Susan Claassen becomes a fashion icon in A Conversation With Edith Head
You mentioned Lucille Ball. From working on hundreds of films and dressing people like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Bette Davis, Edith must have known many stars personally. Is there anyone in particular that stuck out in your research?
Often as myself, I'll introduce a film, and I love to do A Place in the Sun. When you see that dress move with Elizabeth Taylor in it, you see Edith's work. Edith would have people come over to do the action that was in the film to make sure the clothes would move the way they needed it.
Or Rear Window -- it is a really great fashion film with Grace Kelly. The way Hitchcock shot it is magnificent; it's like she's walking the runway in the opening shots. The opening kiss is cinematic history.
One last thing: You have a Denver-connection -- you went to school at the University of Denver, correct?
Yes. Denver really was the beginning of the passion I have for theater. I graduated in 1969, so I was in Denver until 1970 and taught at Smiley Junior High School. I have a major in theater and, like all people in of my age (laughs), I have a back-up degree in education.
I loved University of Denver at that time; For a girl from Jersey coming to Colorado, it was a fabulous shock. It was wonderful. There were a lot of little theaters at that time. I had the opportunity to work with some of the more avant garde theaters -- there was a theater called the Changing Scene. It was the closest thing to a loft and they had all the new plays. They really paved the way. Then there was a theater called The Third Eye, which I performed at. There was the Trident Theater. These were all very exciting theaters that added to my experience at the university.
Then I worked at the Colorado Music Hall which was a dinner theater, and that's where I first went equity. Really, I haven't performed in Denver since I moved. I am thrilled to come back and do this show.
A Conversation With Edith Head plays for one night only this Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street. Tickets are $25 to $100 and can be purchased at the box office, online or by calling 303-595-3456. For more information, visit the f Sie FilmCenter's website.