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1995 Red Venus Gene

As your Hollywood star rises, you look for more challenging roles that test your talents. And you especially relish playing characters completely unlike yourself. This is what happens to Gene when she plays Red Venus, a gangster's mistress, in the film of the same name. As the provocative Morgan O'Day, she demonstrates how she can portray a "bad girl" and make her sympathetic. Critics praise Gene for the dramatic edge she brings to this suspenseful film. They're particularly impressed with Gene's defiant strut to a police car on the arms of two arresting officers, wearing an outfit as sensational as her performance. Gene makes her film debut as a sultry redhead in this role, her hair arranged in sensuous, cascading waves that catch the light like burnished copper. Dressed all in red, her off-the-shoulder gown is iridescent taffeta, accented by a floor-length boa of gathered tulle and matching heels. She completes the look with a multi-strand choker of garnet-colored beads. Though simply designed to complement her perfect figure, the gown's asymmetrical cut and dramatic draping create quite a stir on Seventh Avenue, leading to many imitations. But no one will ever wear this dress as beautifully as Gene does...and it helps make her a screen legend! Released: 1995 Retired: 2001 Circa: 1944 Designer: Tim Kennedy Company: Ashton Drake Price: $69.95