On Being Marlo

When I was in 5th grade I distinctly remember it being the end of the era of the bouffant hair do on television. The illustrious honor went to Marlo Thomas who starred in “That Girl”. She portrayed Ann Marie, a single, aspiring actress in Manhattan with a cool apartment and mod wardrobe, a supportive boyfriend, Donald Hollinger, and plenty of wacky temp jobs until she landed the big roles that always alluded her.

I think she was every ‘tween girl’s dream of how they wanted to look and be when they grew up. She was independent. She was gorgeous with her flashing, expressive, heavily lashed peepers and perfect smile but it was her hair…. her hair that caused us to run and find our mother’s rat tail comb.

She was the first person I noticed who used her sunglasses propped on the top of her head like a head band. She was so hip and with it.Being the conservative I am, even back then, I waited too long to hop on the trend. By the time I figured out the teased ‘bump’ adorned with my satin blue ribbon, the new season began in TV land and Ann Marie returned in the fall sporting a modern middle part. Think Gloria Steinem. The bump was no more and was destined to be only a memory seen in reruns.
sniff sniff

There is a relatively new product called the “Bumpit”.
(if you click on the link, be forewarned of the initial ‘scream’ on the site). It has sold out recently on HSN.com (I have added the hyperlink to costumer comments.) You can find You Tube missies spending Saturday night at home in front of the camera demonstrating the wonders of this device. Notice they all have thick, long hair or extensions.

Has anyone tried it?
Maybe this time it won’t be too late for me to be hip and groovy.

Post Song : “That Girl” – Stevie Wonder
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  1. I used to watch That Girl. I can still hear Ann Marie saying “Oh, Donald”. I haven’t tried that hair thing, but was very curious about it when I saw the commercial!

  2. Ooh cool invetion – will hvae to look out for these when they hit blighty! Thanks for the tag by the way – but I’ve already done it – sob!! Please tag me agin though!! I love tags – a bit of fun! 🙂

  3. I loved the show back then too! Look at Marlo now, she’s the fabulous spokesperson for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!

  4. I had a hairdresser use something similar on me for an event awhile back. It was a really whimsical, princess effect. Get one! What a fun change. You deserve to be “THAT GIRL”!

  5. Thank you for the sweet comment! 🙂

  6. I don’t really have long enough hair for it, but I have recently been seeing this all over the web. Seems cool…. and I so wish I could have watched My Girl back in the day. I guess it wasn’t shown in small-town Iowa.