Hudson (Annette Starr Bruce) Papers

Annette Starr Bruce Hudson serving Eggo Waffles to Earl Hines for radio spot, 1956, Annette Starr Bruce Hudson papers, MS 47, African American Museum amp; Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Annette Starr Bruce Hudson (1920-2002) was born on March 16, 1920 to Elmer G. and Marguerite Starr in Oakland, California. After graduating from the Merle Norman Institute in 1953, she opened a Merle Norman Studio selling cosmetics and perfumes. In 1954, she opened a charm and modeling studio, Annette's Studio of Transformation, in Berkeley, California, which trained hundreds of graduates each year in personality development, voice and diction, wardrobe, modeling, makeup, hairstyling, figure control, visual poise, and social grace. In the 1950s, Hudson also wrote the social event column, People!, Places!, and Things!, for the African American newspaper The California Voice.

The Annette Starr Bruce Hudson papers consist of photographs, correspondence, brochures, programs, newspapers clippings, awards, and ephemera documenting her career as an instructor of dance, modeling and charm classes.

Dates: ca. 1860s-2002
Bulk Dates: 1950-1963
Collection number: MS 47
Creator: Hudson, Annette Starr Bruce.
Creator: Starr, Henry, 1899-1962.
Collection Size: 5.75 linear feet (7 boxes + 2 oversized boxes)

Guide to the Annette Starr Bruce Hudson Papers

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