Autographed in lipstick by Annette, one of my earliest star obsessions and with whom I shared much chocolate milk watching after school every day, this portrait has long been one of the most cherished renderings in my kitsch likeness collection. I found it laying face down in a puddle outside of a thriftshop in the pouring rain in the mid 80’s.
That big blotch of red in the bottom left corner is a cut out of her actual lip print on cellophane. The lips were almost all there despite sitting in that puddle for God knows how many days, weeks, or months and held on for at least another 20 years until the sun pouring through the window smiling at them at my place everyday finally took it’s toll. Unfortunately, Annette and her lips finally lost their long battle with MD today.
Don’t know who Tony is but his heart had to have skipped a beat getting this autograph from Annette written entirely in Love That Red or whatever 50’s shade she wore.
The exact same lipstick as the lip print, gone but not entirely forgotten:
Just like Annette to whom ‘now it’s time to say goodbye…”. R.I.P….
Love it! It looks like an M Rezza painted it on artist’s board, and she signed it and sent it back. Maybe Mr. M. Rezza went by Tony as a nickname? WHY would ANYONE throw this out? RIP Annette – I know you are dancing again.