New Years Eve party turned into a nightmare that lasted until 5 in the morning

December 31, 1964, Thursday Wild Open Party for New Years Eve

Worked on Senior Play from 9 am to 4 pm, than came home. Lauri called and said the girls would be at my house at 7:30. I was depressed, because I thought it would be a dead night! Mom and Dad left, then the boys started coming. They weren’t cute and I felt like a stranger in my own home. I didn’t know anyone. It was pretty boring. The boys brought in liquor and started drinking. They got out of control and called up the Liquor store and my friend who works there, Mike Giller delivered it. I danced with him and than kissed him. The place was getting terrible. Boys were passed out, fights were breaking out all over and this crazy boy pulled a knife and pushed a boy through the back porch window and broke the glass. He was bleeding all over. The worst part was some boys swiped all of dad’s liqour, he’d been saving. When Mike Giller came back at Midnight I felt better. We all kissed and danced, than I went into the bedroom and made out with him He got pretty wild and unzipped my pants, but I stopped him, then he tried my blouse, I couldn’t control him. I was scared! I left and went in the other room and another boy grabbed me and started kissing me. Lauri went into my room and made out with some guy. The kids left, but came back at 3:30. We cleaned up and Mom and Dad came home at 4 am. The boys stayed until 5 am. The girls stayed all night. Some boys from Westchester were there and told me Bryon isn’t going steady anymore!! I hope this New Year will bring him to me!


Last words of 1964:

Now I’m 5’4” and weigh 120 lbs. My measurements are 38-24-36.

This was such a bitchen year for the first 6 months, then the roof fell in. The last 6 months were so sad…nobody, just nobody!! I felt so unpopular. I sure hope things start picking up. My New Years wish is that I will find somebody to love. I wish Byron would ask me out more than anything, so I could see if he’s worth wasting my time on.  Love, Sharrie

Howard’s songs

You’re No Good

It’s the Little Boy

You Can’t Do That

She Loves You Ya Ya Ya

We’ll Love Again

Popsicles, Icicles


Dave’s songs

Crooked Little Man

It’s Over

Party Girl

She Don’t Understand Him

Bread and Butter


Byron’s songs

Baby, Babysitting

It Hurt’s to be in Love

Baby Love

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Planning a New Years Eve Party at my house tomorrow night!

December 30, 1964, Wednesday

Had my Senior pictures taken with Pearl. Then drove to the beach for old times. It was the last time this year and it made me sad, because it brought back old good and bad memories. All the fun of Howard, Dave, Doug and I wish Byron. I’ve still got to get him! Toes is all deserted, nobody goes there anymore accept me and Sandy. She still hopes to run into Jack someday. The Dandy-Lyons, our sponsor’s, took the Saffrons out to lunch and to a Fashion Show, at Bullock’s Wilshire and it was wonderful. Then I went shopping with Mom. After all that I came home and called Lauri, to decide what to do for New Years. We’re having 6 girls stay all night and have a party at my house. I don’t think it will work out, but, I guess it’s better than nothing.


Sharrie High School Play 1965 003My Senior picture.  I liked my hair and I thought I should win for best hair, in the yearbook, but I didn’t, probably because it was exotic and two colors.  The Senior Play, “Home Sweet Homicide” is coming in two weeks and I hope I don’t get sick again.

The biggest thing I learned this year is how much I love my mother and I’m so proud of myself for finally standing up to Nana and defending my mom.  I didn’t get the guy I wanted, but maybe 1965 will be my big year for finding true love.


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Nana reminds me of Endora the Witch, from the TV show Bewitched!

December 29, 1964, Tuesday

Well today was it with Nana! She bugged me too much! I finally told her off. I really told her what I thought of her. It was a terrible fight, but I can’t stand to see my Mom hurt so much. So, Nana really got it. I told her nobody could stand her and she never closes her mouth long enough to listen to anybody else. I found out you can’t argue with her, she has an answer for everything. Finally she got so upset she left and my sister Donna had to leave her apartment she was staying in, and come home. I felt terrible, but I couldn’t help myself any longer, She’s a Monster!

Nana 1968Here is a picture of Nana in 1968, taken at our house in Culver City, right after the sale of the Maybelline Company.

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She reminds me of Samantha’s mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead),  the chief antagonist in the TV show, Bewitched.  Except Nana was much more beautiful.

Nana and I were very close, but we’d get into verbal battles that would end with one of us walking out the door.  Read my book The Maybelline Story and you will see what I’m talking about.  


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My mother wore the famous “Scandal Suit,” while I preferred a black fringe bikini

December 28, 1964, Tuesday.

