Norman Lear and Susan Classen
(© Leigh Ann Rahn)
Norman Lear and Susan Classen
(© Leigh Ann Rahn)
A Conversation with Edith Head, at the El Portal Forum Theatre, officially opened at October 1 at 8pm. The solo play stars Susan Claassen, and is written by Paddy Calistro and Claassen.

In this show, Edith (played by Claassen) shares her humorous and fascinating stories of working with Hollywood stars, directors, and producers from Mae West to Grace Kelly to Steve Martin, and shows actual wardrobe pieces, designs, and inspirations for some of America's most famous movies.

Attendees included producer Norman Lear, actors Barbara Rush, Paige Davis, Paul San, and Gregory Zarian; fashion expert Lawrence Zarian; costume designers Jean-Pierre Dorleac, Chiff Chally, and Jacqueline Saint Anne; Mary Rose, president of the Costume Designer's Guild, and Head's longtime friend, Tim Malachosky.