22
Feb
08

Dawn Steel Was A Shoe Lady

Anybody read the book “They Can Kill You But They Can’t Eat You” by the late, great female film executive Dawn Steel? Well, if you haven’t, I highly suggest it.

It’s an empowering book that tells about her life and how she became a studio exec – she was the first woman to run a major Hollywood studio when she stepped into the head slot at Columbia. She did a bang-up job of producing films as well, having put the special “Dawn touch” to smash-hit Hollywood flicks like Flashdance, Top Gun, Fatal Attraction and City of Angels.

She’d have wowed us all today, but brain cancer took her at a very young 51.

Now, the reason I mention Dawn and her book is that shoes changed her life.

Yes, they did.

Dawn was a genuine shoe lover who conveyed that special love as part of her biography

As a matter of fact, shoes were the impetus for her getting to Hollywood from Great Neck, Long Island.

Seems that Dawn was enamored with a certain pair of Pappagallo flats with flowers on them.

Not floral print…no there was a big, pretty leather flower on the toe of each shoe.

And they came in a rainbow assortment of colors. Dawn credits the high price of these ‘must-have’ shoes to her getting into business selling mail order plants, which was the foundation of her life.

Try as I might, I can’t find a picture of these shoes anywhere. And yes, I have looked high and low, tech-wise. Zip. Perhaps one of you would be more successful? Or does anyone have a similar tale of shoe inspiration? I know our blogger Stephanie Simons wrote about a similar “aha’ moment when she saw Candace Bushnell speak (check out “Operation Authoress.”) There must be more of us out there…. Tell me a tale… what shoes changed your life?

Dawn Steel proved that, when you follow your dream and that dream involves sexy, fun, fashion footwear, it’s all good.

http://www.amazon.com/They-Can-Kill-You-but-Cant/dp/067173833X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203665392&sr=8-1

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