Friday, April 12, 2013
I'm sorry to say that still to this day, I associate Acapulco with The Love Boat. Sad, but true. But in the mid-twentieth century, the Mexican resort town was a hot bed of social swells, models, and movie stars who basked in both the sun and the limelight, partying practically non-stop while wearing very chic resort wear. Or so it seems that way to me.
According to Slim Aarons, the most popular person in Acapulco was actress Merle Oberon. Aarons also mentioned that Oberon's Mexican villa, La Consentida, was considered to be one of the most beautiful resort houses anywhere. (I'll show photos of her villa on Monday.) And it seems that others agreed with Aarons' assessment, including Town & Country, which also touted her as one of Acapulco's most gracious hostesses, although the magazine referred to her by her married name, Mrs. Bruno Pagliai. I admit that when I first saw the T&C piece, I didn't make the connection.
There were lots of other socialites who spent time in Acapulco, including Baron de Redé, Emilio Pucci, and Mrs. Yul Brynner, all of whom were photographed by Aarons while dancing, drinking, and having an all-around good time.
Image at top: Guests gather at the home of Merle Oberon. That looks like Oberon, the second from the right.