We got our bathing suits from Fiesta Pools, after 6 months of waiting. When you buy a pool from their company, they give all the women new suits free. I didn’t like any of them. Then I took my sister Donna and her girlfriend shopping and I got 3 pair of capris… black, red and coral. I came home and got dresssed. Pearl picked me up and we picked up Donna and Marilyn Collier and drove all over. We went to Scott’s and talked to some ugly boys, then we went to Tiny Nailor’s in Westchester, but we left and came home. It was a wasted night a usual.

saffrons rule fiesta poolsWe got free bathing suits from Fiesta Pools, but they were full piece and nobody cool would be seen in them.  

saffrons rule black mesh bathing suitMy mom liked the black Scandal Suit!  A two piece with see through mesh holding the top and bottom together and it looked fantastic on her.  I wore it a couple of times,

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but I preferred an even more scandalous, black fringe bikini.

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“The Scandal Suit, the earth-shattering 1964 design by Margit Fellegi for Cole of California. At the time, Lycra was still new, and it was the development of new fabrics containing Lycra that enabled Fellegi to make this suit – so bare, yet so covered up.

The first of the Scandal suits were shown to Cole sales representatives in September of 1964. The show was stunning, and many salesmen declared it would not fly in the more conservative parts of the country. But Cole was committed, with a huge ad compaign already in the works, an ad campaign centered around the line, “Isn’t it time somebody created an absolutely wild scandal for nice girls?” This line was uttered by a young lady perched on a brass bed on a beach. Yes, this was scandalous in 1965!

It was also successful. The suit was on the cover of the New York Times, and featured in an article in Life magazine. Imitations soon flooded the market. It seems as if American women were ready to be a little daring!” -Courtesy of


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Why does Nana have to be so terrible to my Mom, it makes me sad!

December 27, 1964, Monday. Nana bugs about everything!

Didn’t do anything all day. I didn’t even get dressed. Nana stayed all night again. She opened her Christmas presents, but will probably return everything as usual. I couldn’t stand it if she lived here. She’s always putting Mommy down with little remarks, like, “it’s a pity Daddy can’t get the right food, he’s just dying, eating nothing but starches all the time.” Mom always has a beautiful dinner, but of course she’s been running herself to death these Holidays. Then Nana gets mad because Daddy bought Mom a beautiful coat and robe. Mom and Dad went to a party at his cousin Al and Jean’s, but something happened, because Mom sat in the car.

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My dad’s cousin, Al Williams is the closest thing to a brother anyone could ever have and when he and my dad get together they are as funny as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.  In fact everyone in our family could be comedians, with the quick wit and hilarious sense of timing they all have, (including Nana.)  Here is Al Williams and my cousins, Ann Williams-Corbett, with Nancy, Chuck and Jimmy Williams.  


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My parents surprised me by having my 1957 Chevy painted for Christmas

December 26, 1964, Sunday. Got my 1957 Chevy Painted!

Today we returned some of the clothes we got for Christmas. I returned my coat and got some blue capris and $170.00 credit… Then I got the biggest surprise ever!  Mom and Dad got my car painted! I was never so surprised ever! It’s just like a brand new car. I just loved it!! I can’t believe they did this for me. I just love them! Mommy returned her $40.00 robe I got her and got a blue sweater and a blazer. I sat under my new sun-lamp tonight and it really works!!! I’m getting tan. I’ll look like I went to Palm Springs for Christmas. I stayed home and rested tonight. I’m exhausted from the holidays.

saffrons rule 57 chevy and meMy parents showed their appreciation of me working two jobs just to be able to buy them great Christmas presents, by having my car painted.  It looked so shiny and new and was so unexpected that it really made it the best Christmas ever.  1965 was going to be a great year.

saffrons rule sun lamp 2One of my favorite Christmas presents was a sun lamp, which I used everyday in the dead of Winter.  It really worked and made me look healthy and tan all year round.

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I had to wear sun goggles to protect my eyes… so you can imaging how funny I must have looked with giant curlers in my hair getting a tan in the bathroom with these on.

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This Christmas Unk Ile announced he was going to sell the Maybelline Company

December 25, 1964, Saturday. My Fair Lady opens today

Was too tired to get up with the kids. Slept until 2:00. I got a white leather coat lined in black fur, with a hood, which I didn’t like, so I’m taking it back. Also got my wine and pink colored capri outfit I wanted and I love it! Mom and Dad loved the things I gave them. They were so sweet. Unk Ile, Jean and Al and their kids, my cousin John Huber from Chicago, plus the whole family came over. It was a big night!  But, it didn’t seem like Christmas to me. I’m sad I’m not a little kid anymore and no longer believe in Santa Claus. I just hate to get presents for some reason, but, I’ve discovered after working so hard, that I love to give them to others. I got $10.00 from Unk Ile and $35.00 cash from Mary and Granddaddy. I was very sad to see Mary in Mayme’s place with Granddaddy.


