on Parlor's i-tunes the minute I get my hand on a copy!

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