That Green Dress

About that green wraparound dress Cece wears in Radio Girl, is wearing green really thought to be bad luck in show business?

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Dress patterns, June, 1938

It certainly is for some stage actors. The origins of this superstition are murky at best, with some saying it has to do with the death of actor/playwright Moliere; others, that it comes from outdoor stage productions where the backdrop of greenery would make an actor in a green costume blend in; and still others believe it’s because of the greenish “limelights” once used at the edge of the stage, which would wash out any actor’s green ensemble.

More theatrical superstitions.

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Photo of CarolCarol Brendler is the author of the young adult novel RADIO GIRL (Holiday House) September 5, 2013.
Coming 2014: A picture book, NOT VERY SCARY, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, from FSG.
Also by Carol Brendler: WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER (FSG, 2009) a picture book illustrated by Ard Hoyt.

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