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The Chicago Premiere of Vidal Sassoon Movie and The Cast of Characters

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Saturday night, Chicago-based America's Beauty Show hosted the Chicago Premiere of Vidal Sassoon The Movie at Cadillac Palace Theater. After the film, Michael Gordon, creator of Bumble and Bumble and producer of the movie, had a question and answer session and assisted the Cosmetologists of Chicago in Presenting the Steuben Crystal Hair Icon Award.

Sassoon arrived 'early bird style' well before the event started and was in very good spirits. Not long after, guests guests started showing up like Mario Tricocci, Robert Cromeans, Stephanie Kocielski, Angus Mitchell & Takashi Kitamura. After a few photos, he assumed his reserved seat in the very last row of the theater by the exit door.

The movie was a very moving tale of his impoverished childhood in an orphanage to the start of his business in London through present day status of his company. The movie's key points touched on the first salon on New Bond street, his television appearances in the 70's, death of his daughter, relationship with his adopted son, divorce of his first wife, model Nancy Kwan, and partnership with designer Mary Quant.

Items of his life we wish were more thoroughly represented in the film include more of his innovative haircuts other than the five-point and the geometric bobs. We would also like the film to have explained intimacies in the relationships with the models who wore the famous hairstyles. Some of these models were Grace Coddington now of Vogue, Twiggy, Rita Hayworth, and Jean Shrimpton. He did, however speak of his Hollywood catapult by cutting Mia Farrow's Hair for Rosemary's Baby directed by Roman Polanski which we found fascinating.

The film ended on an inspirational note with the 83-year old visionary crossing London's Millenium bridge on the Thames embankment. Vidal's metaphoric reflection on that bridge seems as almost an exit statement by saying that

"If you can get to the root of who you are, and you can make something happen from it- my sense is that you're gonna surprise yourself."
· Vidal Sassoon The Movie [Official Site]
· Vidal Sassoon [Official Site]
· America's Beauty Show [Official Site]

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