JOSEFINA Fashion Designer

With an emphasis on Women of Latin descent, her designs were soon adorning many of Hollywood’s most famous for weddings and Red Carpet appearances at the Academy Awards. Many of her clients became friends and were frequent house quests. Josefina has many a story, including her kitchen table chat with Howard Hughes.

Her list of clients included:

Barbra EdenBarbara Eden

Barbara Eden made her film debut in Back from Eternity in 1956. She worked steadily in television, finally attaining leading-lady status on the 1958 sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire, in which she played a myopic “Marilyn Monroe”-type gold-digger. Good film and TV roles followed for the lovely blonde actress, and full stardom arrived with the NBC comedy series I Dream of Jeannie.

Elizabeth ArdenElizabeth Arden

Florence Nightingale Graham who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was a Canadian businesswoman who built a cosmetics empire in the United States. At the peak of her career, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world. She was instrumental in making cosmetics acceptable for respectable women.

Josephine PremiceJosephine Premice

Josephine Premice was one of the premier stage actresses of the 1940s and 1950s. She appeared in numerous Broadway plays including Blue Holiday, Jamaica, A Hand is on the Gate, and Bubbling Brown Sugar, twice garnering Tony award nominations for her performances. She was also known for her calypso music which she often performed at night clubs between acting stints, and would go on to record for Virgin Records.

June EckstineJune Eckstine

Wife of U.S. singer and bandleader, Billy Eckstine.

Kim NovakKim Novak

Novak played mysterious Madeleine Elster, the object of Jimmy Stewart’s obsession in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo. Slim, cool and enigmatic, Novak signed with Columbia Studios in 1954 and became a star while resisting attempts to make her a blonde bombshell in the Marilyn Monroe mold. Her films include The Man With the Golden Arm (1955, with Frank Sinatra), Bell, Book and Candle (1958, with Stewart and Ernie Kovacs) and, with Novak as another obscure object of desire, Of Human Bondage (1964, based on the novel by Somerset Maugham).

Lena HorneLena Horne

Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress. In the last decades of her life, she rode a new wave of popularity as a revered icon of American popular music. Her 1981 one-woman Broadway show, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” won a special Tony Award. In it, the 64-year-old singer used two renditions — one straight and the other gut-wrenching — of “Stormy Weather” to give audiences a glimpse of the spiritual odyssey of her five-decade career.

Olga San JuanOlga San Juan

Olga San Juan was an American actress, dancer and comedian, mainly active in films during the 1940s. She was dubbed the “Puerto Rican Pepper pot” for singing and dancing roles alongside Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and others. In 1951, she starred on Broadway in the Lerner & Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon. She married actor Edmond O’Brien in 1948.

Pilar and John WaynePilar Wayne

John Wayne’s third and last wife, married in 1954. They had three children. Like all his wives, Pilar was a Latina from Peru.

Rosemary ClooneyRosemary Clooney

She began her career with her sister as The Clooney Sisters in 1945, at radio station WLW. Rosemary Clooney struck out on her own when she was 21, heading for New York City, where she was immediately signed by Columbia Records. Her first big hit and gold record was a song called "Come On-a My House." Clooney co-hosted a morning radio show with Bing Crosby, and in 1954 starred with Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen in the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Clooney received an Emmy nomination for her recurring role in TV’s hit drama, ER, and won the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2002.

Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan

Vaughan won an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in 1942 and soon joined Earl Hines's big band as vocalist and second pianist. Joining Billy Eckstine's band in 1944, she gained exposure to the new bebop style; she was especially influenced by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker and recorded with them in 1945. Alternating between popular song and jazz, she worked as a soloist for the rest of her career.

Terry MooreTerry Moore

As an adult actress, the well-endowed Moore fell into the late-'40s/early-'50s "sexpot" mold, and was fairly busy onscreen until 1960; after that her screen work was infrequent, though she ultimately appeared in more than a half-dozen additional films. She claimed she was secretly wed to billionaire Howard Hughes in 1949, and that they were never divorced; for years she sued Hughes's estate for part of his will, and finally was given an undisclosed sum in an out-of-court settlement.