Leave Heaven to Her (p.2)
they were gone.
instance, the case history of Gene's police dog, Butch. Butch is a ham.
He can sniff out a photographer at a distance of one mile, and the lightning
of flash bulbs warms his soul like a grate fire. He is also a clown, doing
all sorts of things that he knows amuse human beings.
|When Cobina, meeting Gene in New York a few days later, related the incident, Gene broke down and cried. She would have taken the next plane to California if she hadn't made several positive business commitments for the studio. Even so, when she called at the hotel desk for her mail the following morning, and was handed a package which, opened, disclosed a hand-embroidered baby dress that a fan had made for Daria, Gene was tempted to cancel everything and take the gift, straightway, to her daughter. While Gene was prowling through New York shops, she discovered some French organza on which tropical fish were printed in formalized design. Gene fell in love with it, knowing thatsince it was an original it could never be duplicated. Oleg, who is one of 20th Century-Fox most resourceful designers and who creates all of Gene's professional and private wardrobe, was as intrigued with the fabric as Gene had been and promptly designed an exquisite evening||gown
for Gene. Gene had planned to wear it to an im- portant party, but on
the evening of the affair she reached the hotel in a state of utter exhaustion.
Kicking off her slippers and collapsing into a chair, she announced she
was exhausted, pooped, dead. When she was finally gowned, Gene regarded
herself in the mirror and commented on the reflection with an anguished
moan. "It's awful," she said. "It's the least becoming
thing I have ever worn. Why did I buy the material in the first place,
and why did I agree to your design! I simply can't wear it, Olie. Really,
soothing smoothie . . .
Oleg Cassini is a philosophical man. Moreover, he understands Gene's every mood. Soothingly, he said, "Just wear it this once for me. If everyone at the party isn't delighted with the dress, I will never again design your clothing." This was drastic, so Gene subsided. "I know the evening is going to be a complete failure," she sighed.
result was exactly what might have been expected. Gene's gown was the
rave of the affair, and Oleg took bows until he began to look like a man
walking through a low tunnel. Said Gene in a meek voice later, "I
love the dress, Olie. It's the most becoming I've ever wornjust
as you said."
Daria is, incidentally, a beautiful child. Her bone structure is exquisite, her coloring lovely. Before she was born, Gene spent a good deal of time wondering about a name that would form a happy combination with "Cassini." Gene was positive that she was going to have a son, but, in order to be prepared, she cast about for a few feminine names. "Toni" was her choice for several months. She told friends, "If the baby should be a girl, and not particularly a good-looking person, I think that 'Toni Cassini' would still give her something to live up toit's got charm." Upon hearing this, Gene's sister-in-law said, "If I ever have a daughter, I think I should like to call her 'Daria' after Oleg's great-grandmother. Isn't it a lovely namethe feminine of the olden Persian name, 'Darius.'"
|"I'm pregnant and you're not," laughed Gene, "so I'm stealing that name this instantif I have a daughter." Having started life with a unique name Miss Daria also possesses an imaginative bit of jewelry. In the hospital where Daria was born, each infant was marked by a plastic bracelet on which its surname was set. Recently, Gene had this "Cassini" marker set in a larger gold band which can be extended from time to time as Daria's wrist grows. Gene brought Daria a set of phosphorescent pictures from New York. You've probably seen them, shedding their soft light in the darkness. These were hung in Daria's room and that night, theoretically after Daria had been asleep for an hour, Gene tiptoed into the nursery to find Miss Daria's eyes were wide and her manner was alert. "Darling, why aren't you asleep?" said Gene. "Why are you staying awake?" "To see," explained Daria, nodding toward the pictures. With such an adorable moppet at home, is it any wonder the Cassinis prefer nurseries to nightclubs?|