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Monday, March 30, 2009

Past Moments at NatureJockks Gay Villa

Boys sunbathing at the west ocean side Veranda.

Boys having a relaxing moment in the sun at The Villa

Lady guest trying to seduce one of the male guests of The Villa.

One of the past 'MidSummer Night's Dream' Parties at The Villa

A Male guest in a photo moment from a past 'Mid Summers Night Dream' extravaganzas.

Male Nymph in the Villa woods.

Guests standing atop th old version of The Villa's West ocean side veranda. It has been redone over the past years.

The Villa's pergola over looking the mountains in the background. Hosting two male guests making beautiful music.

Sunning male nde of The Villa's past.

A Male guest sitting in tought in one of the many gardens of The Villa.

On a Feminim side

Tea Party Video


Good morning from The Villa

Wake up sleepy heads.

Rise and shine.

It is time for your morning cup of coffee and listen to The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite radio

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Music Video

DOVIMA -Goddess, DIVA and ICON of Fashion-A Villa Iconess

There have been few, remember, few women that are true icons of style, grace and fashion as was Dovima. There is, that is correct, IS, still one other that is her equal and parallel, Carmen Dell'Orefice. I will pay homage to her gracefulness in another writing in the near future.

Dovima was a the unmistakable icon of fashion that was surely the threshold of females in the elite and international fashion world.

Everything she posed for was so perfectly styled just by her innate inner sense of presence and grace. She could strike a pose faster and better that an ugly red-headed girl step child not getting her favorite candy in the store.

Poise so instant, precise and perfect she almost seemed as if she were a mannequin come to life.

Dovima was born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba in 1927 in New York City. The half-Polish, half-Irish daughter of Stanley Juba, she was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens. She contracted rheumatic fever at age ten and was confined to bed. The standard treatment was a year in bed, but her overprotective mother kept her home for the next seven years. It was a lonely time for her. She took up painting and had an imaginary friend, whom she called Dovima- using the first two letters of each of her given names. Doe, as her family called her, only socialized by telephone with other invalid children that her tutor educated. It's not too surprising then that her first husband, Jack Golden, was an upstairs neighbor. He simply moved into Doe's bedroom in her family's home.

Dovima was discovered while waiting for a friend outside of a Manhattan Automat (although there are conflicting stories about the location). A woman approached Doe to ask if she had ever modeled. The woman worked for Vogue and took her to the offices on the spot for some test shots. The next day she did a shoot with Irving Penn. She was an overnight success and soon was the highest paid model in the business. Jerry Ford of Ford Models said, "She was the super-sophisticated model in a sophisticated time, definitely not the girl next door."

She appeared on the covers of all the fashion magazines and worked with every major photographer of the day. She formed a particular bond with Richard Avedon who would take the most famous photos of Dovima. The two managed to transform Doe into the epitome of fifties haute couture, what Christian Dior coined "The New Look". After her death, Richard Avedon said, "She was the last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties...the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time." On another occasion, Avedon said, "The ideal of beauty then was the opposite of what it is now. It stood for an extension of the aristocratic view of women as ideals, of women as dreams, of women as almost surreal objects. Dovima fit that in her proportions."

Dovima and Avedon created arguably the most famous fashion photograph of all time, "Dovima with Elephants", in Paris in 1955. The photo shows Dovima in haute couture with circus elephants surrounding her. There are prints in The Metropolitan Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art.

Of her relationship with Avedon, Dovima was quoted as saying, "We became like mental Siamese twins, with me knowing what he wanted before he explained it. He asked me to do extraordinary things, but I always knew I was going to be part of a great picture." Dorian Leigh, fashions model turned agent, said, "He used Dovima like a painter uses a medium. She was his medium." Model Carmen Dell'Orefice a friend of Dovima said, "They had the greatest fantasy affair on paper that the public ever witnessed. Avedon had the skill to metamorphose a fledgling model. He could finish the pieces of her persona."

The two created a powerful image of the fifties woman that Dovima strove to become in her own life. She said, "I began to have the idea that I was a photograph...a plastic image. I could only be myself behind the camera." Indeed, she was spotted at a beach at the time in full Richard Avedon make-up, which became more exaggerated as the years progressed. Dovima told Interview magazine in 1974, "I would just never appear in public without looking like Dovima, who was to me an image of myself." Dorian Leigh said, "She didn't understand she could be someone without it. She never really felt in control of what happened to her."

Dovima loved comic books, a trait she shared with the character Marion she portrayed in Funny Face. There is a story concerning a location shoot she did with Avedon in Egypt. After arriving, someone asked her what she thought of Africa. To which she replied, "Africa? Who said anything about Africa? This is Egypt." When they explained that Egypt was in Africa, Dovima replied, "I should have charged double rate!" On the same shoot, she brought along a large trunk that Avedon assumed was filled with clothes. When he asked Dovima about the trunk, she told him they were her books. He felt he couldn't separate the girl from her books so they lugged them across the desert only to find out they were her comic books.

Dovima and Jack Golden divorced in the late fifties and she married Alan Murray. She let him handle all of their finances as Jack Golden had. They had a daughter, Alison. Alan Murray is remembered as a man with boundless anger. In Vanity Fair, Mimi Swartz wrote, "That at times her husband beat her so severely that she could not show up for work did not, at first, cut into her bookings." Carmen Dell'Orefice commented on Dovima's love life, "Sadly she could only be with men who beat her. I'd find her on my doorstep black and blue, and I'd take her in and she'd live with me." In 1960 she moved with Alison to Los Angeles to pursue acting work. Murray told the FBI that Dovima had kidnapped their daughter. The two divorced and she lost custody of Alison. Dovima never saw her again.

She announced her retirement from modeling in 1959, but actually posed until 1962. Of retiring, Dovima said, "I didn't want to wait until the camera turned cruel." Unfortunately she hadn't saved any of her money. When the TV appearances dried up, she spent the late sixties and early seventies working as a spokesperson for Qiana, a clothing line. In 1974, she moved to Ft. Lauderdale to be near her parents and held various jobs like selling cosmetics and hosting at restaurants. She fell in love with a co-worker, bartender West Hollingsworth with whom she had twelve happy years. They married in 1983, but Hollingsworth died of cancer in 1986. It was a devastating blow to her and she never really recovered.

In 1984 she went to work for The Two Guys Pizzeria as a hostess. She said she worked with nice people and was the mascot for their softball team. She enjoyed her status as kind of local celebrity. She commented in 1987, "The only 'has been' is one who has been. You have to Have Been in order to be a has been." She died of liver cancer on May 3, 1990. What she left behind are photographs that are a part of our culture. Images that speak of a time and a dream, that somehow speak volumes yet nothing at the same time.

Dovima was the most glamorous and highly paid fashion model of the 1950's. She epitomized the fifties ideal woman- regal and removed, angular and haughty. But behind the facade was a woman with no real sense of who she was. She had it all but kept nothing. She died in 1990 at age 63 of cancer. She had been working as a hostess at a pizza parlor in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Off with their heads

Off with their heads