Olivia Hussey remains one of the most iconic beauties of the 60s for me, along with Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. God, she was sheer perfection. I was a very awkward 13 year old in 1968 when The Franco Zeffirelli production of Romeo and Juliet came out. Of course, I trundled off to the movies and saw the fantastic production starring her and Leonard Whiting (who was extremely dreamy). It was completely riveting!
Not only being a movie fan, I was an avid fashion magazine devotee. Playing off her Juliet role and exquisite beauty, Olivia Hussey had a great advertising run with the iconic Yardley of London. They had the new Poetry Collection of lipfrost lipsticks, with shades such as Juliet’s Blush, Romeo Red, Balcony Amber, and Poetic Pink; Yardley’s new love poem for lips, and soft and silver-touched. All so wonderfully romantic for us dreamy-eyed teens.
Olivia also advertised Yardley’s Next to Nothing Makeup. With her flawless English complexion, she was perfect for the ad. But for me and my pimples, this was truly stretching it to think it would ever work for me. But I did get to dream a bit of having perfect skin, ethereal beauty, and a Romeo of my own. The enigmatic and gorgeous Olivia Hussey made me think it so.