Last week Jan showed me a picture of her high school cheer leader squad which had appeared in the New York Herald Tribune back in the late 1940s. Her maiden name is Grummond (her dad the famous champion high school basketball coach) and apparently there was no confusion of Grummonds in the New York City phone books because a fan actually phoned her, hinting that he’d be stalking her! Well, I’ll try to get a good scan of that photo; but meantime, here’s a dandy from 1953: Jan had just graduated from Hofstra and was teaching school in Baldwin, Long Island.
2012 07 26 Last night Jan reminded me that in the early 1950s friends called her “Eva”: for Eva Gardner! The also compared her to Leslie Caron, but not as regularly as to Eva Gardner. Last night we watched The Barefoot Contessa: getting annoyed, bored, bailed out. I can see a little Eva Gardner is the above photo (more Leslie Caron), but I don’t think Eva Gardner looks this good!
I may add more scans and continue the comparisons.
But let me promise you: however vivacious she was as a high school cheer leader, however distinctive as a young grade school teacher, I don’t believe she can ever have been more beautiful, or more feminine, than she is right now.