7/6/09

Vintage Style #4: The Flo Look

Weekly World News, Feb. 3, 1981
From the article:

Polly Holliday’s ‘Flo look’ takes nation by storm

The “Flo” look is sweeping the nation like wildfire!

Polly “Kiss My Grits” Holliday…. is setting the fashion world on its ear.

America’s high-stepping, free-wheeling, “liberated” ladies are more than ready for the “Flo look” – they’re eating it up!
Funny, I don’t remember the “Flo look” being all that popular. Yet, the article makes it sound like everyone will soon be looking like Flo. The horror!

17 comments:

  1. Huh... I don't remember the "Flo look" taking off around here, either. But hoo-wee I remember those type of articles from my grandmother's "papers" (Star, Enquirer, Globe).

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  2. Funny how the "Flo look" could take the nation by storm, and we never even noticed. Hmmm. Something tells me the writer was making it up as he went.

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  3. Same here. Never heard of it. But I loved Flo. She was great.

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  4. Sounds like an editor trying to fill some space, or Polly's publicist fooled an editor into thinking he could be "ahead of the curve."

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  5. I had to look this show up on Wikipedia because I couldn't remember when it was on. Alice ran from 1976 to 1985, 9 years! I can honestly say that I never went out of my way to watch this show. To tell the truth, I couldn't stand the Flo character (actually I didn't really like any of them, which is probably why I didn't watch the show). As to the Flo hair style, it sure wasn't popular with the gang I ran with.

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  6. Alice may be the strangest TV adaptation of movie ever made. The film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Martin Scorsese has all the same characters and setting, but the tone is TOTALLY different - it's somber and somewhat dark.

    capewood - I've probably seen every episode, although never was a huge fan. Flo, Vera and Linda Lavin all annoyed me... but you gotta love Mel Sharples! Vic Tayback is the man.

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  7. I used to watch ALICE all the time. Vera was my favorite. Just loved that wacky chick.

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  8. Your timing for this post is frightening. For some reason I have been having flashbacks of the characters on Alice all week. I never did like this show. It was kind of like a depressing dream. Especially Linda Lavin's accent or when she would sing. The best part of the show was Mel getting mad and calling them "dingy".

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  9. It's weird how these shows never quite leave your subconscious. When I see tapioca pudding I think of Vera (her favorite food).

    Linda Lavin sang at every opportunity, and it was like nails on chalkboard. "There's a NNNEWWWWW girl in town... and she's feelin' GOOD!!"

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  10. All I can think of right now is "Kiss my grits."

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  11. AnonymousJuly 06, 2009

    The intro music to "Alice" gives me the wierd feeling big time.

    ps. This post is hilarious.... the "Flo" look.

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  12. Bet the Flo look included lashings of hair spray to get that hair to sit still.

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  13. I didn't like Flo when that show first aired but now I think she's kind of sexy.

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  14. The Flo look taking the country by storm? To put it in her own words, "When Donkeys Fly!"

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  15. I thought Flo was funny on Alice. They sure struggled to replace her.

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  16. Interesting that you should bring that up, Metal Mark. They ended up replacing her with Diane Ladd, who originated the character of Flo in the film version. She never caught on with the TV audience, however. One could certainly say the show had by then officially jumped the shark.

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  17. First, great blog! I come by every day!
    Second, I have to tell you, when I was a kid, I loved Flo! ( Maybe because she had the same accent as my mom??) The whole summer of 1977 ( I was 4 at the time) I went around telling everyone to "Kiss my grits", much to my mom's chagrin.
    Does anybody remember Polly Holliday as the strange woman in Gremlins?She rides up and down the starts on some sort of chair- type thing.

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