Christmas card from Maybelline


Unk Ile, was my dad’s uncle and Godfather.  He was also the founder and owner of the Maybelline Company.  He came to our house every year for Christmas and gave us kids a crispy $10.00 bill in a card.  We all looked forward to this because in 1964,  $10;00 could buy about $70.00 worth of things at today’s value.

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The eyes open in this card when you pulled a tab, showing the thick black Maybelline mascara.  It was signed Lots of love from Unk Ile.

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My dad in front of the Christmas Tree, he decorated every year.  We all dressed up for Christmas when Unk Ile was coming over.

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Though he is laughing with Nana, Unk Ile was very sad this Christmas, because his lifetime partner, Emery Shaver had died a couple months before.  It was after Emery’s death that Unk Ile, decided to sell the Maybelline Company and began to look for a buyer.  It would take three years, to find the perfect buyer and finally sold to Plough Inc. December 1967.

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Tom Lyle Williams, on the left with Emery Shaver, at the Villa Valentino, in the Hollywood Hills during the 1940’s.  They had been together for nearly 50 years at Emery’s unexpected death…Emery was only 61 years of age.  


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Learned the true meaning of Christmas by caring about others more than myself

December 24, 1964, Thursday. (It was one year ago that Howard called me and we got back together.)

This was the worst day of work. We were just flooded! I was on my feet for 9 hours without sitting. I finished my Christmas shopping. Got Mom two blouses, a skirt, capris, perfumed hangers, and a bra. And, for Daddy, brown pants, shirt, sweater, socks and a tiny Crown tie clasp. Out of everything I love the Crown the best, because he is like a King! After work I bought Nana a long white sweater coat. Granddaddy a vest and Mary a red sweater. Everyone came over for Christmas Eve and we opened presents. Then we went to the Candlelight Service at Mr. Hoag’s Church in Westwood. (The Congregational Church.) I cried so much, because it was just the same as when Mayme was there. (My grandmother, who died last year,) even the same people. We came home and I wrapped presents with Mommy until 5:00 in the morning. It was so tough assembling toys for Billee and Preston. The living room was a fantasy to behold in the candlelight. Gifts filled the chairs, couch and fireplace hearth and the smell of homemade cookies and peppermint created an atmosphere I’ll never forget it.   saffrons rule Christmas eve 2 Looking like the Munster’s on Christmas Eve, here is a picture from left to right, of Billee, Preston, Mary, (Step-Grandmother,) me, my dad and Nana. The Christmas Stockings are hung on the Mantel, waiting for Santa Claus to fill them when he comes tonight.

  saffrons rule Christmas eveLooking like Dracula with a Pinocchio nose here, I wrapped presents with my Mom, until the Sun came up.  My Dad assembled the toys and went to bed, but my Mom and I stayed up to create a Wonderland for everyone.


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Sometimes my Dad can be so unkind to my Mother, It makes me sad.

December 23, 1964, Wednesday

Worked all day, it’s really getting tough these last days of Christmas. Everybody’s doing there last minute shopping and we’re just going crazy with wrapping. I got off for a break and Mom picked me up. She was very upset with Daddy. He’s giving her a lot of trouble about spending too much money. Now she’s taking back everything she got for herself. She went home crying and I took the car back to work. I picked up a few things for her. I wish I could buy her the best of everything and Daddy too! I’m going to do my best for Christmas. I love them so much!!

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My mother, five years later, in 1970.  I miss both my parents everyday and only wish I could have appreciated all they did for me all my life.  


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I’m going to Santa Monica City College after graduation and Major in Drama

December 22, 1964, Tuesday Was 45 minutes late for work. Mom and Dad came by and we went out to lunch. Mom picked me up at about 7:00 and we just came home. I cut my hair again, because there were scissors there and I can’t control myself if I see scissors. I hope I didn’t ruin it. I cut about 6 inches off the crown and sides. I can’t wait to see it tomorrow. There are only two more days of work, than Christmas! I get paid January 7th, after Christmas. But now is when I need it. I have so much to do for school, when I go back. Only 6 more months left of this school year, then I’ll be done!!  Done with High School at last!! I don’t see how anybody could like school. I bet I’ll never use half of the stuff I learned there.

Saffrons Rule cut hair  I ruined my hair so many times because I can’t keep my hands off scissors, especially trying to get it even and having to keep cutting it until eventually I have to have it professionally styled. saffrons rule graduation girl   I’m counting the days until I graduate, Summer of 1965.  All I care about is Drama and will go to Santa Monica City College for two years and Major in Drama while I go to auditions and do local live Theater.

. saffrons rule Thespian I have been accepted and will be a member of the International Thespian Society after Graduation! (The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for high-school and middle-school theatre students)

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