Hollywood Shore Leave 1988

Like many parties/ benefits throughout the 80’s they created a tradition that lasted through the years. This is one…

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The Hollywood Shore Leave party was the brainchild of a group house at 439 Sail Walk. This being the fourth it had a 1940’s  Big Band music theme and a military motif all for AMFAR ( American Foundation for AIDS Research), and PWAC ( People with AIDS Coalition.) Hosted by Aldyn McKean, David Merrill, Patrick Moreton, Robert Donnelly, Kendall Lynn,and Tom Signorelli as everyone from Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Ann Miller, Carmen Miranda, to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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Music was provided by the Hot Lavender Swing Band and Broadway star Larry Kert. Drawing at least one thousand guests at $20 each to attend it was a sea of white sailor caps ,navy blue uniforms, a wash of army fatigue greens, and a battalion of  privates, lieutenants, and generals.

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 The stars of the show were the housemates dressed as the stars of the golden age of Hollywood. Ann Miller.

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David Merrill as Rita Hayworth and Robert Donelly as Ann Miller.

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One of the creators of the party Patrick Moreton played a key role. Not only as star Marlene Dietrich.

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Patrik Moreton was a master hairstylist / makeup artist creating wigs for many movies and Broadway shows. He loved the Pines and brought many of his celebrity clients out . Seen here with actor Christopher Plummer and wife Elaine.Patrick Moreton with Christopher Plummer & wife.

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Patrik Moreton was born in northern India . He lived in India until the age of five, and then moved to London where he grew up. He was an ex actor who was an original member of the England’s National Youth Theater. At the age of 21 Moreton got himself a job as stage manager at the Theater Royal in Windsor. After four years he gave up on the dreams of acting and pursued a career in the hair world. He started designing wigs , and found his gift. He started working in a salon in Mayfair. There he made his first cover hairstyle for the English version of Cosmopolitan magazine as well as numerous ad’s and occasional Fashion shows. He decided to travel to New York where he had established contacts. He was closely involved with Max Factor and L’Oreal cosmetics. After straightening out his visa he began doing shows at Manhattan Theater Club. His first big break was the Show Yentl with John Shea. He decided to write a simple letter to someone who’s work he admired. Her name was Patricia Zipprodt  a three time Tony winner for costume design for such shows as Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, and Sunday in the Park with George. He knew that the costume designer selects the hair designer.  He did the same with an agent and found one of the best Arnold Weissberger. This valuable contact launched Moreton to become hair & makeup artist for Broadway shows:Pippin, The Elephant Man with David Bowie, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Foxes,My Fair Lady, and Sunday in the Park with George to name a few. He found Fire Island and spent summers there for over 12 years.

His favorite work were his private clients at his studio. Especially the cancer clients who were undergoing chemotherapy he would do wigs for. It was his greatest challenge to reproduce someone’s own hair. Patrik passed from AIDS in 1995.  

In 1994 the party was brought back after a six year hiatus. Held at Realtor Bob Howard’s bayside home with guest Charles Busch it was a benefit for the Center. 

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