Nelda Linsk, the lady in yellow in society photographer Slim Aarons' “Poolside Gossip”, reminisces about 1960s Palm Springs. Nelda is from Texas and loves people and her anecdotes about fashion shows with Emilio Pucci, eating lobster with Frank Sinatra or attending the Princess Grace Ball in Monaco come from her heart. From photo albums and scrapbooks, her memories come to life with favorite pets and famous friends.
Nelda’s friendship with Slim Aarons led to the January 1970 photo shoot that produced the famous photograph. Shot at her and husband Joseph Linsk’s home, the Richard Neutra designed Kaufmann house, no one imagined how endearing the photo would become. “Invite some friends over” Slim said and the rest is history. Fifty years later the photo is among the most recognized images in the world, being published in countless books and magazines.
Nelda’s 1960s Palm Springs’ memories include personalized chopsticks at Don the Beachcomber, modeling Helen Rose gowns and New Year’s Eve parties at the fabled Racquet Club. The backstory of the photograph is amusing and entertaining and Nelda remembers fondly her husband and friends who were there that gorgeous Palm Springs day. For Nelda, Poolside Gossip is more than a photograph. And now, for you, it will be too.
The organizer of this program is Modernism Week. This program is streaming through May 31, 2021.
Photo credits: David A. Lee
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