Posted on July 30, 2020
Paige appears in some Electrochemical Company photographs, credited to Peter Gowland, probably taken 72/73.
There is an association between Electrochemical Company and the Ridgid Tool Company, Gowland’s long time clients.
This was one of a few photos from the same series for sale on e-bay a few years back.
Paige had appeared in the 69/70 edition of the Ridgid Tool Company’s famous calendar.
Paige was one model of a few featured in the series which looks like it was a gift for special clients. Ann Cushing and Brook Mills, two Gowland favorites, are the others. Plus one I don’t recognize. Due to the discreet yet not hidden pubic hair in some of the photos, Gowland knew which models would or wouldn’t be interested in this job.
The models all go uncredited including Paige, her “Playmate” status is not indicated.
Paige complains to neighbor Melanie about her relationship with famed film director John Huston.
From the Daily Mail Dec. 2014
“She (Paige) said she had an affair with John Huston, and that he had done things to her, abused her. I remember one incident in which John hid her shoes to make her think she had gone crazy. It was a small thing, but she was really bothered by it.”
“I know she dated Huston for a while and had just gotten back from a trip to Ireland with him.”
Some essential context:
John Huston owned and lived in an Irish estate named St. Clerans, located in Galway, Ireland, from 1953 to 1973. His daughter, the actress and director Anjelica Huston, spent many years there as a child, which she discusses in detail in her memoirs.
Given what Melanie said about Paige having “just returned from Ireland” to visit Huston, Paige would necessarily have been one of Huston’s last guests, as the St. Clerans estate was sold sometime in 1973.
These are the years of John Huston’s marriage to Celeste Shane Green, 1972-1975. Huston’s 5th marriage and CiCi’s 2nd.
“Cici” spent time living (visiting really) St. Clerans during her marriage to Huston.
Celeste was (and is) involved with horses and boarded at least one at Sepulveda Stables in the early 60s. It’s another factor which places Celeste in the same world as Paige.
Cici grew up in a wealthy Beverly Hills family with three brothers. Her father owned a successful car leasing company and rented out his yacht to celebrities like Frank Sinatra. (See chapter: The Shanes of Beverly Hills)
Cici’s first husband is screenwriter Wally Green. They have a son named Collin.
Cici visited Huston’s St. Clerans Ireland estate as a newlywed, it was August/September of 1972. She brought along her son Collin and his caregiver Maricella, who also acted as Cici’s “maid.” Wally Green also visited his son at the estate.
John Huston later said “Cici was as out of place at St. Clerans as anyone could possibly be.”
Cici said “I wasn’t prepared for the eleven servants, the mistresses, Betty O’Kelly, Gladys.”
Celeste took an instant dislike to John Huston’s assistants, Betty O’Kelly and Gladys. One of the women co-wrote scripts with Huston.
Cici felt the women, and several employees of the large staff, were taking advantage of Huston by overcharging him and using his money for their own personal shopping. Huston was frequently absent due to directing films all over the globe plus he was not a good manager of money.
This created a lot of tension at St. Clerans.
Cici wanted most of the staff fired but Huston refused.
About St. Clerans’ horse caretaker Cici said “I caught him with quadruple charges for horseshoeing. I know about horses. He couldn’t screw me around.”
Cici was especially outraged by the visit of her husband’s young mistress, Zoe Sallis, who of course brought along her out-of-wedlock son by John Huston: Danny Huston. Cici resented the monthly allowance (and breakfast in bed) afforded to Zoe.
Horsemanship was one thing Celeste, Huston and Paige all had in common. John Huston and Paige were both painters, these factors may have played a role in their connection.
I have read several biographies on John Huston that indicate he was a womanizer and had many marriages, flings, short-lived and long-term romances with numerous women over the decades and apparently of all ages.
I read that he wasn’t one to indulge in “one-night-stands.”
Also, from what I’ve read, Huston had a meanstreak in his personality that he would sometimes unleash on the ones most likely to be hurt by it. (See Melanie’s recounting what Paige told her about John Huston hiding her shoes.)
Huston was also displayed great generosity.
Information and quotes from Lawrence Grobel’s book: “The Hustons” published by Scribner’s. Check this book out for a much more in-depth look at John Huston. I also found information from Huston biography Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers.
Given what Melanie said in the Daily Mail and the sale of St. Clerans, Paige’s visit likely was in 72-73. If so, she may have witnessed or even been involved in the drama between Cici, Betty, Gladys, and Zoe Sallis.
I had an email exchange with Celeste Shane Huston and she confirmed knowing Paige and Huston knowing her as well. She denies that Huston and Paige had affair. She wrote that 2 prominent lawyers purchased Paige’s ticket to Ireland.
NEW. From the great LA writer Jack Smith, He sees Huston and Hefner with others including an “unidentified sex object,” at a backgammon tournament, sometime in 1972. The observation by Smith happened around the time Cici and Huston were married.
More about John Huston ahead.
It’s her only appearance in any of the Gowland instructional books that I have seen, which is nearly all of them.
(The image on left looks like it’s from 68 the Ridgid calendar photograph)
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