Monday, 23 November 2009

Beegle ...

'SHE HAD THE INDUSTRY OF THE BEE AND THE SOARING POETRY OF THE EAGLE' ... this is how her husband, Tony Duquette, described Elizabeth and gave her the nickname Beegle.


With her "flawless, opalescent skin and moon blond hair", she had the face of a Renaissance painting and the mystery of a cloistered nun.


Beegle dressed as the forest at the Noailles's ball, La Lune sur La Mer, c.1951


She was a talented fine artist and muralist, who met her soon to be famous husband while both studying at The Choinard Art school. Elizabeth was also the favourite artist of MGM director Vincente Minnelli.


Beegle on her wedding day, taken in the Pendletons' garden, Beverly Hills



Beegle in their carriage house in Neuilly France in the upstairs sitting room of the Porcelain Pavilion c. 1951
She is wearing a gown fashioned from an antique court train found in the Paris flea market.


Tony Douquette was flamboyant and extroverted, Elizabeth was the exact opposite.
They were married for over fifty years and lived and worked together until her death in 1994.
Their respective talents were perfectly suited and their artistic collaborations complemented each another.

"Beegle was the love of his life"
She is an inspiration!

Happy Monday.
xx

All Images from: Tony Duquette

7 comments:

  1. Hi Marina

    I loved reading about the beautiful Beegle - some people are just so blessed. Hope you have a lovely week. Leigh

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  2. Hi Marina, I loved reading this....and what beautiful photos.

    A huge thank for the response you left on my blog today....thank you for your support and encouragement....and for "getting" just what I was saying! How exciting and inspiring that you have travelled so much with your family....I am so thankful that I both studied and lived abroad when I was younger and that I have travelled quite a bit....seeing and experiencing other countries and cultures is such a gift - especially for your children, how fantastic!

    Have a lovely day, keep dry!
    Simone :)

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  3. Lovely post!
    The first image is gorgie.

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  4. One class act is the oh so glamorous Beegle! That bone structure, no words could do it justice.
    Millie ^_^

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  5. Oh hi honey, great post. I just love that picture of her on her wedding day, it's so beautiful.

    re comment don't worry, hope all your plans go really well, you must be so excited.

    Great week to you,
    xxx

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  6. So beautiful, Hun!

    By the way, I passed along an award to you on my recent blog post :)

    xoxo
    Rachel

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  7. HI DARLING, I LOOOOVE TONY DUQUETTE, A FRIEND OF MINE HAS THE LATEST BOOK LAUNCHED ABOUT HIM, IT'S AMAZING!!
    COME BACK TO MY BLOG AND LET ME KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU, I SEE WE HAVE GREAT INTERESTS IN COMMON ;)

    @ MAISONCHAPLIN.BLOGSPOT.COM

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