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Lily Pons Tells Critics of Scant Apparel To Wrap Themselves in a Mother-Hubbard jury States, By FREDERICK; c. OTHMAN United Press Hollywood Correspondent HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 13. (UP)-Lily Pons, who wears skirts when she sings in opera and a brassiere and panUes of feathers, which tickle, in the movies, told critics of the latter apparel today to go wiap themselves in a mothcr- hubbard. Miss Pons' clothing controversy stalled \Uien she took oil her operatic apbes and donned three ounces of leathers and a generous coatme of talcum powder to play the lead in "Hitting a New High.'' Nobody complained .-- in fact, e \ e i j o n e admncd -- until Pictro Cimmi, the celebrated symphony orchestia maestro left his podium in San Francisco :lor a tour oi R-K-O studios, where, lo his amazement he discov cred Miss Pons-, in her feathers, standing on lop of a white piano and singing "the Plonaise from Mignon.'' She had an appieciatuc audience oi' Jack Oakie, Edward Everett Hoi'ton and numerous other j folks, except Cimini. He wasn't ' appscciative. He said: i "Putting opeia in tights seems I u n n e c es sary, undignif'ed, and i breaking Jaith with the opera." i ''J wasn't wearing liglns,'' re! toited Mis-; Pons, indignantly "That was suntan powder he saw." She said lurthermoie that she makes a point of wearing whatever costume, or lack thereof, called for by the part she is playing, if the scnpt says overcoat, she wears an overcoat, and of course, vice-versa. Her cuuent role is one of those vice-versa cases. "1 wear feathers in this picture but if ihe picture was an opera v "I d wenr feathers on stage, too," bhe said. "And what of it? "Why I remember v, hen Mary Garden played an 'Salome.' She didn't even have feathers and was criticized all over the world But I noticed one \ ery important thing. ''The opera house was filled every night." Miss Pons added that she feared the cntical maestro had failed to take a good, long look at He must have been thinking of ihe old days when opeia slais were paid according to their girth. "They wouldn't have dared to appear in a costume like mine." Lily said. "It would have been indecent." Another note on dignity, un- I dignified, comes from Ernst

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 15 Oct 1937, Fri,
  3. Page 13

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