Sorry I haven’t mentioned why I am writing to you. I don’t know how you will feel about this, but I have just finished making a Feature length Documentary about you. It has been nearly three years tracking your life. This has been frustrating, illuminating, tough and yes, FUN….. So I thank you for entering my life. ~Gillian Armstrong, filmmaker
Orry-Kelly worked on over three decades’ worth of classic films: Jezebel, 42nd Street, Casablanca, Oklahoma, Auntie Mame, Some Like It Hot, An American in Paris, Now, Voyager -and hundreds more.
He dressed cinema’s greatest icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyk, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn, and many more. Interviews featured include Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, and costume designers Colleen Atwood, Anne Roth, Kym Barrett.
Outspokenly gay at a time when Hollywood was deeply conservative, a lover of boxing and booze, a charming rebel with a biting wit, Australian born Orry-Kelly always lived a life of artistic and personal integrity.
His accounts of life behind the Hollywood golden curtain are legendary, and include his very close relationship with handsome British actor Archie Leach, who later changed his name to become Cary Grant, and entertaining stories of his powerful friendships with top actresses and Hollywood icons of the time, including Bettie Davis and Jack and Ann Warner.
The new documentary, released today, August 9, 2016 (on DVD / VOD, iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand), WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED traces the rise and fall and rise again of Orry-Kelly who was one of the most prolific, and spectacularly talented costume designers of Hollywood’s golden age: legendary three-time Academy Award winner.
Tracing his four-decade career (which included a very close, live-in relationship with a young Cary Grant) and dazzling creative relationships with a who’s who of Hollywood, this dishy and glamorous film – inspired by his recently published posthumous, long-lost memoir, discovered in a pillow case – unveils the secrets of one of Hollywood’s most singular and outspoken talents.
Veteran Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (MY BRILLIANT CAREER) mixes recreations of Orry-Kelly’s life with testimonies from intimates, admirers, and Hollywood royalty to create an unforgettable portrait of one of Hollywood’s grand godfathers of glamour.
99 min * 2015 * Documentary * Color
Director: Gillian Armstrong (Little Women, Mrs. Soffel, Oscar and Lucinda, My Brilliant Career, High Tide)
Screenwriter: Katherine Thomson
Producers: Gillian Armstrong and Damien Parer
Interviewees: Colleen Atwood, Kym Barrett, Scotty Bowers, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Maltin, Anne Roth, Catherine Martin
Distributed by: Wolfe Video